The 27th match-week of English Premier League (EPL) 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Sunday and brought with it some breathtaking action, last-gasp goals and the usual dose of thrills and spills.
There are different motivations at play in Premier League, however, with some teams looking out for the top spot, a few battling for a first-four spot and the rest, trying to salvage some pride. Each match had its own narrative and the teams delivered in spectacular fashion. Here are the results and highlights from the week gone by:
8. West Ham United 3-1 Fulham
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 22, 2019
West Ham United returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against relegation-threatened Fulham at London Stadium on Friday night. The Hammers had to come from behind after Ryan Babel swept the Cottagers into a third-minute lead, and they owed much to Robert Snodgrass’ wicked set-piece delivery for turning the game on its head before the interval. The Scotsman sent two decisive corners into the danger area, which led to Chicharito and Issa Diop making it 2-1 to the hosts. Fulham kept West Ham honest to the end, and it needed a last minute Michail Antonio header to wrap the three points up.
7. Cardiff City 1-5 Watford
WHAT A NIGHT!
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) February 22, 2019
Gerard Deulofeu fired Watford up to seventh in the Premier League with an outstanding hat-trick against Cardiff City in their 5-1 win. Deulofeu opened the scoring on 18 minutes when his 20-yard drive found the bottom corner. The pacy winger added a second on 61 minutes after rounding Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. Deulofeu completed his hat-trick just two minutes later with an astute chip to put the result beyond doubt. Troy Deeney scored his first goal on 73, minutes, side-footing into the net from Deulofeu’s low cross. Cardiff skipper Sol Bamba scrambled in a consolation goal from a corner with eight minutes remaining. Deeney completed the scoring from close range in stoppage time after latching on to Will Hughes’ cross.
6. Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
FULL-TIME: Burnley take the points on a disappointing afternoon at Turf Moor. pic.twitter.com/52u56tEt3c
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 23, 2019
Burnley recorded a famous 2-1 victory at Turf Moor against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, either side of a Harry Kane goal condemned Spurs to only their third away loss of the season. The Clarets opened the scoring shortly after the break as Chris Wood rose highest to head home Dwight McNeil’s inswinging corner. Kane, making his first appearance since 13 January, equalized after latching onto Danny Rose’s quick throw-in and poking past Tom Heaton, before Ashley Barnes tapped in Burnley’s second. This loss could prove a huge blow in Spurs’ aims for their first ever Premier League crown with games against Chelsea and Arsenal coming next week.
5. Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) February 23, 2019
Joshua King missed an 85th-minute penalty as Bournemouth were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with in-form Wolves in a high-flying game containing three spot-kicks. King gave the Cherries a 14th-minute lead from 12 yards after being brought down by Joao Moutinho, but Wolves pulled level with a spot-kick of their own in the 83rd minute, Raul Jimenez slotting home. Referee Roger East then remarkably awarded a third penalty just two minutes later after Ryan Fraser when down softly under Ivan Cavaleiro’s challenge as he entered the area, King this time firing wide from 12 yards. While Eddie Howe’s side will be disappointed not to have taken all three points, they have at least ended a run of two defeats, while Wolves remain in eighth after being leapfrogged by Watford on Friday.
4. Newcastle United 2-0 Huddersfield Town
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) February 23, 2019
Newcastle United eased past 10-man Huddersfield Town to move four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone. After Newcastle missed several chances in the first half, striker Salomon Rondon swept in the opener 59 seconds into the second period. Ayoze Perez drilled in the second although Paraguay forward Almiron could not add the goal his display deserved. Record signing Miguel Almiron was a constant threat to the Huddersfield defence, having a hand in the second goal and three shots on target himself. Huddersfield have lost all four of their matches under new manager Jan Siewert and remain 14 points adrift of safety.
3. Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 23, 2019
Crystal Palace added a major boost in their task for Premier League safety with an impressive 4-1 victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. It took some good fortune for the Eagles to take the lead as they absorbed plenty of pressure in the first period before Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi opened his account for the club as he deflected James McArthur’s strike past Kasper Schmeichel. Claude Puel’s men replied just past the hour as Jonny Evans speared home an equalizer. That was as good as it got for the hosts as Wilfried Zaha fired in at the back post only a matter of minutes later before Luka Milivojevic extended the lead from the penalty spot. The points were all but wrapped up in the closing stages by Zaha as he robbed Harry Maguire and fired past Schmeichel.
2. Arsenal 2-0 Southampton
Job done, onto the next 👊
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 24, 2019
Arsenal took advantage of Manchester United drawing with Liverpool to climb into fourth place and boost their chances of Champions League qualification. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were enough to give the Gunners back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time in nearly three months. Lacazette put Arsenal in front with a clever finish from close range early on and Arsenal were in control from the moment Mkhitaryan doubled their lead after 17 minutes. After this defeat, the struggling Saints remain in the relegation zone by one point after the first defeat in five matches.
1. Man United 0-0 Liverpool
A hard-fought game ends in a stalemate. #MUNLIV
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 24, 2019
Manchester United held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Sunday leaving the Red Devils 5th on the league log behind Arsenal. A draw can never really be seen as a good result for United but given the circumstances of losing three players to injury in the first half, a draw was a very good result in the end. The visitors will be really disappointed with the outcome given how depleted United were but the draw means that they are still top, even though their lead now is down to one point. For Liverpool, Virgil Van Dijk was back after suspension in midweek, while James Milner started at right back over Trent Alexander-Arnold. In terms of the game itself, it started at a very high tempo with the hosts letting the visitors have all of the possession with the hosts looking to play on the counter-attack.
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