After a weekend of FA Cup action football fans were treated to a full midweek schedule of Barclays Premier League action and there were some truly sensational games and goals. Arsenal still lead the Premier League table, but Leicester and Manchester City are hot on their heels.
Manchester United have often been criticised this season for playing boring, unattractive football in the Premier League. Well nobody could say that Tuesday nights clash with Newcatsle was in any way boring. A six goal thriller at St James’s Park.
Louis Van Gaal’s side got off to the perfect start as they were awarded a penalty inside the first ten minutes, skipper Wayne Rooney stepped up and calmly slotted home to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Just before half-time Van Gaal’s men seemed to be in complete control when youngster Jesse Lingard made it 2-0. After a swift counter-attack Rooney slipped a reverse pass to Lingard and he placed a cool finish into the bottom corner. The hosts hit back in the 42nd minute through Georginio Wijnaldum.
After the break Newcastle really took the game to Manchester United and were awarded a penalty in the 67th minute which Aleksandar Mitrovic duly dispatched. In the 79th minute the ball broke to Rooney on the edge of the box and his unstoppable shot looked to have won it for Van Gaal.
But Paul Dummett’s last gasp equaliser rescued a point. A rather frustrating evening for Manchester United but nobody could complain about the entertainment on offer.
Arsenal retain Premier League lead
Jurgen Klopp’s men looked rejuvenated after being rested for the FA Cup tie and were 1-0 up inside the first 10 minutes. The home side pressed high early and after Emre Can won the ball back on the edge of the box his shot was saved by Petr Cech, but the rebound was put away by Brazilian Roberto Firmino.
Aaron Ramsey soon equalised for the visitors surging into the box and rifling a shot past Simon Mignolet at the near post. But just five minutes later Liverpool were back ahead and it was that man Firmino again. Picking the ball up on the edge of the area and curling a wonderful effort into the top corner. Anfield was rocking now.
Six minutes passed before Olivier Giroud got a flick onto a corner and equalised for Arsenal. Just after the break the French star had his second with a sumptuous turn and finish into the bottom corner. The Reds would find their way back into the game in the 90th minute as Joe Allen volleyed home from a knock down.
16 – Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more 90th minute or later goals than any other fixture in Premier League history. Drama.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2016
A fantastic end to one of the best football matches you will see anywhere this season. Let’s hope Liverpool vs Manchester United produces the same level of excitement when the arch-rivals meet at Anfield on Sunday 17th January.
Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea side were looking for back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season but were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom at Stamford Bridge. James McClean’s late strike denied Hiddink’s men a vital three points.
Tottenham Hotspur lost ground on in the race for the title as Robert Huth’s late header sealed all three points for Leicester City.
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