The 26th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 brought with it some scintillating action, a flurry of goals and the usual quality and quantity of extravaganza.Β 

All Premier League heavy-weight teams registered a win, except Chelsea, who were hammered 6-0 by Manchester City on Sunday. While Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham secured all three points. Here are the results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.

Fulham 0-3 Manchester United

Manchester United moved into the top four of the Premier League as they march on with their unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with an easy 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. A brace from Paul Pogba, a first-half stunner and a second-half penalty, and a brilliant individual effort from Anthony Martial secured the three points for the Old Trafford side. United took the lead after 14 minutes as Paul Pogba opened the scoring with a sensational first-time shot at the near post that Sergio Rico should have dealt with better. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team made it 2-0 when Anthony Martial took it all upon himself right from the halfway line to embarrass the Fulham defense and score a beauty of a goal. United scored their third goal in the 65th minute, as Pogba guaranteed the victory with a composed penalty after Juan Mata was brought down inside the box.

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Watford 1-0 Everton

Watford piled more distress on Everton manager Marco Silva on his return to Vicarage Road as Andre Gray’s 65th-minute strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the Hornets. After a scrappy start to the match, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had to make an outstanding stop with his head in the 10th minute to keep Etienne Capoue’s close-range effort out. Hornets shot-stopper Ben Foster then saved Kurt Zouma’s header and Cenk Tosun’s powerful drive as Everton enjoyed the better of proceedings for most of the first half. Gray came at the opening of the restart and proved to be the difference. In the 65th minute, Will Hughes took the ball on the right after a very smart flick-on from Craig Cathcart and used his strong vision to pick out the Hornets’ striker who couldn’t miss.

Huddersfield Town 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal got back to winning ways away from home as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi secured a 2-1 victory against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. It was the first time the Gunners have picked up three points away from the Emirates since November 25, while the Terriers have now lost seven Premier League home matches on the bounce. Arsenal made the break-through early in the first half as Alex Iwobi’s deflected volley wrong-footed Ben Hamer in the 16th minute. Huddersfield barely threatened the Gunners but had a case for a penalty when Laurent Koscielny appeared to block Jason Puncheon’s effort with his hand, only for referee Jonathan Moss to wave away the protests. Unai Emery’s side worked the ball well down the right before Ainsley Maitland-Niles played a low cross to the far post for Alexandre Lacazette to tap home his 12th goal of the season.

Southampton 1-2 Cardiff City

Cardiff City came out on top at St Mary’s as the Bluebirds leapfrogged Southampton to climb out of the relegation zone. Second half goals from star performer and captain Sol Bamba and a late winner from Kenneth Zohore sealed Cardiff’s win, despite Jack Stephen’s equalizer in the 90th minute. The hosts enjoyed 67% possession at St Mary’s, but despite finding the target with seven of their 14 attempts they struggled to test Etheridge in the Cardiff goal. Earlier in the season, it was thought that Cardiff didn’t stand a chance to stay in the Premier League, however their mentality and performances of late have suggested otherwise.

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United

The honors even at Selhurst Park after Crystal Palace and West Ham United played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon. West Ham took the lead 27 minutes in from the spot after Michail Antonio was brashly brought down in the penalty area by the Vicente Guaita, allowing Mark Noble to give the Hammers the lead in the first half. Palace dominated the majority of the game but couldn’t find a way though a stubborn West Ham defense with an outstanding Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks keeping everything out. But finally, after much pressure, the equalising goal came with 15 minutes to go through Zaha, who returned to the squad following a spell out through suspension. The Ivorian international found his way through on goal, and with some luck from a West Ham defender, Zaha lobbed the ball over Fabianski to give Palace the equaliser, and to ensure the points were shared when the final whistle blew.

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Liverpool secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday. The win, registered with goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah, moved Jurgen Klopp’s side temporarily, but Manchester City who crushed Chelsea on Sunday and returned to the top on goal difference with a victory. Sadio Mane opened the scoring on the 24th minute after heading in James Milner’s pin-point cross, before Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead 10 minutes later with a sublime finish over goalkeeper Artur Boruc. In the 48th minute, Naby Keita chipped a ball over the top of the defence for Roberto Firmino to run onto, with the Brazilian then teeing up Mohamed Salah inside the box, to which the Egyptian slotted a low finish into the bottom-left corner.

Brighton 1-3 Burnley

Burnley moved out of the Premier League relegation zone after securing a 3-1 victory over Brighton at The Amex on Saturday. The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute when Lewis Dunk slipped and former Brighton striker Chris Wood was one-on-one with Matt Ryan. His powerful effort went straight into the top left-hand corner. In the 61st minute, Burnley doubled their lead after Dwight McNeil played in Wood and the striker curled his effort into the bottom right corner. With 18 minutes left, the visitors were awarded a penalty after Ashley Barnes went clean through and was brought down by Ryan. Barnes stepped up and put his effort into the bottom left corner to make it 3-0. Brighton pulled one back with 15 minutes to go, as Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick was headed in by Shane Duffy.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Leicester City

Tottenham Hotspur carved out a 3-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday night. The Spurs went ahead through Sanchez by meeting Eriksen’s whipped cross with a diving header in the 33rd minute, although Leicester’s players complained he was in an offside position. Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes later as Eriksen collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a fierce shot past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Vardy tapped in from close range 14 minutes from the final whistle after a well-worked move allowed Ricardo Pereira to drill in a cross from the right. Tottenham struggled to shake off their visitors and were left frustrated as Son’s penalty claims received a yellow card for simulation under Harry Maguire’s tackle. After a long period of Leicester pressure, Son settled nerves of the home supporters by slotting in Tottenham’s third with a solo run from the halfway line.

Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick again as Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League in a dazzling style by trouncing Chelsea 6-0 at Etihad Stadium. In a devastating opening 25 minutes, Man City went 4-0 ahead. Raheem Sterling and an Aguero brace made it three inside 20 minutes before Ilkay Gundogan fired in the fourth. Aguero then scored his third midway through the second half to become City’s all-time leading league goalscorer on 160 goals, while he also equaled Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of scoring 11 hat-tricks. Sterling scored his second 10 minutes from time to seal a commanding win for City which moves them above Liverpool on goal difference with both sides locked on 65 points, while Chelsea remain fifth, 15 points behind the pair, after their heaviest Premier League defeat.


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