Leicester record biggest ever away win in Premier League history, thump Southampton 9-0
Liverpool regained their 6-point lead at the top of the Premier League table as they came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 in an engaging affair at Anfield on Sunday. Harry Kane opened the score for the Spurs within 48 seconds of kick-off and keeper Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a number of impressive saves to give Spurs a 1-0 lead at half-time. Reds skipper Jordan Henderson equalised immediately after the interval in the 51st minute before Mo Salah thumped the winner from the penalty spot in the 75th. Liverpool were made to work for the victory, needing several big chances to score before Henderson eventually slotted his half-volley into the far corner. The hosts despite being a goal down at half-time, had 10 shots on target but Spurs’ Argentine goalkeeper doing duty for the injured Hugo Lloris was exceptional, making as many as 12 splendid saves. Son Heung-min had smacked the Liverpool crossbar twice in the match and Jurgen Klopp’s men were fortunate not to be 0-2 down by interval. Liverpool’s pressure was relentless in the second half and that eventually took its toll when Serge Aurier caught the back of Sadio Mane’s leg and gave away a penalty, which Salah smashed past a stationary Gazzaniga with 15 minutes left. Liverpool with the home win at Anfield are on 28 points while 2nd placed Manchester City have still to go some way with 22 points on board. Pep Guardiola’s Citizens swept aside Aston Villa 3-0 at the Etihad with goals coming from Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan. Tottenham have slipped dramatically to the 11th and are out of the top half for the first time in the current Premier League season.
But the headline grabber of the week was Leicester City’s 0-9 win over Southampton away at St. Mary’s stadium. Leicester City equalled the 24-year-old record for the biggest ever Premier League victory as a 10-man Southampton were taken apart at a rainswept St Mary’s. Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez scored hat-tricks, with the visitors being aided by Ryan Bertrand’s red card for a reckless challenge on Perez early in the 12th minute. Bertrand’s expulsion opened the floodgates for Leicester with folks like Youri Tielemans and James Maddison joining the party with goals in the 17th and 85th – the latter with a superb free-kick that left a hapless custodian Angus Gunn rooted to the spot. The Foxes are now in the 3rd spot with 20 points, same as 4th placed Chelsea but ahead of the Blues courtesy huge goal difference of 10.
Arsenal’s defensive frailties came to the fore when they squandered a 2-goal lead only to be held to a draw by a determined Crystal Palace. In an ill-tempered atmosphere at Emirates Stadium, the Gunners were two up inside the 9th minute of play as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz took advantage of poor defending to hammer in goals. But it was all downhill from there for Arsenal and manager Unai Emery as Palace pulled one back before half-time when Luka Milivojevic scored from the spot following a VAR intervention after referee Martin Atkinson had initially shown Wilfried Zaha a yellow card for diving in a tangle with Calum Chambers. The visitors were level immediately after the break in the 52nd minute when Jordan Ayew headed in James McArthur’s cross at the far post. Arsenal’s frustrations were compounded when another VAR intervention denied the Gunners for what seemed to be their winning goal after Sokratis scored from close-range late into the match. Arsenal are still in the fifth spot but their gap with Chelsea has got widened to 4 points. To top that, serious frailties in their defense will be of great concern to coach Unai Emery going ahead. Crystal Place maintain their position on the 6th and just a point behind Arsenal’s 16 after Sunday’s draw at the Emirates.
Manchester United stormed 7 places up after registering their first away win since February at Carrow Road against relegation candidates Norwich City 1-3. The Red Devils would have beaten Norwich by more if not for two Tim Krul penalty saves. Scott McTominay slammed home the opener seconds after a stunning reaction save from the Canaries keeper to deny Anthony Martial from close range. The video assistant referee (VAR) then controversially awarded United a penalty for a Ben Godfrey foul on Daniel James – with Krul stopping Marcus Rashford’s kick. But Rashford scored with United’s next attack, exploiting the huge gaps in the Norwich defence. The hosts had a couple of chances but United wrapped the game up when Martial clipped the ball over Krul after a good passing move with Rashford for United’s third.
The Wolves are still a far cry from the team that finished in the Top eight in the previous season as they struggled to hold Newcastle to a 1-1 away at St.James Park. The hosts, in fact, seemed to be coasting towards a win on the back of a Jamaal Lascalles goal in the 37th minute but a late equaliser from Jonny saved the Wolves the blushes. Nuno Espirito Santes’s Wolves have moved one place up to the 12th though and share identical points (12) with Tottenham, Burnley and Brighton and just a point ahead of 15th placed Aston Villa.