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Crystal Palace comes back to stun West Ham United

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A VAR goal with minutes to spare gave visiting Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.

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Jordan Ayew pushed a Gary Cahill knockdown over the line after Patrick Van Aanholt equalized from the spot, as Palace moved fourth with 14 points.

Sebastien Haller gave West Ham a lead, but the loss keeps Manuel Pellegrini‘s side from entering the Top Four. The Irons have 12 points and sit 7th.


Three things we learned

1. Guaita keeps it even early: That blonde-shock of hair in the golden shirt made two incredible saves on Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson in the first half-hour, and the Spaniard has performed as a top half goalkeeper according to most metrics. Saturday was no different.

2. Team goal gives West Ham its lead: West Ham’s opener had the fingerprints of Manuel Pellegrini all over it. Anderson blazed down the left side, and both Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini passed up chances to force a shot or cross until the ball got wide for square pass for a lunging Haller to poke home. Beautiful stuff.

3. VAR gives Ayew the winner: A lengthier than usual review added drama to Ayew’s winner, which was initially reviewed offside. Man was it close again, but Ayew was in the right spot when Gary Cahill nodded a free kick to the edge of the six.

Man of the Match: Fredericks — Sent the ball to Haller for the goal in addition to a point-blank goal line clearance.


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Chances came for the hosts early, with Andriy Yarmolenko cueing up Sebastien Haller for a point-blank chance saved by Guaita and Anderson nodding to the keeper from in-tight.

At the other end, Ryan Fredericks made a goal line clearance when Zaha drove the line to set-up Jeff Schlupp.

Angelo Ogbonna chopped a shot over the goal in the 52nd, a prelude to Haller’s low finish two minutes later.

Palace was awarded a penalty when Declan Rice blocked a shot with his raised arm, and Van Aanholt finished his chance in the space normally occupied by Luka Milivojevic.

Van Aanholt also had a crucial intervention at the other end.

Rashford penalty enough for Manchester United v. Leicester City

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Injury-battered Manchester United used an early Marcus Rashford penalty to get back in the win column with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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The win boosts United into fourth at this point in the weekend, on eight points, while Leicester drops fifth on the same point total.


Three things we learned

  1. Penalty problems at bay — Rashford gave the Red Devils some relief after they had missed two of three from the spot to start the season.
  2. Defense holds firm — United won’t like how often it was on the back foot at home to Leicester City, but Harry Maguire and Co. were up to the task of dealing with the Foxes’ dangerous attack. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maguire were the key pieces, though Paul Pogba was surprisingly a key piece to the defense on the day.
  3. Foxes are gonna be a handful — Brendan Rodgers men reacted well to going down a goal, and the danger provided by James Maddison, Youri Tielemans, and company is going to sustain Leicester City deep into what should be table and cup charges.

Man of the Match: Aaron Wan-Bissaka — The right back was against instrumental in just about every facet of the game plan.


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Marcus Rashford won and converted a penalty to calm the nerves at Old Trafford, with Caglar Soyuncu the defender at fault.

Soyuncu came close to getting a dangerous shot on goal, and David De Gea made a nice save on Hamza Choudhury in stoppage time.

Daniel James dribbled to the center of the pitch and tried his luck from 25 yards to start the second half, just missing the bar.

Maddison smashed a dangerous free kick wide of the far post in the 56th, while ex-Leicester star Harry Maguire headed into Kasper Schmeichel‘s hands at the other end.

Spurs overwhelm Crystal Palace with 4-star first half

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Heung-Min Son led a four-star first half as Tottenham Hotspur sure looked “re-focused” in their 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

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Erik Lamela scored from a Harry Kane assist and Serge Aurier helped produce a Palace own goal to go with a Son brace.

Spurs move onto eight points, good for third place at this point in the weekend, while Palace stays on seven.


3 things we learned

  1. Smooth Son — The beauty of South Korea’s Son is how simply he makes it all look. Yes, he’s got power and industry, but the dribble on his first goal and back post smash on his second were both made to look far easier than the degree of difficulty. What a marvelous, often overlooked star.
  2. Winks the secret weapon — What a job Spurs have done developing Harry Winks, who is the sound holding midfielder the club has craved for some time. He’s calm, and was easily the top performing non-scorer when he left the game for Tanguy Ndombele. When both are part of the same midfield with Christian Eriksen, you’ll see the Spurs you’ve been expecting this season (which is what you saw Saturday as well).
  3. Eagles defense rustyMamadou Sakho looked a bit off his game in his first start of the season, and both Gary Cahill and Patrick Van Aanholt also had poor moments as Spurs ran rampant. Lots of work to do here.

Man of the Match: Heung-min Son


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Vicente Guaita needed to make a first minute save on Heung-min Son, as Spurs came flying out of the starting gates.

Son was the one to put Spurs ahead in the 10th minute, cooking Mamadou Sakho and Gary Cahill before cutting the ball back across his body to beat Guaita.

Son set up Spurs second goal, as did a Palace defender. The South Korean sent Serge Aurier into the right side of the box, and the Frenchman’s cross deflected off Patrick van Aanholt and past Guaita.

The third was a love letter to our sport. Harry Winks turned a Christian Eriksen layoff into an inch-perfect ball to Aurier on the right, who sent his assist over the Palace defense for a lethal finish from Son.

It was 4-0 before halftime, as Son played Kane down the right and the striker crossed through a sea of Palace defenders for Lamela to pass home.

Wilfried Zaha stung a shot at Hugo Lloris just before halftime, Palace’s only bit of danger.

Man City go top with defeat of Cardiff City (video)

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  • Sane with goal, assist
  • De Bruyne opens scoring
  • City back atop table with 80 points

Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane scored as Manchester City eased back atop the table with a 2-0 defeat of Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

City now leads second place Liverpool by one point, hitting the 80-point mark for the second-straight season. City also has a 9-goal advantage in goal differential.

Cardiff City remains 18th, five points back of safety.

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Neil Etheridge made a great stop on Riyad Mahrez in the match’s first stages, but it wasn’t a precursor to a legendary clean sheet.

De Bruyne made it 1-0 with an effort which is either a delightful strike or a wayward cross, and certainly looked more like the latter.

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s bad giveaway gave Gabriel Jesus the best of several early chances, but the Brazilian sent the ball over the bar.

Jesus turned playmaker when he chested a cross to Sane, who left no doubt with a low drive into the goal.

Etheridge made a fine stop on Phil Foden in the second half as Cardiff City bid to keep the score line in check.

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Spurs christen new stadium with win (video)

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  • Spurs stage 1st game in new stadium
  • Eriksen with assist, goal
  • Son scores first goal in stadium history
  • JPW: Stadium a game changer

Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen scored second half goals as Tottenham Hotspur opened their new stadium with 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

The win puts Spurs back into third place on 63 points, while Palace is 13th with 36.

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The first half was, quite obviously, a half of firsts. Dele Alli registered the first shot on target in the Premier League history of the new stadium.

Vicente Guaita made a low stop on Christian Eriksen before taking a poke from a rebound-hunting Heung-min Son.

Son ran onto an Eriksen through ball and lashed a shot that Guaita fumbled out of bounds for a corner.

Spurs had several claims for handball in the Palace box, but no call arrived at home.

Eriksen added a goal in the 80th minute, falling backward amidst penalty cries when he hit the ball past Guaita.

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Spurs had most of the ball in the early stages of the second half as well, save a Michy Batshuayi shot wide of the post.

Then Son went into the history books as the first goal scorer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, taking a touch to the middle before shooting across his body with a left-footer that took a wicked deflection to beat Guaita in the 55th.

A blocked pass sprung Harry Kane on goal, but he floated his effort wide of the gaping frame after beating Guaita.

Palace had its chances late, but the stars were aligned to give Hugo Lloris a clean sheet at the new stadium.