Round 22 of English Premier League 2018-19 brought some breathtaking action, eye-catching goals and the usual dose of thrills and spills.
This week saw Manchester United outwit Harry Kane’s Tottenham, while Arsenal fell to West Ham United. The Blues registered a narrow win at home and League leaders Liverpool returned to their winning ways. Here are the results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.
Burnley 2-1 Fulham
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 12, 2019
Burnley profited from two own goals in quick succession to seal an essential 2-1 victory over fellow Premier League strugglers, Fulham at Turf Moor on Saturday. Andre Schurrle’s sensational volley stunned the home crowd inside two minutes but the game was turned on its head midway through the first half. Jeff Hendrick was involved in both goals, seeing his blasted effort deflect in off Joe Bryan and three minutes later it was his chipped cross which Denis Odoi nodded beyond Sergio Rico.
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Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
Watford came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace, with substitute Tom Cleverley scoring a sublime winner. Craig Cathcart’s own goal after 38 minutes had Palace on course for victory, but the Watford defender scored at the right end 23 minutes from time. And Cleverley, yet to start in the league this season as he returns from injury, netted his first goal since October 2017 with a superb volley to give his side, who only managed two shots on target, an impressive victory.
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 12, 2019
Bottom club Huddersfield Town ended their eight-match losing streak in the Premier League with a goalless draw at fellow strugglers Cardiff City on Saturday but were left fuming over a decision by referee Lee Mason as he pointed to the spot after Florent Hadergjonaj went down under challenge from Joe Bennett, but changed his mind after consulting his assistant. Cardiff, in 17th place, did not manage a shot on target and Huddersfield will feel they should have picked up a rare win in South Wales.
Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United
Back to winning ways! 🙌
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 12, 2019
Willian scored an emphatic winner for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as they edged out plucky Newcastle 2-1 on Saturday evening. Pedro had put the hosts ahead early in the game with a clever finish but the Magpies went in level at the interval after a towering header from Ciaran Clark. Fourth-placed Chelsea have won five of their last seven league matches and sit six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.
West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
WHAT a result!
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 12, 2019
Declan Rice’s terrific first West Ham goal proved enough to give the Hammers a first league win over Arsenal since 2015, at the London Stadium. The 19-year-old struck early in the second half, tied up by former Arsenal man Samir Nasri, as Unai Emery’s side put in a flat away performance. The defeat means Arsenal could end the weekend six points outside the top four.
Brighton 0-1 Liverpool
GET IN! 🔴🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 12, 2019
Liverpool bounced back from defeat to Manchester City as Mohamed Salah sunk Brighton to open up a seven-point lead at the top. Salah won and converted a decisive 50th-minute penalty as Liverpool returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion. It’s the Reds first win of 2019 to put their New Year stumble to bed as Klopp also protected his impressive record of never having lost back-to-back league games in charge of Liverpool.
Leicester City 1-2 Southampton
Ten-man Southampton climbed out of the relegation zone as they dug in to stifle Leicester at the King Power Stadium. The Saints were good value for their 2-0 lead at half-time, with James Ward-Prowse converting an 11th-minute penalty before Shane Long’s first goal of the season doubled the visitors’ lead. The loss is the third in four matches at home for Leicester and puts the pressure back on boss Claude Puel amid renewed speculation over his future.
Everton 2-0 Bournemouth
Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton a 2-0 win over Bournemouth to move them into the top half of the Premier League table. Zouma scored his first Everton goal as the Toffees beat a Bournemouth side that had impressed for large parts of the game Goodison Park but couldn’t find that cutting edge up front. The hosts then wrapped up the three points when substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted Lookman’s low cross in added time.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 13, 2019