Game Week 22 in the Premier League saw Chelsea strengthen their position at the top of the table with the return of Diego Costa, while Wayne Rooney finally broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goals record at Stoke City.
Tottenham Hotspur fightback from two down to rescue a point at Manchester City
Two such different approaches to football, but yet you can’t escape plain old mistakes. Of all people, given how brilliant he has been since coming into English football, Spurs Hugo Lloris was at fault.
France international Lloris headed an attempted clearance on the edge of the penalty box straight at Leroy Sane, who controversially bundled in with the help of an arm, then dropped Raheem Sterling’s cross at Kevin De Bruyne’s feet.
Spurs responded through Dele Alli’s header before Son equalised to the fury of City’s under-fire manager Pep Guardiola.
Referee Andre Marriner ignored Kyle Walker’s sly push on Sterling as the attacker raced into the area with just the goalkeeper to beat – perhaps conscious of his reputation as a diver he for once stayed on his feet but off balance Lloris saved his flick – and almost immediately it went back up the other end where Son swept a low finish past City keeper Claudio Bravo.
Liverpool lose at Anfield as Swansea take all three points
Disaster for Liverpool – the old issue of beating the best and losing to the worst coming back to haunt them.
Swansea somehow managed to turn them over at Anfield. Schoolboy defending by the Reds. Gylfi Sigurdsson clinched it to give Paul Clement his first win as Swans boss.
Roberto Firmino had struck twice to draw the scousers level after Fernando Llorente’s two goals in four minutes after the break. Jurgen Klopp was rightly going mental on the sidelines.
Chelsea have been wooing Llorente – Swansea desperately need to keep him.
Rooney breaks Manchester United record to rescue a point at Stoke
Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with a stoppage-time free-kick that rescued a point at Stoke.
Substitute Rooney curled in from the left-hand corner of the penalty box for his 250th United goal, one more than Sir Bobby Charlton. Juan Mata had previously poked Erik Pieters’ cross into his own net.
Yes, Rooney has scored plenty of goals for United and England, but Sir Bobby was a World Cup winner, easily a level above the Liverpudlian who has never really done it for his country when it counts the most.
OK, it is hard to compare a centre-forward and a midfielder, but for me Sir Bobby was by far the better footballer.
Late Sanchez penalty gets Arsenal all three points against spirited Burnley
Arsenal beat Burnley but only just as both sides converted penalties in injury time.
The ten man Gunners had seen the volatile Granit Xhaka dealt a red card in the 65th minute, soon after Shkodran Mustafi had put the home side into the lead.
It took three minutes over the allotted 90 for Burnley’s Andre Gray to equalise while Alexis Sanchez struck from the spot five minutes after that.
Arsene Wenger saw Arsenal snatch victory sat in the stands after being sent there for over-exuberant protests.
Diego Costa returns with a goal as Chelsea beat Hull to stay top of the Premier League
They now lie second behind Chelsea. Meanwhile, it was a routine day at the office for the league leaders, beating Hull 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa scored on his return to the team after the bust-up which saw him absent the previous week. A Gary Cahill header made the points secure.
Chelsea are now eight ahead of Arsenal, 14 in front of sixth place Manchester United, and in pole position to claim the title, leaving the rest of the Big Six scrapping for the three other Champions League places.
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