EPL Fixtures and Results on 17 March
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Chelsea had their top four dream dented by Everton in the Premier League’s late Sunday kick off at Goodison Park.
Eden Hazard caused havoc in the early stages, forcing Jordan Pickford into a sixth-minute save before hitting the post after being set free by Gonzalo Higuain.
The hosts had a sniff in the 26th minute but Andre Gomes was comfortably denied by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Pedro almost put the Blues in front just before half time when he skidded a shot narrowly wide, with his classy finish two minutes later rightly ruled out for offside.
But the Toffees were rewarded for a spirited start to the second period when Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header was parried into the path of Richarlison, who forced in to put the hosts ahead.
And the damage was doubled on 72 minutes are Marcos Alonso clipped the Brazilian scorer in the box.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty was saved by Kepa, but the Icelandic international followed up to make it two.
Want-away substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi forced a smart tip-over from Pickford as the visitors’ desperation grew.
It came to nothing, leaving Maurizio Sarri and his men gazing up wishfully at Arsenal and Manchester United in the EPL table.
Fulham 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after late penalty drama helped them edge past Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Substitute James Milner went from zero to hero with his spot kick, atoning for his defensive calamity that nearly left the struggling hosts with a share of the Sunday spoils.
The opener was simplicity itself as Roberto Firmino pottered to the byline and pulled neatly back for Sadio Mane, who slotted high into the net in the 26th minute.
Andy Robertson nearly made it two ten minutes later, running on to a cute Adam Lallana pass before finding his path to goal blocked by Sergio Rico.
Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum both went close in the opening stages of the second half against their listless hosts.
A rare Fulham foray then saw Aleksandar Mitrovic head in a Zambo Anguissa strike from an offside position, before Anguissa had another dip to force Alisson into a save.
Mane came even closer at the other end moments later, as his near-post header bounced away off the top of the crossbar from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.
But Ryan Babel pounced on some awful Reds defending to level in the 74th minute.
Milner sliced a clearance, Virgil van Dijk gawped at it and Alisson was caught in no man’s land as the Dutchman sneaked in to score against his old club.
The ultimate utility man had his redemption quickly, though, slotting in his penalty on 81 minutes after Rico had grabbed Mane in the area in a moment of madness.
It killed off the relegation-haunted Londoners and left Jurgen Klopp’s men two points clear of Manchester City at the summit ahead of the international break.
EPL Table on 17 March
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West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield
A Javier Hernandez late show for West Ham scuppered luckless Huddersfield at the London Stadium.
Michail Antonio clipped the crossbar with an early header before the Hammers had a penalty when youngster Aaron Rowe fouled Manuel Lanzini.
The spot kick was slotted straight down the middle by Mark Noble in the 15th minute.
But Juninho Bacuna headed in a rare goal on the road for the Yorkshire side within two minutes, as the Hammers switched off.
They went ahead after half an hour when Karlan Grant scuffed in.
And the away side were in thoroughly uncharted waters when Grant belted home the third.
Angelo Ogbonna headed one back for the hosts with 15 minutes left to play.
Hernandez then stooped to nod in Samir Nasri’s teasing cross in the 84th minute.
And the Mexican added the killer blow with a flicked header in the second minute of injury time.
Burnley 1-2 Leicester
Ten-man Leicester held firm to beat relegation-threatened Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League.
The Foxes endured a nightmare start when last man Harry Maguire was sent off for bringing down Johann Berg Gudmundsson in just the fourth minute.
Iceland international Gudmundsson curled his free kick against the post.
James Maddison did better with his own effort on 33 minutes, forcing his set piece past Tom Heaton to put the visitors ahead.
But the Clarets pulled level when Dwight McNeil slotted in a close-range effort before the break.
While three points remained within reach throughout the second period, Burnley hearts were broken when Wes Morgan appeared to head home the winner in the 89th minute.
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle
Bournemouth and Newcastle shared the spoils after a ding-dong battle at the Vitality Stadium.
Ryan Fraser tickled the far post with his tenth-minute shot having been set free by Joshua King.
And Salomon Rondon put the Toon Army in front deep in first half stoppage time.
It wasn’t to last, as King slotted in a penalty the other side of the interval after a foul on Nathan Ake.
He added his second in the 81st minute to seemingly seal victory for the Cherries.
But Matt Ritchie popped up against his former club to net a 94th-minute equalizer.
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