BPL Recap, Highlights: City Slickers, Alexis Sanchez superb, more


Staff Writer

Manchester City continued their recent dominance over local rival Manchester United with a 1-0 victory this weekend. City has now won four derbies in a row.

Sergio Aguero scored the lone goal in the 63rd minute. It was his 10th goal of the season. Yaya Toure played a through ball to Gael Clichy, who then pulled the ball back for Aguero to fire past David De Gea from 10 yards out.

The home side capitalized on the Red Devils going down a man in the first half. Chris Smalling was sent off in the 38th minute for his second yellow card after a foul on James Milner.

On the back of the chances created, City thoroughly deserved their lead as it very well could have been a bit more comfortable for them.

With the loss, United will be more concerned with Marcos Rojo, who left the game with a shoulder injury.

City remains at third while United drop to 10th position on the table.

Other Premier League Results

1. Super Sanchez– Arsenal was struggling to score once again, but as they’ve done several times this season, they were able to find them late to defeat Burnley 3-0.

Alexis Sanchez again proved vital bagging a brace and pushing his goal tally to seven on the season. Leading the Gunners with his desire, it was fitting that he broke the deadlock. He headed home Calum Chambers‘ cross in the 70th minute. He added his second in the first minute of stoppage time. Receiving a pass from Kieran Gibbs, Sanchez jinked past two defenders to fire in his second of the match.

Chambers had doubled the Gunners advantage two minutes after Sanchez’s opener. After an Arsenal corner, the Burnley defense made a block on Danny Welbeck‘s attempt on goal before Chambers was able to find the back of the net with the rebound.

2. West Ham fightback– Stoke City had a two goal advantage, but they saw it disappear as West Ham fought back for a 2-2 draw.

Enner Valencia pulled one back for the Hammers, connecting with a Stewart Downing cross to head in at the back post.

They would combine again for the equalizer. Valencia supplied a cross to find Downing for a right-footed shot past Asmir Begovic.

Stoke took the lead in the 33rd minute through Victor Moses. He bundled the ball over the line after Carl Jenkinson failed to deal with Geoff Cameron‘s cross. Stoke doubled their advantage in the 56th minute. Mame Biram Diouf headed past Adrian from Jonathan Walters‘ cross.

3. Spurs rally late– Aston Villa scored their first goal after five scoreless and it looked as if it’d be enough for a victory over Tottenham.

However, the wheels fell off late with Spurs scoring twice in six minutes.

Christian Benteke was sent off for putting his hands to Ryan Mason‘s face in the 65th minute as Spurs would later capitalize.

Nacer Chadli scored in the 84th minute as he was left unmarked to head in at the back post from Erik Lamela‘s corner kick. Harry Kane gave Spurs the win in the 90th minute with a free-kick that deflected off Nathan Baker and left goalkeeper Brad Guzan with no chance to make the save.

Villa took the lead in the 16th minute through Andreas Weimann Chalres N’Zogbia was a threat, particularly early against Spurs and set up Villa’s goal. He picked out Weimman’s run as the forward scored from six yards out.

4. Penalty sinks QPR–  Chelsea was able to defeat Queens Park Rangers thanks to a late penalty kick.

Eden Hazard was hauled down by Eduardo Vargas to set up the spot kick. Hazard stepped up and sent goalkeeper Robert Green the wrong way to keep the Blues comfortably atop the Premier League.

QPR put on a much improved performance despite losing four of their last five games. Charlie Austin had pulled the R’s level in the 62nd minute Oscar put the Blues in front in the 32nd minute.Austin’s fifth goal of the season came through a deft back-heel from a Leroy Fer attempt on goal.

The Blues had took the lead through a superb effort from Oscar. Cesc Fabregas played him down the right channel and Oscar fired a curling effort in at the near post.

5. Ayoze Redux– It’s been a great two weekends in a row for Ayoze Perez. After a game-winning goal against Tottenham, he followed it up with another against Liverpool.

In a game that was looking set for a draw, a Moussa Sissoko pass across the box wasn’t dealt with properly by the Liverpool defense. Alberto Moreno didn’t clear first time, Perez pounced and slotted the ball past Simon Mignolet in the 73rd minute.

Newcastle have now climbed to 11th in the table after their slow start and are only one point behind the seventh place Reds.

6. More 1-0s It took just three minutes for Southampton to open the scoring and that’s all they needed against Hull City. The Saints have now won five of their last six and three in a row.

Hull continues to have to use their third-choice striker Eldin Jakupovic and he made a costly error. His errant clearance went straight to Victor Wanyama, who fired into an empty net from 35 yards out.

West Brom also secured a 1-0 win and again it was due to a defensive mistake. Saido Berahino, who has been brilliant for the Baggies was involved in Leicester City’s own goal in the 47th minute.  

His low cross was seemingly cleared by Wes Morgan with a diving header, but the ball came off of Esteban Cambiasso and traveled over the goal line at the near post.

The Baggies are now unbeaten in three.

7. Scoreless in Goodison– It’s not a feeling Everton has known yet this season. For the first time, they couldn’t find a goal.

They were held frustrated by Swansea, who was eventually reduced to 10 men when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off with a second yellow card after blocking off James McCarthy. The Swans dug in and remained resolute to keep the Toffees out for just under 20 minutes.

Having a man advantage offered Everton a great opportunity to win three successive league games, but will be left thinking it was two points dropped rather than a point gained.

8. Crystal Palace v Sunderland– Crystal Palace will host Sunderland on Monday.

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