AT HALF: Cresswell’s sensational free kick keeps West Ham in it

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Manchester City has been having its way with West Ham United, but it hasn’t stopped the Irons from putting up a pretty thing for the home fans.

Aaron Cresswell brought forth the bubbles at the London Stadium with a sensation swooping free kick that left Ederson’s dive pushing air and adding to the aesthetics.

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What a goal, which unfortunately came after West Ham was the last team to touch two shots into its own goal.

It’s 2-1 City at the break, with the visitors’ second goal standing as their 100th for the season.

WATCH: De Bruyne thunders another distance goal for Man City

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The voters have already marked their ballots, but Kevin De Bruyne sent out a “Don’t forget about me” to Premier League Player of the Year debaters on Sunday.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 4-1 West Ham ]

With Man City already in full control of visitors Swansea City, the Belgian playmaker lashed a 25-yard beauty beyond the reach of Lukasz Fabianski.

According to Opta, it’s De Bruyne’s PL-leading fifth goal from outside the box. He has eight league goals and 15 assists this season.

Mahrez after stunning free kick: “It was difficult to come back”

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“In this type of game, when it is close, you need a free-kick,” said Riyad Mahrez after Leicester City came back to draw Bournemouth on Saturday.

And in this type of game, it’s very good to have Riyad Mahrez on hand to take it.

[ RECAP: Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth ]

The Algerian playmaker buried a stoppage time set piece to get a point for the Foxes in a 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

“I saw the goalkeeper was a little bit on my right and I took the chance,” Mahrez said. “We deserved a point at least and it was good for us not to lose.”

Mahrez admitted that he was frustrated during the January transfer window, but he certainly doesn’t mind burying a chance to grab a point.

“Obviously it is good for me after what happened in the last few weeks. It was difficult to come back, I think I did it well and it is a good thing to score and help the team.”

Showstopper stops the show. Pretty fitting, and Leicester has one team to chase down and FA Cup results to fall their way in a bid to return to Europe.

AT HALF: Son scores beauty; Swans rolling, Bournemouth ahead

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Long injury delays have given the five first halves around the Premier League disparate finishes, but just four goals have arrived across the quintet of matches.

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Mame Biram Diouf took a vicious challenge from Wesley Hoedt that somehow went uncarded, while Winston Reid was stretchered off in a scary incident between West Ham and Swans.

Leicester City 0-1 Bournemouth

Joshua King has won and converted a penalty kick as the Cherries are off to a fine start at King Power Stadium.

Swansea City 2-0 West Ham United

The Swans revolution is being televised, and Ki Sung-Yueng is being projected by the direction of Carlos Carvalhal. He scored again to start this one, and Mike Van der Hoorn made it 2-0.

There’s been a scary injury in between the goals, as Winston Reid got his knee bent in a grotesque fashion before being stretchered off with his neck in a brace.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Huddersfield Town

The final ball hasn’t been there for Spurs over the past two matches, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s men are dominating again. Heung-Min Son has the goal, and it was beautiful stuff from Spurs.

A fine American note from esteemed stats man Paul Carr:

Southampton 0-0 Stoke City
Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

VIDEO: Lionel Messi’s violent free kick puts Barcelona ahead

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You feel for goalkeepers in this situation, especially one like Lionel Messi’s countryman Leandro Chichizola.

The 27-year-old Argentine goalkeeper, in his La Liga season, stared down a pair of Barcelona giants who stood just a couple of yards beyond his 18.

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The wall was set-up, but what if Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez put it over the wall and under the bar?

Lemme just cheat oooonnnne ssstteeeepppp…  Whoops.

Messi hammered a left-footed free kick into the upper 90.

The best part of the video might be the audible, “That’s-the-other-team-but-that’s-wonderful” from the Estadio Gran Canaria crowd.