Saturday, November 28, 2015

It Happened in England: Vardy sets a record, insane ending at Bournemouth

Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
Manchester City was on a mission to get back on top of the Premier League and, with a little help from their cross town rivals, did just that. A quick goal from Kevin de Bruyne in the ninth minute got it started. Fabian Delph doubled the lead in the 20th. Shane Long pulled Southampton within a goal four minutes after the start of the second half, but Aleksander Kolarov buried City's third to secure the three points.

Bournemouth 3-3 Everton
This one was wild before the dying minutes, but those were what made this one memorable. Thanks to Ramiro Funes Mori in the 25th and Romelu lukaku in the 36th Everton enjoyed a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead for much of the second half. Bournemouth got back into it with Adam Smith's 80th minute goal and they leveled in the 87th with a goal from Junior Stanislas. Stoppage time came, and almost went, before Ross Barkley put Everton back in front, seemingly for good. the Cherries had other plans, however. Before the final whistle could sound, Stanislas buried his second of the match to earn Bournemouth an improbable share of the points.

Aston Villa 2-3 Watford
Aston Villa has a long, long way to go before they can escape the relegation discussion, and a loss to newly promoted Watford hardly helps. Odion ighalo got Watford on the board in the 17th minute to set the tone. Micah Richards leveled before halftime for the Villains, but it was all for naught. An own goal off Alan Hutton and an insurance goal from Troy Deeney put it away in the second half. Jordan Ayew got Villa within a goal in the penultimate minute, but it was far from enough to rescue a result. Villa remains in the basement with only five points, Watford sits with midtable respectability in 11th.

Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle
Papiss Demba Cisse scored for Newcastle in the tenth minute, but it was only false hope for the visitors. Palace dominated for the duration of the match behind braces from James McArthur and Yannick Bolasie. The duo first struck in the 14th and 17th minutes. Wilfried Zaha got the third in the 41st. Bolasie got his second in the 47th and McArthur's came three minutes into second half stoppage time. Palace now finds themselves in sixth, two points back of Tottenham for a Europa League place.

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City
Two late goals from the home team brightened up a dull affair. Patrick van Aanholt got Sunderland on the board in the 82nd minute and Duncan Watmore secured the points two minutes later. Those two goals kept Sunderland above the drop zone, for now, while Stoke is in boring 12th place.

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United
Jamie Vardy secured some Premier League history. His 24th minute goal marked his 11th straight match with a goal, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches. Next up for the sudden superstar will be the England top flight record of 12, held by Jimmy Dunne from way back in 1931-32. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored for United in first half stoppage time to make sure Vardy;s history maker would only earn the Foxes a draw. They are level on points with Manchester City for first place, but are behind on goal difference. Manchester United sit in third, a point back of City and Leicester.

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