Saturday, August 20, 2016

It Happened in England: Burnley upset Liverpool

Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City
It was the Sergio Aguero show for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's trips rolled over Stoke City with ease. Aguero scored twice in ten minutes in the first half to cap off a dominant first half for the Citizens. His first came in the 27th minute from the penalty spot. His brace showed up in the 36th by getting a slight touch on a free kick. Stoke would earn a penalty of their own early in the second half. Bojan Krkic buried the opportunity in the 49th minute to get his side within a goal. The comeback would fall short, however. City put it out if reach with a goal from Nolito in the 86th minute l. He scored his second of the afternoon as the final action of the match in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Burnley 2-0 Liverpool
Burnley wasted zero time getting on the board at home against Liverpool. Sam Vokes scored within two minutes to get the match off to a roaring start. Burnley didn't stop there. In the 37th minute, Andre Gray finished a great counter attack by weaving through the last bastions of Liverpool's defense and slotting hone inside the far post. Liverpool had nothing in them for a comeback and they would fall to the relegation favorites.

Swansea City 0-2 Hull City
Hull City are off to a perfect two match stay thanks to a 79th minute goal from Shaun Maloney. He finished off a corner from close range to give the Tigers the lead. Abel Hernandez provided the insurance goal in stoppage time to secure the three points.

Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Needless to say, it was Tottenham putting all the pressure on Palace early in this one. Chances flowed freely in Spurs' attacking end and it was the stout goalkeeping of Wayne Hennessey combined with disciplined defending from his outfield players keeping this match scoreless in the first half. The awful finishing of Tottenham couldn't be ignored. They missed multiple open nets after Palace defensive breakdowns. It wavy until Victor Wanyama's 83rd minute header that Tottenham had their breakthrough. They had their home win, but it really should have been by a larger margin.

Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Liverpool wasn't the only big name club getting upset by a relative minnow. Watford was also talking it to viruses, just in less hasty fashion than Burnley. It took them to the 55th minute to score, but they did thorough Etienne Capoue being left wide open in the corner of the penalty area. Also unlike Burnley, Watford was unable to hold the lead. Michy Batshuayi leveled for Chelsea in the 80th minute. The Blues' winner came from Diego Costa seven minutes later.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Everton
West Brom jumped in front in the ninth minute with a close range header off a corner. Everton would hit back seconds before the halftime whistle. Kevin Mirallas provided the equalizer. They'd get the lead at the hour mark. Gareth Barry finished off a corner with a tap in from right next to the post. From there, they'd hold on for their first win in the Ronald Koeman era.

Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal
This match between disappointing Arsenal and defending champions Leicester started out as predicted. Arsenal bossed possession and Leicester stayed safe with a defense first posture. While Arsenal failed to get more than an easy save from Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester has a reasonable call for a penalty in the 42nd minute. A scramble on a transition attack resulted in Laurent Koscielny tripping Jamie Vardy in the box, but the ref waived away Leicester's protests. Several blocked attempts at an open net followed, but none found the goal.

The second halfs aw Leicester go a little more aggressive, yet still maintain responsibility at the back to the point where Arsenal had no way forward. Even after the big guns of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil had checked into the match, the Gunners saw nothing that looking like a real chance at goal. The smell ona 0-0 draw only sort of faded in the final minutes when a penalty shout from the Foxes could have given them a shot at the lead. Mark Clattenburg, again, allowed play to continue and no such opportunity to arise. As a result, neither side scored and the points were split.

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