The 24th match-week of English Premier League 2018-19 came to a conclusion on Wednesday and brought with it some breathtaking action, last-gasp goals and the usual dose of thrills and spills.
Liverpool and Manchester United failed to continue their winning run with draws, while Manchester City and Chelsea suffered shocking defeats. Here are the results from the week gone by, and some of the key talking points.
Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff City
Arsenal booked their top-four Premier League aspirations with a 2-1 win against Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal went ahead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 66th-minute spot kick after Bruno Ecuele Manga clumsily brought down Sead Kolasinac. Alexandre Lacazette doubled Arsenal’s lead with a fine low strike into the bottom corner, although substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing pulled one back for Cardiff in added time when he curled a shot past Bernd Leno.
Fulham 4-2 Brighton
Fulham showcased a sensational comeback at Craven Cottage, clawing their way back from 2-0 down at half-time to win 4-2. The Cottagers looked down and out at half-time as two goals from striker Glenn Murray gave Brighton a commanding lead. However, Fulham produced a stunning second-half display and scored four goals in 32 minutes to win a pulsating match. Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic struck either side of Calum Chamber’s 47th-minute volley, while forward Luciano Vietto rounded off the remarkable victory with his first goal for the club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 West Ham United
Raul Jimenez scored both his seventh and eighth Premier League goals of the season to seal a comfortable victory for Wolves over West Ham United on a cold Molineux evening. A match dominated by Wolves chances, the home side had to wait until Romain Saiss’ 66th-minute header to take the lead, but that only opened the floodgates as Jimenez netted twice in six minutes to send Nuno Espirito Santo’s side up to seventh in the table.
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Everton
— Everton (@Everton) January 29, 2019
Richarlison’s early strike was enough to earn a narrow 1-0 victory for 10-man Everton at bottom club Huddersfield and relieve some the pressure on Marco Silva. The Brazilian striker netted in the third minute and although Everton substitute Lucas Digne was sent off midway through the second half, new Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert’s first game in charge ended in another damaging defeat.
Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester City
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 29, 2019
Manchester City’s chances of retaining the Premier League title were hit after surrendering an early lead to lose 2-1 at relegation-threatened Newcastle on Tuesday. Matt Ritchie’s 80th-minute penalty completed a remarkable turnaround by Newcastle, which fell behind to a goal from Sergio Aguero inside 24 seconds. It was the quickest goal scored in the league this season. Salomon Rondon canceled out Aguero’s goal with a 66th-minute equalizer.
Manchester United 2-2 Burnley
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 29, 2019
Burnley ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning start at Manchester United as a late comeback from the Red Devils earned a 2-2 draw. After the first half of few chances, Burnley took the lead after 51 minutes when Ashley Barnes fired in from Jack Cork’s pass. Chris Wood doubled their advantage when he headed in Ashley Westwood’s 81st-minute cross. But Paul Pogba pulled a goal back for Man Utd with an 87th-minute penalty, after a foul on Jesse Lingard. In stoppage time, Victor Lindelof equalized with his first goal for the club after Alexis Sanchez’s effort had been saved. Man Utd are sixth with 45 points, while Burnley move up to 15th on 23 points.
Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Southampton and Crystal Palace were left hovering above the Premier League’s relegation zone after they fought out a 1-1 draw in a drab encounter on Wednesday. The result left both sides on 23 points from 24 matches, level with Burnley and four ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff City. The lively Zaha fired the visitors ahead with a stinging low shot from inside the penalty area in the 41st minute, beating Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy at the near post after good work by Andros Townsend. Ward-Prowse equalized out of the blue in the 77th with a superb first-time finish from 10 metres after Matt Targett squared the ball back to the midfielder from the right flank.
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 30, 2019
Chelsea was shoved out of the top four in the Premier League as two goals and an assist by Joshua King helped Bournemouth to a thumping victory over the Champions League hopefuls. King scored either side of a composed David Brooks finish before Charlie Daniels added a fourth as the Cherries condemned the visitors to a second consecutive league defeat. A second consecutive league win for Bournemouth moved them up to 10th in the table, while Chelsea drop to fifth by virtue of scoring fewer goals than Arsenal.
Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City
Liverpool missed out on the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League following their 1-1 draw with Leicester City. The Reds took the lead after three minutes through a composed finish by Sadio Mane – his tenth league goal of the season. But Liverpool failed to build on their fine start and Harry Maguire deservedly equalized in front of The Kop at the end of the first half after the hosts failed to deal with a free-kick carelessly conceded by left-back Andrew Robertson.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Watford
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 30, 2019
Fernando Llorente scored the 87th-minute winner as Tottenham came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday and move just two points off second place in the table. Tottenham looked set for a frustrating evening at Wembley when Craig Cathcart headed home a corner in the 38th but Son Heung-min marked his return from the Asian Cup with an equalizer in the 80th. Llorente then made up for a glaring miss earlier in the game by heading home a cross to secure a second straight late comeback win for Spurs, who netted in injury time to earn a 2-1 win at Fulham in their previous league match.