EPL Fixtures and Results on 10 March*
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
Arsenal stole a march on Manchester United in the Premier League top four race with a pivotal win at the Emirates on Sunday night.
The Gunners ended United’s club-record run of nine straight away wins, brought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten EPL start to an end – and took themselves back into the Champions League qualification places.
Romelu Lukaku conspired to thwack an early Luke Shaw cross into the crossbar from close range.
Unai Emery’s men made the most of their reprieve, taking the lead in the 11th minute as Granit Xhaka’s swerving effort from outside the box wrong-footed David de Gea before nestling in the United goal.
And the visitors struck the woodwork again when Fred’s shot clipped the post with Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno beaten.
That profligacy was shown in a stark light in the 69th minute.
Fred’s clumsy tangle with Alex Lacazette led to the penalty that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang popped past De Gea to put daylight between the sides.
Victor Lindelof’s inexplicable decision to let the ball bounce over him was then very nearly punished by Lacazette, who seized on the opportunity before striking wide.
Liverpool 4-2 Burnley
Liverpool came from behind to outclass Burnley at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both at the double.
The Clarets stunned the Kop in just the sixth minute as Ashley Westwood’s corner curled in underneath Alisson’s crossbar, with the home keeper smothered under dubious Burnley pressure on his goal line.
But the hosts didn’t get mad, they got even.
Mo Salah exchanged passes with Gini Wijnaldum to the right of the Burnley box before squaring for Firmino, who couldn’t miss.
They completed the turnaround on 28 minutes, thanks in no small part to a fearsome block from re-energised Adam Lallana.
He prevented the clearance before the ball fell to Salah, who this time teed up Mane to finish and register at least one goal in six consecutive home games.
Firmino added his second after the break when keeper Tom Heaton’s lousy clearance fell into the path of Salah, who marauded forward before finding the Brazilian once again.
Substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson forced one back in injury time to increase the tension.
But the Reds were straight back up the other end for Mane to exploit a stretched away defence to make it four.
Chelsea 1-1 Wolves
Chelsea took a hit in their top four Premier League bid, despite rescuing a draw at home to Wolves on Sunday.
A Stamford Bridge sucker-punch saw Raul Jimenez finish a direct counter-attack to floor their hosts, who snatched a point thanks to Eden Hazard in the 92nd minute.
The Blues bossed possession from start to finish but a curiously immobile Gonzalo Higuain failed to provide the focal point for Maurizio Sarri’s men.
A frustrating afternoon went from bad to worse when the Black Country side hoofed clear and bundled upfield before Jimenez found a way through the legs of the recovering Cesar Azpilicueta on 56 minutes.
It remained their only shot on target all game.
Pedro and Higuain both created chances soon after, while Hazard took a tumble inches outside the Wolves box.
The Belgian was in the same position in injury time when he took hold of a short corner, turned on to his right foot and picked out the bottom right-hand corner beyond the grasp of Rui Patricio.
EPL Table on 10 March
EPL Results on 9 March
Manchester City 3-1 Watford
Raheem Sterling was the hat-trick hero as Manchester City overwhelmed Watford in the late Premier League kick off on Saturday.
The reigning champions fired an early warning shot when Riyad Mahrez’s cross was headed just wide by David Silva.
Sergio Aguero then conspired to head wide from just six yards out as City continued to probe.
It was a moment of controvesy that saw Pep Guardiola’s side take the lead, as Sterling’s finish was ruled out for offside before, after an interminable discussion, referee Paul Tierney overturned the decision.
VAR would have fixed it.
Either way, Sterling tapped in his second within a couple of minutes to put his side well in charge.
They were out of sight by the hour mark, as the ex-Liverpool forward completed his treble with a shimmy in from the left and a classy finish beyond the grasp of Ben Foster in the Watford goal.
Gerard Deulofeu pulled one back 21 seconds after entering play as a substitute in the 66th minute.
But it only served to stiffen City’s resolve, as they strengthened their title credentials at the top of the EPL.
Southampton 2-1 Tottenham
Tottenham continued their Premier League slide after stuffing up a one-goal lead away at Southampton.
Harry Kane missed a pair of chances in the opening minutes, firing wide and then over before Maya Yoshida cleared against his own post.
Christian Eriksen then struck the crossbar with his free kick from the edge of the box.
The Saints’ luck wasn’t to last as Kane took delivery from Dele Alli before sneaking in a far-post finish on 26 minutes.
Spurs passed up plenty more chances and were punished on 77 minutes when Yan Valery scrambled in Stuart Armstrong’s speculative cross.
And James Ward-Prowse fired in his second epic free kick in consecutive games three minutes later, burying his effort into the roof of the net.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton
Brighton snatched the bragging rights from their rival clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday lunchtime.
Glenn Murray was a late Seagulls selection to face his former club.
But the ex-Palace hit man was more than ready for action, firing in the 20th-minute opener for the visitors.
The Eagles went on to force the issue for the remainder of the first period, without finding the equalizer.
Luka Milivojevic made up for that on 50 minutes, though, nailing a trademark penalty after Andros Townsend took a tumble in the box.
Anthony Knockaert then produced a moment of class to restore the advantage, picking out the top corner with a bending effort from outside the area.
Newcastle 3-2 Everton
Newcastle came back from the dead against Everton to register a fifth-straight EPL home win.
The Toffees went ahead after 18 minutes when Dominic Calvert-Lewin glanced in Lucas Digne’s tempting cross.
And the game looked to have turned when Jordan Pickford saved a Matt Ritchie penalty to atone for his clumsy foul on Salomon Rondon.
Everton were straight up the other end with Richarlison tucking in the second when keeper Martin Dubravka palmed straight into the Brazilian’s path.
Rondon volleyed one back for the hosts on 65 minutes before Ayoze Perez took advantage of a Pickford parry to pull the scores level.
The pair combined on 84 minutes as Perez slotted in the third.
Leicester 3-1 Fulham
Leicester finished strongly to see off Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Foxes forged ahead in the 21st minute as Youri Tielemans slotted in his first for the club.
Floyd Ayite stunned the King Power Stadium after half time with a solo goal to restore a parity that the visitors hardly warranted.
But despite the away side warming to their task, they came unstuck when Jamie Vardy went one-on-one with Sergio Rico to finish for 2-1.
Vardy soon added the third to leave Brendan Rodgers’ men comfortable in the end.
Cardiff 2-0 West Ham
Cardiff eased their relegation worries with a solid home win over West Ham.
Junior Hoilett’s smart, rising finish at the near post put the hosts ahead in the fourth minute.
The Bluebirds had their second when Victor Camarasa forced in from close range.
Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth
Bournemouth finally ended their away day hoodoo with victory at doomed Huddersfield.
Callum Wilson celebrated his return from injury by chesting in the opener on 20 minutes.
Little Ryan Fraser made it two halfway through the second period with an unchallenged far post finish.
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