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Chelsea extremely fortunate in comeback v. Cardiff City

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  • Camarasa gives hosts lead
  • Azpilicueta scores offside equalizer
  • Controversial non-red before Chelsea winner

Controversial poor calls marred what could’ve been a wonderful day for Cardiff City, as Chelsea came back to win 2-1 in Wales on Sunday.

Cesar Azpilicueta scored an offside goal and Ruben Loftus-Cheek nabbed a winner moments after Chelsea was absolved a pretty obvious red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock stood in front of the referee Craig Pawson’s maligned unit to applaud fans after the match.

Victor Camarasa put Cardiff ahead just after halftime, and Cardiff was unlucky not to take three points (let alone one).

The Bluebirds remain five points back of safety, while Chelsea moves level on points with fifth place Arsenal. The 60-point total is one fewer than Spurs and Manchester United.

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As expected, Chelsea had most of the early play, but Lee Peltier did hit Kepa Arrizabalaga with a strike just after the half hour mark.

And the Blues paid for their sleepy first half moments after the start of the second, with fine first touch passing leading to Camarasa’s side-footed wonder.

Harry Arter chopped down substitute Hazard in the 54th minute to give the Blues a prime free kick from the left, but Chelsea was unable to convert the opportunity.

Sean Morrison looked set to deny Chelsea its equalizer with two timely interventions, but the Blues went level off a corner when Azpilicueta nodded past Neil Etheridge.

Antonio Rudiger was shown a yellow card after taking down Kenneth Zohore in what seemed to be a clear denial of a goal scoring opportunity.

And as sure as Cardiff boss Warnock berated the fourth ref, Chelsea scored its winner moments later through a clever Loftus-Cheek header.

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Beauties from Lacazette, Aubameyang lead Arsenal to win

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  • Mustafi, Aubameyang score
  • Cardiff equalizes twice
  • Lacazette the difference late

Alexandre Lacazette had a goal and an assist as Arsenal was too much for stubborn Cardiff City in a 3-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shkrodan Mustafi also scored for the Gunners, who held three one-goal leads in winning their second successive match under Unai Emery.

Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward scored equalizers with Cardiff City’s only efforts on target, as Cardiff remains on two points.

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Petr Cech passed the ball to Cardiff’s Harry Arter just outside the 18, but Arter slipped in cutting to make the interception and Cech was able to cover the frame before Arter zipped a shot over the goal.

Shkrodan Mustafi’s sliding effort missed high at the other end moments later before making good on his threat in the 11th minute. Mustafi shook Sol Bamba on a corner kick and pounded a header home.

Alexandre Lacazette zinged an effort off the far post in the 33rd minute, the Gunners in clear control of the match aside from a nervy moment or two via Cardiff counter.

That changed in the final few minutes of the half, as the Bluebirds burst through the door to get their first goal of the season (the final team of the 92 English clubs to do so).

Camarasa missed badly on a volley effort, but he quickly found the loose ball and belted it past Cech. 1-1 in first half stoppage time? Cardiff boss Neil Warnock would’ve signed up for that.

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The Gunners were frustrated by Cardiff’s shot blocking and tight zone for much of the early second half, but Alexandre Lacazette’s gorgeous back heel flick of Mesut Ozil’s pass was smashed home by Aubameyang.

Cardiff improved after conceding, with a pair of corners and an Arter-won free kick yielding hope for the home support. The latter paid off, with Ward heading off the post and into the goal.

Lacazette’s swaggering celebration came in the 81st minute after he turned Lucas Torreira‘s pass into space and shot an arrow near post and into the upper 90.

Neil Etheridge made a pair of saves on Lacazette and Ramsey in stoppage time.

Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth: The rare thrilling nil-nil

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  • Saints unbeaten at home all-time vs. AFCB
  • Arter’s plant foot slips on PK attempt
  • Sides level on 34 points

An entertaining, flowing match that saw both sides ascendant at different times saw Bournemouth fail in its 13th bid to win at Southampton in a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Harry Arter missed a late penalty kick when his plant foot gave way, and Bournemouth now had eight losses and five draws in its history of trips to Southampton.

The point boosts both sides above Watford, with Southampton holding a 10th place advantage by virtue of goal differential.

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Dusan Tadic had a pair of early chances. The latter was especially close, a nice flicked pass from Jay Rodriguez that saw Tadic’s finishing angle a bit too acute.

Rodriguez was flagged for offside before putting the second of two chances past Artur Boruc.

Saints continued to control the play. Nathan Redmond won a free kick that ended with Oriol Romeu nodding to a prepared Boruc.

Steven Davis saved Andrew Surman‘s shot off the line in a 34th minute muddle.

Tadic missed a third chance in the 38th minute, putting a lay-off by Redmond onto the outside of the right post, and Boruc made a terrific stop on Rodriguez before the break.

Bournemouth had a moment after the hour mark, as Joshua King laid off for Benik Afobe. The ex-Arsenal man took an extra touch and missed wide of the goal for a huge missed chance.

Moments later, James Ward-Prowse and Tadic both had chances turned away at the other end, and Rodriguez and Ward-Prowse came off for Shane Long and Sofiane Boufal.

The Cherries had a chaotic moment in the 72nd minute, as Adam Smith hit the post through traffic and Forster slid to stop Marc Pugh‘s rebound attempt. A third chance sailed over the bar, but Bournemouth was humming.

Wilshere then played Ryan Fraser through on goal with a gorgeous pass, and Fraser hit the deck in inconspicuous fashion. A penalty was awarded, but Harry Arter’s plant foot slipped to send the ball way over the frame. Lucky Saints.

Romeu was especially effective for Saints in the draw.

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All apologies: Sissoko’s mean-looking elbow played down by Arter

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko connected with a rather nasty-looking elbow to the head of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in Saturday’s scoreless draw at the Vitality Stadium.

Arter reacted furiously on the pitch, and no discipline was given to Sissoko (though we suspect that will change).

Sissoko was sent off twice at Newcastle, one for a stamp on Andy Carroll and again for a dirty tackle on Lucas Leiva. He also infamously got away with a 2015 ankle stamp on Joe Allen.

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But Arter, who it must be said has often seems a class act, said Sissoko’s apologized and played down Saturday’s incident.

“He said afterwards he caught me by accident,” Arter said on TV. “He is not that sort of player.”

Still, expect a charge for the Spurs’ midfielder. However you judge the incident, we’ve seen fines and suspensions for much less.

Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe discuss Moussa Sissoko elbowing Harry Arter in the face. Both Martino and Mustoe feel Sissoko should have been given a red card and could face a suspension as well.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth: Cherries seize vital point, could’ve had more

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Bournemouth couldn’t find its finish in a dangerous second half, but the Cherries improved their standing to five points clear of the drop in a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Odion Ighalo was a constant threat for the hosting Hornets, but was just off in his finishing.

Watford drops to 10th, a point ahead of Chelsea and six behind fifth place West Ham United.

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There wasn’t much offensive electricity in a scrappy first half, though Ighalo did his best to provide what few chances did arrive at Vicarage Road.

Bournemouth lost valuable attacker Junior Stanislas to an injury in the 23rd minute.

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Max Gradel and Andrew Surman teamed up for good-looking series of passes inside the 18, but the ball was cleared just as Gradel brought his leg back to strike at goal.

The Cherries kept pushing, and Harry Arter swirled a gorgeous shot that Heurelho Gomes saved before thanking a higher power for his reach.

Then Nordin Amrabat carried around the right to cut back a hard, high pass for Ighalo, but the Watford attacker couldn’t control his header and it went over the bar.

At the other end Dan Gosling missed a prime chance, and then Gradel’s grounded header lost its momentum on the way to Gomes.

It finished level which, given Ighalo’s misses and Bournemouth’s momentum, was probably fair.