Premier League: Round 12 overview
The 12th round of the Premier League has brought some exciting fixtures, as Arsenal visited Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City travelled to Crystal Palace, Spurs clashed with The Hammers in a derby and more.
Manchester United 1 – 1 Arsenal
10 years streak without a win at “Old Trafford” will remain as Manchester United tied with Arsenal. The result was more disappointing for Jose Mourinho’s side as the result “felt more like a defeat” for The Red Devils. Manchester United dominated most of the game and the reward came in the second half with a Mata Goal who put one past Petr Cech. But Arsenal struck late. on the 89th minute Marcus Rashford failed to close down Alex Oxlaid Chamberlain’s cross which resulted a Giroud equaliser. The England youngster (Rashford) received a lot of criticism for failing to close down Chamberlain’s effort. Jose Mourinho described it as an “isolated situation” which had little influence on the game as a whole.
Arsen Wenger described the game as quite “scrappy”. Both teams managed to defend well, although United pressed harder and attacked more.
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Manchester City
A hard battle for Manchester City who were playing a tough Palace opposition away. After the international break The Citizens found it tough, as they struggled against a well-organised Palace defence. Despite all the efforts, Palace players were unable to stop Yaya Toure who hasn’t started a game for a while now.Wickham’s equalising goal was not enough to secure a point for Palace, as Toure struck the second time in the 83rd minute.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 2 West Ham United
Spurs faced a tough West Ham Side. The Hammers started well. Antonio scored in the 24th minute. Until the 89th minute West Ham were leading 2-1, but a late Kane brace secured a victory for Spurs. Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his team’s character, and the performance in the second half.
“We played better in the second half, managed to find more space and created more chances” noted Pochettino.
Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Chelsea
Middlesbrough looked well prepared for The Blues this time. They managed to create a strong defence and kept it until the end of the 1st half. Conte’s boys attacked and pressed, but the goal was conceded due to lack of concentration for a split second. Costa looked alive as 4 Middlesbrough defenders stood still when the ball hung in the air after a corner kick. The Blues had more chances in the second half: Pedro hit the woodwork, which looked to be a 100 percent goal. Middlesbrough players could not come up with a goal and the game ended with Chelsea’s 6th victory in a row with 0 goals conceded.
Everton 1 – 1 Swansea City
Watford 2 – 1 Leicester City
Sunderland 3 – 0 Hull City
Stoke City 0 – 1 AFC Bournemouth
Southampton 0 – 0 Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion will host Burnley on Monday at 20:00 (local time)
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