Premier League recaps

Burnley take point in draw at Chelsea (video)

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  • Burnley took lead after eight minutes
  • Huguain and Kante scored within two minutes of each other
  • Burnley came back to earn a point, now at 40
  • Chelsea moves up to fourth place on 67 points

In a wild, back and forth affair, Burnley cane away with a crucial point in a visit to Stamford Bridge as Sean Dyche’s side looks to stave off relegation.

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Burnley scored first and then rebounded from a one-goal deficit to draw Chelsea, 2-2, on Monday at Stamford Bridge. With the draw, Burnley is now nine points clear of relegation, while Chelsea moved into fourth place, passing Arsenal.

After a strong start by Chelsea, Jeff Hendricks shocked the fans at Chelsea with a terrific strike on the half volley off a corner kick that flew past Keba Arrizabalaga in goal. The goal put Burnley up, 1-0 after just eight minutes.

However, only four minutes later, Chelsea struck back. N'Golo Kante fired home a strike in the 12th minute, finishing a pass from Eden Hazard after the Belgian took his fullback defender to task. Two minutes later, Gonzalo Higuain produced some fantastic footwork to put Chelsea in front.

In the 24th minute, Chelsea’s defending went missing off a free kick. Burnley was able to get headers from Ben Mee, Chris Wood and then finally Ashley Barnes, who nodded home to tie the scoreline and give the match its fourth goal in the first 25 minutes.

Chelsea had to bring on Pedro late in the first half, as Callum Hudson-Odoi limped off and was substituted.

Tempers flared in the second half as both teams looked for the winner, but were unable to find the proper finish.

Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa: Aguero helps City take opportunity with both hands

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  • Aguero scores two
  • Yaya, Sterling also score
  • Villa stay 20th with 16 points
  • Guzan saves Aguero PK

Sergio Aguero missed a penalty which would’ve given him a hat trick, and that can be Manchester City’s only complaint after burying Aston Villa on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

A scoreless first half gave way to a sky blue second, as Aguero netted twice to go with goals from Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling in a 4-0 win.

City stays fourth, two points back of Arsenal with a match in hand. Aston Villa is now nine points back of 17th place.

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Sergio Aguero absolutely worked Aly Cissokho to the right edge of the six, and Guzan did well to stop the Argentine’s curling effort from seeing the back of the goal.

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Yaya finally put City ahead with a casual-enough pass home in the 48th minute, after a set-up from David Silva and Aguero.

It was 2-0 less than a minute later, as Wilfried Bony‘s through ball into the 18 was ripped off Aguero and into the goal on Micah Richards‘ attempted clearance.

Aguero blasted a shot past Guzan, near post, to make it 3-0 in the 61st minute. Sterling added his goal, off a Navas pass, soon afterwards.

The rain kept pouring when Kelechi Iheanacho won a penalty by wrongfooting Ciaran Clark. But Guzan stopped Aguero’s effort to keep it 4-0.

Everton 2-3 West Ham United: Payet, Hammers produce stunning comeback

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  • Lukaku opens scoring
  • Mirallas sees red
  • Lennon makes it 2-0
  • West Ham surges back for win
  • Payet has goal, assist

It had to be Dimitri Payet, didn’t it?

The star of West Ham’s season nutmegged Joel Robles in the first minute of stoppage time to complete the comeback that Michail Antonio and Diafra Sakho started, as the Irons beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon staked Everton to the lead, though a Kevin Mirallas red card sat in the middle to make it anything but safe. Lukaku would later miss a penalty.

West Ham rises to fifth, two points ahead of idle Manchester United, while Everton sits 11th.

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Adrian was caught out-of-position by Lukaku’s run, as Kevin Mirallas slipped the Belgium through three West Ham defenders. Lukaku bounced his shot past the splayed keeper, and it was 1-0.

Mirallas turned his assisting credit into a trip to the doghouse with a second yellow card in the 34th minute, condemning Everton to 10 men for almost an hour.

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The Toffees doubled their lead despite the disadvantage, as Lennon cut through a mess of West Ham defenders to pass a shot behind Adrian. Game?

If it wasn’t over then, it could’ve been when John Stones won a penalty with 23 minutes to play. Yet Adrian stopped Lukaku’s poor effort.

The desperation meant we were deprived of another memorable Antonio celebration when West Ham pulled one back late. Would the missed pen come back to haunt Everton?

Yep! Sakho headed Dimitri Payet’s cross past Joel Robles, and it was level with plenty of time on the clock.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Queens Park Rangers: Eagles soar after scorching start

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Crystal Palace beat London rivals Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday after a blistering first half display.

The Eagles were 3-0 up at half time as first half goals from Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Joel Ward did the damage. Matt Phillips scored a stunning goal for QPR late on, but it was the best moment of yet another poor away display from the R’s as they remain in the bottom three.

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With the victory Palace remain in 12th on 33 points, while QPR are in 18th on 22 points with nine games to go.

After a nervy start in south London, Palace took the game by the scruff of the neck as Scott Dann went close twice through headers. Then in the 21st minute a surging run and a wonderful cross from Yannick Bolasie on the right was slotted home by Zaha at the back post. 1-0 to Palace, but it came at a cost as Zaha and Jason Puncheon both needed treatment after slamming into the post.

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Both Zaha and Puncheon continued to torment QPR’s backline in the first half, as the Eagles were dominant with both Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray close to doubling their lead. The Eagles did go 2-0 up in the 40th minute as Joe Ledley’s ball found Bolasie out on the left and an almost identical cross found McArthur who tapped home from close range. Seconds later it was 3-0, as Zaha found Ward on the edge of the box and his deflected left-footed effort crept into the far corner for his first-ever Palace goal.

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After a shocking first half performance QPR improved, slightly, but Palace still looked more likely to extend their lead rather than the R’s chipping away at it. Both Puncheon and Zaha were injured and had to leave the pitch, with the former pulling up with a suspected hamstring injury.

Palace had several chances as QPR failed to get going, but late on Phillips provided a moment of magic as he drilled home a shot from all of 45-yards with a stunning strike. Sublime. Phillips then went close from long range once again as Speroni pushed another effort wide and Niko Kranjcar also went close but it was all too little, too late for the R’s.

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Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Kelly; McAthur, Ledley, Puncheon (Gayle, 56′), Zaha (Mariappa, 57′), Bolasie; Murray (Sanogo, 80′)

Goals: Zaha (21′), McArthur (40′), Ward (42′)

QPR: Green; Furlong (Hill, 45′), Caulker, Onuoha, Suk-Young; Henry, Sandro (Kranjcar, 84′), Wright-Phillips (Grego-Cox, 85′), Phillips; Taarabt; Austin

Goal: Phillips (84′)

Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Blues cruise, hammer London rivals to stay top

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Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, as Jose Mourinho’s men remain six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

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First half goals from Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba set Chelsea on their way, plus a late strike from Loic Remy sealed the win. Chelsea are still unbeaten after 14 games, with 36 points. Spurs move down to 10th on 20 points.

Early on Tottenham pressed hard as Jan Vertonghen rose high in the box and nodded over but inadvertently headbutted Chelsea’s Gary Cahill. Both players received lengthy treatment but returned to the pitch, although Cahill looked visibly shaken.

Soon after, Tottenham rattled the crossbar as Kane lost John Terry but crashed his header against the bar from six-yards out. Kane almost had another minutes later as he nicked the ball from Cahill on the left, surged forward but drilled his effort across goal and wide.

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Chelsea scored with their first meaningful of attack of the match as Hazard picked up the ball on the left, played a one-two with Didier Drogba and slammed home at the near post past Hugo Lloris. 1-0 to Chelsea.

Less than five minutes later it was 2-0 to the Blues as a poor clearance from Lloris found its way to Oscar and the Brazilian played in Drogba to slam home. Chelsea in cruise control. Before the break the Blues could have added to their lead but Willian sent a tame effort at Lloris.

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At half time Kurt Zouma replaced Cahill, as the latter was clearly still feeling worse for wear after an early head injury. Despite being cheered on by a vocal away following, Spurs failed to create chances in a largely uninspired display.

Drogba was found at the back post by Oscar but slipped at the crucial moment but his replacement, Remy, added a third with a cool finish as Chelsea coasted to victory at home to stay top of the league.

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Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill (Zouma, 46′), Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas (Mikel, 76′); Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba (Remy, 67′)

Goals: Hazard (19′) Drogba (22′), Remy (73′)

Tottenham: Lloris, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Bentaleb, Mason (Paulinho, 58′), Lennon (Chadli, 58′), Eriksen, Lamela (Soldado, 74′), Kane