Premier League Re-Cap : City fire five past Cardiff
As Spurs get their season back on track
This week brought us an action-packed set of 3 pm kickoffs which saw 18 goals scored across six games.
City handed out the biggest pummeling of the weekend when they visited the Cardiff City Stadium. Fresh from penning a new deal with the club Sergio Aguero opened the floodgates in the 32nd minute when Bernardo Silva squared the ball to the Argentine who rifled it into the bottom right corner.
Three minutes later it was Bernardo Silva on the scoresheet when his flick-on from Leroy Sanes cross finds the far top corner of the net. City managed a third just before halftime when Raheem Sterling laid the ball off for İlkay Gündoğan who struck the ball beautifully into the top right-hand corner of the Cardiff City net.
Cardiff managed to hold out till the 67th minute before they conceded their fourth of the game when Mahrez got his first for Man City from a squared pass from İlkay Gündoğan. Mahrez got his second in the 89th minute when he cut onto his left foot and curled a shot low into the bottom left.
Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southhampton on Saturday moved them to the top of the league after Chelsea failed to get a point against Westham on Sunday.
The three goals came in the first half. The first came in the 10th minute when Wesley Hoedt put the ball into his own net from a deflected Xherdan Shaqiri cross.
Salah missed an opportunity to get Liverpool’s second after a quick one-two with Firmino but was successfully put off by Southampton’s Cedric. Fortunately, Matip looped a header into the top left corner of the Southhampton net moments later from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.
Salah had another opportunity to bag himself a goal in the 42nd minute when Firmino played an inch-perfect lobbed through ball into the path of Salah but the Egyptians flick went just wide of the right-hand post.
Salah would eventually get his goal in the 3rd-minute of 1st half stoppage time when Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick hit the crossbar and bounced on the line for Salah to tap in.
Elsewhere Ashley Barnes bagged two goals as Burnley got their first win of the season in a convincing 4-0 win over Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
Matěj Vydra opened the scoring after the Bournemouth defenders blocked Westwood’s two previous efforts. Aaron Lennon got Burnley’s second five minutes from halftime when he slid in at the back post to convert Jóhann Guðmundsson’s cross.
Barnes got his brace inside of the last 10 minutes when he converted from inside the six-yard box after the ball came back off the post from Guðmundsson’s volley. His second came when Bournemouth was got out by Burnley’s counter-attack. Lennon cut the ball back to Barnes on the edge of the box who placed it low into the bottom left corner of the net.
After two defeats on the bounce, Leicester came from behind to beat Huddersfield 3-1. Huddersfield took the lead early on when Zanka scored in the 5th minute when Mathias Jørgensen converted from the edge of the six-yard box after Laurent Depoitre flicked on a Huddersfield throw in.
Iheanacho brought Leicester level in the 19th minute when Leicester broke away on the counter from a Bournemouth counter. The strikers pace being too much for the Bournemouth defense to deal with.
It was one way traffic from this point onwards and in the 66th minute James Maddison bagged Leicesters second with a right-footed free-kick into the top left corner before Jamie Vardy got a third for the Foxes in the 75th minute when Iheanacho played a nice through ball that left Vardy clean through on goal but with still a bit left to do. As Jonas Lössl rushed out of his goal to try to close down the angle Vardy produced a delightful chip to lift the ball over and into the net to ensure all three points went to Leicester.
Elsewhere Fulham drew with Watford in the early kickoff while in the 3 pm kickoffs Tottenham beat Brighton 2-1 to earn themselves 3 points after a disappointing defeat away to Inter during the week. Manchester United drew 1-1 with Wolves at home and Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0 to go top of the league while Crystal Palace and Newcastle played out a scoreless draw.
On Sunday both Chelsea and West Ham failed to score in their game and saw Chelsea fall to 3rd in the table.
At the Emirates, Arsenal gained another three points after beating Everton 2-0 both of the goals came in the second half. Alexandre Lacazette scored first in the 56th minute before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got another 3 minutes later.