English Premier League 2017/18: Round Up – Round 16
- Total no.of goals scored Round 16 = 27
Hammers stunned Chelsea
West Ham United 1 (Marko Arnautovic 6′) – Chelsea 0
Hosts West Ham United stunned the defending champions Chelsea with an early goal that was scored by Marko Arnautovic.
Arnautovic put the hosts 1-0 ahead in just 6 minutes. After playing a one-two with Manuel Lanzini, Arnautovic successfully netted with a low curling shot.
Chelsea had several great chances to equalize the scoreline, but they were hardly on target.
Burnley beat 10-man Watford
Burnley 1 (Scott Arfield 45′) – Watford 0
Hosts Burnley beat the 10-man Watford by a 1-0 margin.
Watford went down to 10-man on 39 minutes after Marvin Zeegelaar received a direct red card due to his reckless tackle on Steven Defour (Burnley).
Burnley used that advantage with a goal just before the half-time. Scott Arfield (45’) scored the only goal of the match after Johann Gudmundsson provided a ball for him.
In the second half, Burnley was able to cross the goal-line twice, but both were ruled out due to offside decisions.
Benteke missed sealing a home victory from the injury time penalty
Crystal Palace 2 (Luka Milivojevic 41′ PEN; Scott Dann 44′) – AFC Bournemouth 2 (Jermain Defoe 10′ & 45’+3′)
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke missed sealing a home victory from the injury-time penalty opportunity. As a result, they had to happy with one point against AFC Bournemouth.
Jermain Defoe put Bournemouth 1-0 ahead in just 10 minutes from Andrew Surman’s cross.
On 40 minutes, the hosts earned a penalty after Wilfried Zaha was fouled by the opposing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic inside the penalty box. Luka Milivojevic converted that penalty into the goal with a powerful strike.
Just 3 minutes later, Scott Dann produced the 2-1 lead for the hosts after his close-range finish from Yohan Cabaye’s cross.
In the 3 minutes of the first-half injury time, Defoe scored the equaliser goal for the visitors with a brilliant strike that travelled over the opposing goalkeeper’s head into the net.
In the injury time of the second half, Crystal Palace won another penalty after Zaha was fouled by the opposing defender Charlie Daniels. Benteke took that penalty but failed to score as his shot was blocked by Begovic.
Mounie’s first-half brace helped Huddersfield to beat Brighton
Huddersfield Town 2 (Steve Mounie 12′ & 43′) – Brighton & Hove Albion 0
In the encounter between two newly promoted clubs, hosts Huddersfield Town beat Brighton & Hove Albion by a 2-0 margin. Huddersfield’s new signing Steve Mounie scored both goals in the first half of the game.
Mounie scored the first goal on 12 minutes after Christopher Schindler provided a headed pass for him from the following corner.
On 43 minutes, Mounie scored his second goal with a header. Since then, the hosts hardly let their control in the remaining game.
Bony’s late strike secured Swansea’s three points
Swansea City 1 (Wilfred Bony 81’) – West Bromwich Albion 0
Swansea City clinched a narrow home victory after they beat West Bromwich Albion by 1-0.
Wilfred Bony scored the solitary goal on 81 minutes with a powerful strike which was responded after a corner.
Spurs thrashed Stoke
Tottenham Hotspur 5 (Ryan Shawcross 21′ OG; Son Heung-Min 53′; Harry Kane 54′ & 65′; Christian Eriksen 74′) – Stoke City 1 (Ryan Shawcross 80′)
Hosts Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Stoke City by the 5-1 margin.
Tottenham got the 1-0 lead on 21 minutes with an own goal. Son Heung-Min’s cross took a deflection before that hit on Ryan Shawcross and entered into the goal.
Dominant hosts added more goals in the second half. In the 8 minutes of the second half, Son made the scoreline 2-0 from Dele Ali’s through delivery.
In the very next minute, Harry Kane’s header stretched the lead to 3-0 from Ben Davies’ cross.
Harry Kane struck for the second time on 65 minutes as the hosts went 4-0 ahead on the scoreline.
Christian Eriksen produced the 5-0 lead for the hosts from a counter attack.
10 minutes before the 90-minute mark, Ryan Shawcross scored the only consolation goal for the visitors through a header from the following corner.
Perez’s late own goal brought three points for Leicester City
Newcastle United 2 (Joselu 4′; Dwight Gayle 73′) – Leicester City 3 (Riyad Mahrez 20′; Demarai Gray 60′; Ayoze Perez 86′ OG)
Ayoze Perez’s late own goal brought three points to Leicester City as they beat the hosts Newcastle United by the 2-3 margin.
Joselu produced an early lead for the hosts. In just 4 minutes, Joselu opened the scoreline from Dwight Gayle’s back pass.
On 20 minutes, Riyad Mahrez levelled the scoreline with a brilliant long shot from 25-yard distance.
On an hour mark, Demarai Gray produced the 1-2 lead for Leicester.
On 73 minutes, Gayle equalised the scoreline after his shot took a big deflection.
On 86 minutes, Perez scored the own goal that led the visitors to the victory. With a clearance intention, Perez snatched Shinji Okazaki’s finish, but his touch entered to the goal.
Giroud’s late strike rescued Arsenal
Southampton 1 (Charlie Austin 3′) – Arsenal 1 (Olivier Giroud 88′)
Olivier Giroud’s late strike rescued Arsenal from the defeat as they secured a 1-1 draw against the hosts Southampton.
In just 3 minutes, Charlie Austin put the hosts 1-0 ahead after Dusan Tadic assisted with an excellent pass.
After a long wait, Arsenal finally levelled the scoreline on 88 minutes. Alexis Sanchez’s cross found Giroud whose header found the net at the end. The scoreline remained level until the end of the game.
Rooney’s penalty secured a draw for Everton
Liverpool 1 (Mohamed Salah 42′) – Everton 1 (Wayne Rooney 77′ PEN)
Despite playing dominant football, a penalty snatched three points from Liverpool.
After many attempts, Mohamed Salah finally broke the deadlock for the hosts Liverpool on 42 minutes with a brilliant solo effort. After beating two opposing defenders, Salah hit on the top of the left corner with a superb finish.
On 76 minutes, Liverpool conceded a penalty after Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) committed a foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) inside the penalty box. Wayne Rooney made no mistake to score from that penalty as the scoreline remained 1-1 till the end.
Despite having many chances, lack of on targets snatched three points from Liverpool.
Manchester City ended Manchester United’s home winning streak
Manchester United 1 (Marcus Rashford 45’+2′) – Manchester City 2 (David Silva 43′; Nicolas Otamendi 54′)
Manchester United was handed first home defeat in this season after their local rival Manchester City beat them by 1-2. In their previous seven home games in this season, United had won all those games and conceded only one goal.
On 43 minutes, David Silva produced the 0-1 lead for Manchester City from the following corner.
In the injury time of the first-half, Marcus Rashford took advantage of the visiting defenders’ mistakes and equalised the scoreline for the hosts.
In the 9 minutes of the second half, City regained their lead after Nicolas Otamendi successfully netted. Romelu Lukaku’s clearance against the following set-piece hit the back of Chris Smalling and reached the unmarked Otamendi who made no mistake to score from the very close range.
Manchester United tried hard to make a comeback but failed at the end.
- Points Table at the end of round 16
|13||Brighton & Hove Albion||16||4||5||7||−7||17|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||16||2||7||7||−10||13|
|18||West Ham United||16||3||4||9||−18||13|
(Note: GD = goals differences)
- Key Round 16 Stats
Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion – It was Huddersfield Town’s first ever Premier League home victory more than one goal margin.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City – Ryan Shawcross became the first Stoke City player to score for both sides in a Premier League match.
Southampton vs Arsenal – Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud became the joint most goal scorer as a substitute player for a single Premier League team. With the goal of this match, Giroud levelled the record of former Manchester United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who had scored 17 goals as a substitute player.
Manchester United vs Manchester City – i) It was Manchester City’s 14 consecutive victory in this Premier League season which is the most no.of consecutive victory for a team in a single English top-flight season.
ii) It was also the joint most no.of consecutive victory for a team in the English top-flight history. Arsenal had also 14-game winning streak in Premier League from February to August 2002.
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