There were plenty of drama and excitement as the 2016/2017 Premier League entered it matchweek 22 on Saturday across seven centres.
Swansea City were the visitors to Anfield in the early kickoff and was able to run away with a 3-2 win over the Reds. A Fernando Llorente brace coupled with a swift counter attacking goal by Gylfi Sidgursson ensured that the brace from Roberto Firmino was just a consolation. The win for Swansea means they are out of the relegation zone for the first time since September and will hope further positive results will ensure their safety in the league.
The 15:00GMT kickoff saw five interesting games with a total of 13 goals scored across the centres.
AFC Bournemouth welcomed Watford to the Vitality Stadium but the two sides shared the spoils as the game finished 2-2. A Kasabele goal from Brittos goal put the Hornets in front only for Andy King to level the scores at 1-1. Troy Deeney put the Hornets back ahead but Benik Afobe had different ideas as he levelled the scores to ensure the Cherries pick a point.
Stoke City resurgences was evident as they drew 1-1 with Manchester United who were unbeaten in 16 games across all competitions. A Juan Mata own goal put the Potters ahead and on course to end the Red devils unbeaten run only for captain Wayne Rooney to level the scores with a thumping freekick to beat Stoke City’s goalkeeper, Grant to set a milestone in his United career as he becomes the highest scoring player for Manchester United with 250 goals.
Crystal Palace despite new manager are yet to win and also fall to a late defeat as a Seamus Coleman’s 82nd minute goal ensured Everton won 1-0 at the Selhurst Park. The loss to Palace sends them to the relegation zone with Everton moving to 7th on the league log for their two successive wins.
WestBromich Albion welcomed David Moyes Sunderland to the Hawthorns and won 2-0 thanks to goals from former Manchester United player, Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt. The loss leaves Sunderland bottom of the league table with 15 points after 22 games and have a tall mountain to climb if they are to survive relegation this season.
WestHam United excellent performance at the Riverside ensured they beat Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough by 3-1. A brace from Andy Carroll was enough for the East Londoners who secured the services of Jose Fonte from Southampton to win their third game in their last four PL games.
The late kickoff saw the match of the weekend as Manchester City hosted Tottenham Hotspurs at the Etihad. Both managers knowing the results earlier of their competitors, they were eager to get the maximum points to ensure they do not fall far behind the league leaders. The game came into life as Leroy Sane capitalised on a long ball from Aleksandar Kolarov to beat on-rushing Hugo Lloris and slot the ball into an empty net to give the Citizens the lead. City doubled their advantage five minutes later after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could only spill Raheem Sterling’s cross onto the path of Kevin de Bruyne to slot home.
In-form Dele Alli pulled one back for Spurs, his fifth PL goal of the month before a late goal from the Korean, Hyeung Min-Son brought the game to 2-2. Both sides went in for the search of the match winning goal but despite new sensation, Gabriel Jesus coming on for Manchester City, the game ended 2-2. The draw puts Spurs on second with 46 poins, six behind league leaders, Chelsea and City further away on 5th with 43 points.
The full Saturday PL scores are:
Liverpool 2-3 Swansea City
AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Watford
Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton
Middlesbrough 1-3 WestHam United
WestBromich Albion 2-0 Sunderland
Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspurs