Saturday, October 17, 2015

It Happened in England: Chelsea gets back on track, CIty hammers Cherries

Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
There were chances for both sides (mostly Spurs), but Jurgen Klopp's debut at Liverpool ended in a scoreless draw. Danny Ings had Liverpool's best opportunity when he headed the crossbar in the first half. Spurs led the way for much of the rest of the game, but none of their attacks bore any fruit.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Chelsea is looking to erase the first eight matches of their season, and a home tilt agaisnt lowly Aston VIlla is a great way to begin a turn around. Diego Costa got the Blues on the board in the 37th minute. An unfortunate own goal off Cila's Alan Hutton doubled Chelsea's lead in the 54th. That was enough for the home side to get a  much needed win and begin to move away from the bottom of the table.

Manchester City 5-1 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City didn't seem to lose a step in their goal scoring game over the international break. Even without leading man Sergio Aguero, who's five goal day lifted the Citizens past Newcastle two weeks ago, they got early goals. Raheem Sterling scored in the seventh and WIlfried Bony doubled the lead in the 11th. Glenn Murray was able to pull one back for the Cherries in the 22nd, but Bournemouth couldn't get too excited. That small bit of hope wouldn't last long, because Sterling bagged his second of the game in the 29th. The completion of his first half hat trick came three minutes into the first frame's stoppage time. The second half was a lot less hectic. City defended their way through the final 45 minutes and Bony scored a fifth City goal in the 89th minute for the easy three points.

Southampton 2-2 Leicester City
Saints were the better team early on and went in front in the 21st through Jose Fonte. Virgil van Dijk made it a two goal lead in the 37th. The second half saw Leicester with a nice comeback. In the 66th, Jamie Vardy got the Foxes on the board. They kept scratching and clawing through the second half and got their draw when Vardy levelled the score in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

Everton 0-3 Manchester United
Morgan Schneiderlin put the Red Devils in front after 18 minutes with a low shot past Tim Howard. It took all of four more minutes for United to double their lead through Ander Herrara. Things went quiet until just after the hour mark when Wayne Rooney made it 3-0 to certify the Manchester United rout of Everton.

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Sunderland
There were plenty of goals to speak of in England today, but there were few of them in this match. Saido Berahino got the only goal here in the 54th minute to give West Brom the lead and the win over the Black Cats.

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham
Carl Jenkinson scored his second of the year to put the Hammers in front in the 22nd minute, but Palace levelled three minutes later with a goal from Yohan Cabaye. Palace took a hit a minute before haltime when Dwight Gayle was sent off for a second yellow card in 12 minutes. Despite Palace playing a man down, it remained tied until West Ham went off in the final minutes. Manueal Lanzini gave them the lead in the 88th and Dmitri Payet sealed the deal four minutes into stopppage time. 

Watford 0-3 Arsenal
Neither team could find a goal in the first half of play, but it was all Arsenal on the attack. Usually, that means you know a goal is coming for the stronger team, but with Arsenal, however, you never really know. Thankfully for Gunner fans, the visitors owned the second half. Their inconsistent attack started delivering in the 62nd minute. After Mesut Ozil went down in the box, Alexis Sanchez was around to bang the ball in off the post. Olivier Giroud got himself involved after coming on as a substiute. He roofed a shot into the Watford goal in the 68th minute to double the Gunners' lead. Aaron Ramsey continued the onslaught six minutes later with his first of the season. That was plenty for Arsenal, although they certainly looked like they could add a few more. They were still quite happy to hammer the Hornets on the road.

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