Goals Galore As City Continue To Shine While Pulis Suffers
Six of the ten fixtures in match week twelve of the Premier League featured three or more goals.
The highest-scoring game was at Old Trafford where Manchester United came from behind to beat Newcastle United 4-1. Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling cancelled out Dwight Gayle’s goal in the first half, before the returning Paul Pogba added a third and Romelu Lukaku slammed home the Red Devils’ fourth. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a 14-minute cameo from the substitutes’ bench following seven months out.
Tony Pulis was sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager following their 4-0 defeat at home to Chelsea. The Blues, inspired by an excellent Eden Hazard performance, were three goals ahead at half-time courtesy of goals from Alvaro Morata, Hazard and Marcos Alonso. The Belgian winger then added a fourth in the second half and Pulis was sacked on Monday morning with the Baggies just one place above the relegation zone.
Arsenal produced a shock in the first north London derby of the season, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. The first goal was controversial, Davinson Sanchez appeared to win the ball fairly from Alexis Sanchez but Mike Dean awarded a free-kick, from which Shkodran Mustafi headed in. Sanchez then scored a second for the Gunners just five minutes later.
There was further controversy at Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace and Everton drew 2-2. The Eagles led through James McArthur’s goal inside a minute, before Oumar Niasse went to ground under no contact in the penalty area but Anthony Taylor still pointed to the spot. The Toffees striker has since been given a two-match suspension by the FA for ‘successful deception of the match official’ but Leighton Baines converted the spot-kick. Wilfried Zaha then finished a well worked Palace move before miscommunication between Julian Speroni and Scott Dann allowed Niasse to equalise in first half added-time.
Brighton and Hove Albion felt they were denied a clear penalty in their 2-2 draw against Stoke City. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put Stoke ahead before Pascal Gross leveled things up, but Kurt Zouma headed in just two minutes later. Ryan Shawcross then brought down Glenn Murray in the penalty area but Lee Mason signaled play to continue. Jose Izquierdo eventually forced an equaliser for the hosts who remain ninth.
Meanwhile, AFC Bournemouth stunned Huddersfield Town, beating the Terriers 4-0. Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick for the Cherries, who also had Simon Francis sent off, while Harry Arter scored midway through the second half.
Mohamed Salah climbed to the top of the division’s scoring chart with a brace against Southampton in Liverpool’s 3-0 victory. Both goals came within ten minutes of each other inside the first half, before Philippe Coutinho scored the third midway through the second period.
David Moyes lost his opening game in charge at West Ham United thanks to a 2-0 defeat at Watford. Will Hughes scored his first goal for the Hornets since his summer move from Derby County, before the impressive Richarlison added a second.
Manchester City remain unbeaten and seven points clear at the top thanks to a 2-0 win at Leicester City. An exquisite David Silva pass found Leroy Sane who squared for Gabriel Jesus to score the opening goal. Kevin de Bruyne’s second half stunner, a powerful left-footed drive from 25 yards, clinched yet another three points for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Finally, Swansea City remain in trouble and head coach Paul Clement’s future is in doubt following another defeat, this time away to Burnley. Former Swans midfielder Jack Cork opened the scoring before Ashley Barnes netted a second. Swansea are 19th with just eight points.