Some surprising score lines certainly raised my eyebrows this weekend. Leicester City made league history as they completed the greatest away defeat in Premier League history. Manchester City keeps rolling with a 3-0 comfortable win over a solid Aston Villa squad. Manchester United finally gets a 3-point result as they beat Norwich City 3-1 at Carrow Road. The American Christian Pulisic finally scored for Chelsea. But made bigger news when he put three in for the hat trick, his first ever. Arsenal is still stuck in a slump after they tied Crystal Palace 2-2 this weekend. And Mo Salah’s penalty-kick game winner propelled his Liverpool over Tottenham in the game of the week.
Liverpool vs Tottenham –
Action started right away in this exciting fixture. In the opening seconds of the game, Moussa Sissoko beat several Liverpool defenders in the center of the park. He then slid a ball into Heung-Min Son’s feet on the wing. Son then took Trent Alexander-Arnold on and after a couple stepovers, he fired a shot. The shot fortunately hit Arnold and his the top of the post. However, Harry Kane was wide open and the six-yard line to head in a rebound. Harry Kane’s sixth goal of the premier league season came in the 1st minute which gave Tottenham the lead from there on. Liverpool had a couple of great chances created by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, but weren’t able to convert.
Then, in the 52nd minute, Liverpool tied the game. After a couple minute of consistent pressure from the Liverpool side, Fabinho sent in a dangerous chip ball into the Tottenham box. Sadio Mane went up for the header, but was shoved. Liverpool players and fans pleaded for a penalty kick. Jordan Henderson kept playing and made the run back post. He one-time a bouncing ball with his left foot and buried the ball into the bottom left corner. Liverpool’s build up and finishing was clinical in the goal.
Liverpool then took the lead in the 75th minute off of a Mo Salah penalty kick. Sadio Mane was sent a cross that was over hit. He intelligently put his leg in front of the defender’s knowing that Aurier, the defender would have a swipe at the ball. Instead of kicking the ball out for a Liverpool corner, it was Mane’s calf. The ref blew the whistle with little argument from the Tottenham side. Mo Salah left the Tottenham goalie in shambles with his decisive penalty kick to propel the Liverpool side, and eventually scored the game-winning goal.
Manchester United vs Norwich City
Manchester United scored two first half goals after a couple of amazing Tim Krul saves to set the tone of the match early. Scott McTominay buried the opener after a great save from Tim Krul off of a Anthony Martial shot. Marcus Rashford then scored late in the first half as he was sent a long ball into a range of space. Rashford was able to comfortably take a couple of touches setting himself up for a shot that went under Tim Krul. Tim Krul was one of the biggest performers in the match, making not one, but two penalty saves. Norwich City are still in the relegation zone after the loss against United, while United bumps up to seventh place. Manchester United would have scored many more if not for Tim Krul’s unbelievable performance.
Manchester United won a Premier League away game for the first time since February.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Manchester City put on a second show to propel themselves after Aston Villa. After a couple of great chances, Manchester City and Aston Villa were scoreless at the half. Seconds after the half, Raheem Sterling slotted home his sixth in club and for England. David Silva then got the slightest of touches of a ball sent from Kevin de Bruyne. Then Iilkay Gundogan sent in a beautiful, karate-kick volley that really won the game for Manchester City.