The 25th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 brought with it some wonderful action, last-gasp goals and the usual dose of spectacle and drama.
Liverpool fail to register a win with a draw against West Ham on Sunday, while Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea secured all three points. Here are the results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.
8. Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield Town
Full-time: Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019
Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Chelsea returned to winning ways with a much-needed 5-0 victory over Huddersfield. Higuain opened the scoring after 16 minutes with his first goal for Chelsea, who came under scrutiny after they were thrashed 4-0 by Bournemouth on Wednesday. Hazard made it 2-0 with a penalty in first-half injury-time and then added the third in the 66th minute. Just three minutes later Higuain got his second, curling in a shot from the edge of the area, with the help of a deflection. David Luiz added a fifth in the closing minutes, with a powerful header from a corner that was deflected into his own net by Kachunga. The win ended a troubled week for Sarri, following Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Bournemouth – their heaviest league defeat in 23 years.
7. Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2019
Manchester United secured a hard-fought 1-0 win against Leicester City on Sunday, thanks to a ninth-minute strike from Marcus Rashford on his 100th Premier League appearance.
Rashford was found inside the area by Paul Pogba’s aerial pass, and United’s no.10 fired past Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel emphatically. The victory means United have won five consecutive away games for the first time since September and October 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson and hoisted them to fifth in the table. United dropped their first points under Solskjaer in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday but boosted their hopes of a top-four spot and Champions League football next season with Sunday’s win.
6. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle United
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 2, 2019
Son Heung-Min came to Tottenham’s rescue again as Spurs beat Newcastle to climb above Manchester City in the Premier League table. The South Korean marked his first game back from international duty with the equalising goal in the midweek win over Watford and came up with the goods again as he scored in the 83rd minute to break the Magpies’ resistance at Wembley. He had goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to thank, though, as the Slovakian allowed Son’s shot under his body when it should have been a routine save. The win means Pochettino’s side set a Premier League record as they reached 29 matches in a row without a draw, eclipsing Bolton’s mark of 28 set in 2011.
5. Everton 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Three goals! Three points! Wolves with a fantastic win on the road. Ruben Neves opened the scoring from the spot before Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker rounded off the victory. #EVEWOL
— Wolves (@Wolves) February 2, 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers registered their third successive top-flight win by beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park. Andre Gomes cancelled out Ruben Neves’ opener from the penalty spot before goals by Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker cemented Wolves’ seventh-placed spot in the Premier League. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side stayed seventh after an eighth win in their last 12 matches. Everton, though, drop to ninth after a fourth league defeat at home this season as the pressure mounts on boss Marco Silva.
4. Burnley 1-1 Southampton
Ashley Barnes’ last gasp penalty has salvaged a point for Burnley, in a game that saw Clarets second-best for large parts. This result sees both sides remain outside of the relegation zone by five points, although it will be Southampton who will feel they should’ve won the game. The game looked like it was set to be a stalemate as neither side could find the breakthrough, but a moment of magic from Redmond proved to be too much for Burnley as he skipped past a challenge and fired the ball past Heaton. The hosts were given their chance to secure a deserved point on a plate when defender Jack Stephens was penalised for a handball inside the penalty area, and Barnes stepped up to fire the ball past a static McCarthy with the last kick of the game.
3. Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 2, 2019
Crystal Palace eased their relegation worries at the expense of Fulham with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Luka Milivojevic scored from the penalty box in the 25th minute, after a handball from Cyrus Christie, whilst two minutes from time Jeffrey Schlupp scored his 4th of the season, after some good work from new signing Michy Batshuayi. Batshuayi nearly put the icing on proceedings but his drive from distance was caught by Rico, and one last attempt by Calum Chambers failed to force Guaita into his first save of the day as Palace cruised to a league double over their opponents and move further away from the relegation zone.
2. Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 3, 2019
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick for Manchester City closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool after victory over Arsenal at Etihad Stadium. The reigning champions took the lead after 46 seconds through Aguero’s header as Arsenal nearly crumbled early on, but they were soon level as Laurent Koscielny scored a header of his own from a corner 11th minute. But City went in ahead at half-time as Aguero simply finished off from Raheem Sterling’s fine assist 44th minute, and the Argentine completed his hat-trick with a fortuitous close-range touch off the side of his body 61st minute, though there was a suspicion of handball.
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1. West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool
It ends all square at the London Stadium.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 4, 2019
Liverpool dropped more points in their pursuit of the Premier League title as they struggled to a 1-1 draw against West Ham United. The league leaders broke the deadlock through Sadio Mane midway through the first half, but it was an unconvincing performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side and the Hammers were well worth the point, given to them by Michail Antonio’s quickfire equaliser. Jurgen Klopp’s side are now only three points clear of second-placed Manchester City, but the nine-point advantage they held on 29 December has now been cut to only three following two successive draws and a return to form for Pep Guardiola’s side.