After a mixed weekend for the top-flight sides in the Emirates FA Cup, sides returned to domestic matters with midweek action in the Premier League.
Liverpool battle back against leaders Chelsea and take a point after Costa’s late penalty miss
Some Premier League upsets but the big game saw the points shared 1-1 between Liverpool and Chelsea.
With the visitors seemingly on course for the title, all the neutrals had wanted the Anfield side to turn over their opponents like they did at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. But a draw was a fair result.
For all Liverpool’s pressure in the first half they had just a Georginio Winjaldum shot, comfortably beaten away by Thibaut Courtois, to show for it. The Chelsea defence was just so solid.
And, as so often happens, a dubious free kick is awarded against the Reds and before the defence has got organised David Luiz has stepped up and whacked it past Simon Mignolet.
Same old pattern of Liverpool pressure and Chelsea defiance in the second period until a cunning Jordan Henderson looping pass is nodded back into the middle via a deflection and Winjaldum heads in.
Game on. The Anfield crowd are going mad and the noise goes up a decibel or three as Mignolet saves brilliantly from a Diego Costa penalty.
Pedro could have won it. Firmino could have won it. But nobody won it.
Watford take all three points at the Emirates as Arsenal falter
Disaster for Arsenal beaten 1-2 by Watford at the Emirates. The usual story … pouring with rain, mid-winter and the Gunners’ pretty boys didn’t fancy it.
Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul grabbed the opener with a deflected hit and then Troy Deeney tapped in after Etienne Capoue had his shot saved by Petr Cech. Alex Iwobi pulled one back but it was not to be.
Tottenham unable to break stubborn Sunderland resistance
Tottenham had to settle for a point at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland fought for their lives.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated possession against the Black Cats, but a much improved defensive performance by the home side thwarted the Londoners. So Chelsea march on.
A really good side, players who complement each other, a tight system, mercurial vision and goalscorers.
Hard to see how they can be stopped.
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