🦁 Liverpool ease to Merseyside derby victory; Chelsea and Man City win | OneFootball
🦁 Liverpool ease to Merseyside derby victory; Chelsea and Man City win
We had feast of Premier League football to look forward to on Wednesday night with six games taking place.
Here’s what went down.
Liverpool score four at Goodison to ramp up pressure on Rafa
Scorers: Gray 38′; Henderson 10′, Salah 20′, 65′, Jota 79′.
Liverpool have ramped up the pressure on Everton manager Rafael Benítez after storming to an impressive 4-1 victory in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Jürgen Klopp’s side dominated from the first whistle and the early pressure finally told in the 10th minute when Andy Robertson’s cross picked out Jordan Henderson on the edge of the box who placed the ball into the bottom corner.
Salah doubled the visitor’s advantage on the counter attack, curling the ball home from inside the box after being played in by Henderson.
Everton got back into the game in the 38th minute when Richarlison’s defence-splitting pass played in Demarai Gray who tucked the ball under Alisson to restore some hope to the home support.
But it was Salah who found the net again to restore Liverpool’s two-goal lead, pouncing on a mistake from Seamus Coleman before running through on goal and slipping the ball under Pickford.
Diogo Jota put the game beyond any doubt in the 79th minute, turning Allan inside the box before blasting the ball into the top corner.
Everton have now won just once in their last ten games and have dropped to 14th.
Bernardo beauty as City win on Grealish’s return to Villa
Scorers: Watkins 47′; Dias 27′, Silva 43′.
Manchester City scored two exquisite goals as they held off a stern fightback from Aston Villa to earn a huge three points at Villa Park.
Rúben Dias opened the scoring for City in the 27th minute when he was found by Raheem Sterling’s cut-back before his powerful left-footed drive from the edge of th ebox took a deflection before hitting the back of the net.
Bernardo Silva then gave Pep Guardiola’s side a two-goal cushion when he finished off an electric counter-attack with a sublime left-footed volley.
Villa pulled one back at the start of the second half through Ollie Watkins, who darted away from his marker to stab the ball home from a low corner.
The visitors were tested as the half wore on and even were dealt a hostile reception when Jack Grealish made his return from the bench but held on to make it four consecutive wins.
Supersub Ziyech earns vital win for league leaders
Scorers: Dennis 43′; Mount 29′, Ziyech 73′.
Chelsea overcame a scare at Vicarage Road to keep their place at the top of the Premier League thanks to substitute Hakim Ziyech’s winner.
The game was suspended in the 13th minute with both teams leaving the field after medical emergency in the crowd, but play restarted around 30 minutes later after the fan was stabilised and taken to hospital following a cardiac arrest.
Thomas Tuchel’s side nearly went 1-0 up as soon as the game restarted when Mason Mount then hit the post after being set up by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Mount made no mistake moments later, firing Chelsea ahead after being slipped in by Kai Havertz.
The Hornets dragged themselves level just before the break when Emmanuel Dennis’ shot found the bottom corner via a deflection after some good work from Moussa Sissoko.
However, Ziyech came off the bench to provide the game’s vital moment, turning home Mount’s pin-point cut-back from close range to ensure the visitors got back to winning ways.
Resilient Foxes battle for draw
Scorers: Bednarek 3′, Adams 34′; Evans 23′, Maddison 49′.
Leicester came from behind twice to salvage a point in an enjoyable game at St.Mary’s.
Jan Bednarek’s goal gave Southampton an early lead when he reacted quickest to the rebound from Mohammed Salisu’s shot to poke the ball over the line.
It was a good night to be a centre-back as Jonny Evans pulled the Foxes level when he smashed home after Wilfried Ndidi’s shot had been saved, but they weren’t level for long as Che Adams restored the Saints’ advantage with a diving header from Nathan Redmond’s cross.
The Foxed equalised four minutes into the second half when Harvey Barnes found James Maddison in the area before he jinxed past his marker before firing in at the near post.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have missed out on the chance to break into the top six but do move up to eighth while the Saints are in 16th.
Late Maupay stunner saves Brighton
Scorers: Souček 5′; Maupay 88′.
Neal Maupay scored a dramatic late equaliser to earn an impressive point for Brighton away at West Ham.
Tomáš Souček nodded the Hammers ahead in the fifth minute, getting on to Pablo Fornals’ corner at the near post to flick the ball past Robert Sánchez for his second goal of the season.
Fornals then came close to doubling their advantage when his volley from 14 yards out crashed off the crossbar before the Brighton defence cleared the ball.
It looked as if David Moyes’ side were going to get back to winning ways after two games without a win before Maupay stepped in by producing an excellent overhead from Tariq Lamptey’s cross to pull the Seagulls level.
West Ham remain in fourth but only a point ahead of Arsenal while Graham Potter’s side move up to seventh.
Burnley hold out for vital point
Wolves missed the chance to apply some pressure on the top four when they were held to frustrating goalless draw at home to Burnley.
Adama Traore had the best chance of the game midway through the first half, racing through on goal from a swift break before seeing his shot crash against the underside of the bar.
The Clarets remain in the bottom three, four points from safety while Bruno Lage’s side stay in sixth on 21 points.