White Hart Lane held the early kickoff on Saturday as Tottenham Hotspur welcomed London rivals, Chelsea. Gylfi Sigurdsson put the home side in the lead midway through the first half and the game stayed at 1-0 to the home side until the 65th minute when John Terry headed home a beautiful free kick from Juan Mata to make things all square. Fernando Torres was sent off during the affair after having been cautioned twice; the first came when he clipped the heel of Belgian centre back, Jan Vertonghen sending him to the floor. Vertonghen and Torres had a few choice words for each other and then Torres was seen scratching the Belgian international’s face. The sending off came when Torres and Vertonghen once again came face-to-face, the Spanish international flew into Vertonghen in what seemed to be a 50/50 air challenge.
RESULT: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Chelsea
Defending champions Manchester United continued their inconsistency in the league this season with a defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion, while West Brom are now unbeaten in their last three matches (all competitions). Amalfitano opened the scoring in the second half with a delicate chip over United’s keeper, David De Gea. Soon after, England international Wayne Rooney leveled the score with a free kick that was missed by all the United players in the area and catching WBA keeper, Myhill off guard. The winner came from midweek goal scorer Saido Berahino, with a beautifully struck shot straight into the bottom right corner. Manchester United thought they had an equalizer when Fellaini put the ball into the back of the net in the final stages of the match, but it was ruled offside.
RESULT: Manchester United 1 – 2 West Bromwich Albion
With a win over Aston Villa, Manchester City could have gone top of the table and on the stroke of half time were on their way to doing so as Yaya Toure volleyed in the opener. Just six minutes into the second half Karim El Ahmadi made it square with a close-range finish. Moments later Edin Dzeko headed City back into the lead. Any hope of winning their first away match this campaign disappeared when Leandro Bacuna scored a fantastic free kick that left City’s Joe Hart rooted to the spot. Two minutes after Villa’s equalizer Andreas Weimann broke through a somewhat asleep City defense and poked home the winner.
RESULT: Aston Villa 3 – 2 Manchester City
Fulham entertained Cardiff City and the away team went into the lead early on with a Steven Caulker headed goal, just 12 minutes in. The match was then evened up in the 45th minute when Bryan Ruiz curled in an unstoppable 25 yard strike into the top corner. The winning goal came in the 90th minute and much like the equalizing goal was an incredible strike. Cardiff substitute Mutch turned and hit home a curler from 25 yards out.
RESULT: Fulham 1 – 2 Cardiff City
The lowest scoring match of the day (Saturday, 28th) came between Hull City and West Ham United.
Hull City’s Robbie Brady appeared to be shoved, somewhat minimally, in the penalty area and a spot kick was given. The Irish winger Brady converted the penalty to give the home side a win.
RESULT: Hull City 1 – 0 West Ham United
Southampton won comfortably in a match that had only three shots on target in the whole match. Dani Osvaldo struck a low finish from just insde the box to get his first goal as a Southampton player. The second came from newly called-up England striker, Rickie Lambert with a nice 25 yard free kick. A fine way to score your 200th league goal.
RESULT: Southampton 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Saturday’s evening kickoff was at the Liberty Stadium with Swansea taking on Arsenal. It all happened in the second half of the match when Serge Gnabry opened the scoring with a fine goal. Shortly after, Aaron Ramsey slotted another home after some fine link play between Jack Wilshere and Oliver Giroud. Swansea struck late on with Davies linking up with Bony and eventually putting the ball in the net with a knee volley.
RESULT: Swansea City 1 – 2 Arsenal
Stoke had the home advantage but failed to do much in the match and only had one shot on target in the whole match. However, Norwich City found the net in the 34th minute when Jonny Howson struck low from 25 yards out. That goal proved to be the deciding factor as it stayed that score until the end.
RESULT: Stoke City 0 – 1 Norwich City
Luis Suarez bagged a brace in his Premier League return as Liverpool away from home defeated Sunderland 3-1. Man of the match Daniel Sturridge put the visitors ahead with a controversial goal, as he went to head the ball it appeared to hit his arm and the ball ended up in the net. Liverpool’s second goal came from Suarez as Sturridge played the ball to the back post for an easy tap in. Sunderland pulled one back early into the second half when Simon Mignolet parried a shot into the path of Giaccherini who then slotted the ball home. Luis Suarez put the match to bed when he scored his second of the day and Liverpool’s third. Mignolet threw the ball to Suarez who then beautifully lofted the ball over to Sturridge, Sturridge then took on a Sunderland defender and passed the ball across the box to a waiting Suarez who once again put the ball into the back of the net.
RESULT: Sunderland 1 – 3 Liverpool