Four goals also for Aston Villa at Southampton. Leeds in free fall: also defeated in Leicester
After the midweek matches of the FA Cup, the English are back on the pitch for the 28th round of the Premier League. While there is growing anticipation for the Manchester derby – scheduled for Sunday at 5.30 pm – fourteen teams met on Saturday afternoon. In the 1.30pm match, Leicester snatched 3 points from Leeds thanks to Barnes’ goal (1-0). No draw between the matches of 16, which ended with the successes of Chelsea (0-4 against Burnley, with goals from James, Pulisic and a brace from Havertz), Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brentford and Crystal Palace.
To open the dances of the 28th are Vardy and his companions, who pass against a Leeds unable to turn even after the farewell of Bielsa. No goals in the first 45 minutes, despite the shots on goal by James (Leeds), Barnes (Leicester), Harrison and Firpo (Leeds). Upon returning to the field, in the first quarter of an hour, the guests have the ball in their hands, repeatedly entering the opponent’s penalty area without being able to find the goal. At 58 ‘Rodrigo close to the lead with a header from a corner kick, a few minutes later Raphinha wasted a double chance, kicking first on Schmeichel and then just over the crossbar. In the most complicated moment of the match, Leicester managed to break the deadlock, thanks to the coldness of Barnes who, having reached the edge of the area in the 67th minute, exchanged with Iheanacho and kicked the corner to the left of the goalkeeper. In the final minutes, Leeds tried unsuccessfully to regain the game, thus collecting the fifth consecutive defeat in the league. The points in the standings are still 23, just two more than Burnley, eighteenth but with one more race to play.
Almost three months have passed since Newcastle’s last league defeat, which thanks to a 2-1 win over Brighton won their seventh consecutive useful result. The hosts need only two goals in the first quarter of an hour to get 3 precious points, the result of Ryan Fraser’s plays at the start of the match. The Scotsman bypasses the opposing goalkeeper with a lob in the 12th minute, masterfully concluding his excellent counterattack, and two minutes later he serves Schar – with a cross from a free-kick from the right – the ball 2-0. Header of the number 5 and double for Newcastle. The goal by Dunk (Brighton) in the 55th minute is of little use, the Seagulls collect so the third defeat in the last four outings of the Premier League.
After the draw against United and Conte’s victory against Tottenham, Burnley also tried the coup against the European champions, but resisted only in the first 45 ‘. After a first half devoid of particular emotions, Reece James scores 1-0 in the 47th minute: Chalobah’s ball for the 22-year-old winger, who after a series of feints kicks hard at the far post, overtaking Pope. Ten minutes later Chelsea are already ahead 3-0, thanks to two goals from Kai Havertz: the first with a header, from a cross from Mount’s right, the second with a right, pushing James’s low-shot cross into the net. At 69 ‘Pulisic scores the Blues poker using a mistake by Tarkowski, who trying to intercept a cross gives the ball to the former Dortmund, free to kick a step away from the goalkeeper. Chelsea, third in the standings, thus extend over United and West Ham, reaching 53 points.
Chelsea’s poker and Aston Villa’s poker too: with two goals per half, the team coached by Steven Gerrard passes against the Saints, reaching 33 points, two less than their opponents this Saturday. After 9 minutes it is already 1-0 with the goal of Ollie Watkins, who served in the area by Ings gets rid of the opponent and kicks in the goal. At the end of the first half Douglas Luiz signs the doubling on an assist from Coutinho: on the development of a free kick, the former Barça is caught with a throw in the penalty area and gives his teammate a ball that is only to be pushed into the net. In the second half, the authors of the first two assists also celebrate: in the 52nd minute it is Coutinho’s turn, who frees himself to shoot in the area and beats Forster, two minutes after that of Ings, who finds the goal with a first shot, using Cash’s cross in tow.
Norwich 1, Ivan Toney 3. The English striker is unleashed against the last in the standings, signing a hat-trick that pushes Brentford away from the relegation zone. The first goal is on the development of a corner kick beaten by Eriksen, on his debut as a starter with his new club: the ball kicked by the Danish crosses the entire penalty area, reaching Toney on the far post, which he only has to support. Network. The encore and the trio arrive just before the hour of play, with two penalty kicks transformed by the 25 year old. Pukki’s goal in full recovery is of little use to the hosts: Norwich is still last with just 17 points in the standings.
At Wolves home the red alarm goes off, with Moutinho and teammates falling for the third consecutive time in the league. After having snatched the pass for access to the FA Cup quarter-finals from Stoke City, the Palace won at Wolverhampton, thanks to goals in the first half by Mateta and Zaha, once again the most dangerous of them. At 19 ‘it is already 0-1, thanks to a goal by the French striker who, served in the small area by Zaha, kicks at the goal, finds a rebound and eventually bags behind the goalkeeper. Twenty minutes later the Ivorian puts the signature on the double, transforming the penalty awarded for a foul by Kliman on Schlupp. The ball possession of the hosts (63%) is thus of little use, and they remain dry on goals, nailed to 40 points in the standings.
March 5, 2022 (change March 5, 2022 | 18:44)
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