There were goals in every contest in the 12th week of English Premier League play giving us plenty to write about in our round-up. There was a rousing Merseyside Derby, Arsenal extending their lead at the summit, Chelsea displaying class against London rivals and a stoppage time equalizer in Wales to steal a point from the reigning champion Red Devils.
In a weekend full of goals, Manchester City was the fullest, booming six past Tottenham Hotspur and thoroughly dismantling the North Londoners. In what was billed as a matchup of two English elites, the Sky Blues were a cut above, riding their adventurous Argentine attacker Sergio Aguero to a win that put a marker down and further underlined City’s credentials as true title contenders this term. Read all about it:
Everton 3 Liverpool 3, Goodison Park
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool, 5th minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black
Kevin Mirallas, Everton, 8th minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black
Luis Suarez, Liverpool, 19th minute, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest
Romelu Lukaku, Everton, 72nd and 82nd minutes, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool, 89th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Flash Lime/White/Black
Sturridge provides class when called, salvages draw in delightful derby
Nike players combined to score five of the six goals in this marvelous Merseyside Derby, but it was Daniel Sturridge and his Hypervenoms that saved the best for last. After Brendan Rodgers’ Reds fell behind for the first time in a grandstand-shaking affair as Romelu Lukaku completed his brace with a glancing header, the Three Lions striker and second-half substitute ran onto Steven Gerrard’s teasing free kick delivery and headed home.
Sturridge’s sublime flick was monumental for Liverpool, who stayed in second place with this result. The goal denied Everton what would have been only their second comeback win in this fixture since World War II.
Arsenal 2 Southampton 0, Emirates Stadium
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal, 22nd minute and 86th minute penalty, PUMA evoSPEED 1.2, Blackberry Cordial/Fluo Orange/Fluo Pink
Giroud capitalizes on Boruc’s moment of madness, steals the show
What was he thinking? Southampton shotstopper Artur Boruc, in fine form all season, perhaps forgot where and who he was on Saturday. When confronted with a rudimentary back pass from defender Nathaniel Clyne, the former Celtic goalkeeper thought he was Johann Cruyff for a spell, taking seven touches and attempting audacious turns as French forward Olivier Giroud closed him down. Soon the inevitable played out with Giroud taking the ball off of Boruc and using the outside of his left foot to tuck it into an open net. Not Boruc’s finest moment.
Swansea City 2 Fulham 1, Craven Cottage
Aaron Hughes, Fulham, 56th minute own goal, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Scott Parker, Fulham, 64th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Jonjo Shelvey, Swansea City, 80th minute, adidas Predator LZ TRX blackout
Jonjo Shelvey fires a laser to take the spoils, heap pressure on Martin Jol
Last year’s darlings, Swansea has struggled to produce the same magic in their sequel season, but Jonjo Shelvey was on hand in London on Saturday to give Swans their first EPL victory since Oct. 19. After an own goal and a intended cross found the back of the net for the game’s opening two goals, Shelvey raised the stakes.
The England U21 midfielder collected the ball at the top of the box, took four pinpoint touches and unleashed an unstoppable right-footed banger to bag the three points, propel the Welsh side into 10th and leave the Cottagers squarely in the relegation scrap in 18th place.
Crystal Palace 1 Hull City 0, The KC Stadium
Barry Bannan, Crystal Palace, 81st minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Bannan finds himself in right place, time to kickstart survival hopes
This battle of newly promoted sides didn’t draw a lot of neutral eyes Saturday, but it was high on drama. Crystal Palace, playing with 10 men after Yannick Bolasie picked up a controversial red card in the 78th minute, found some late magic to send caretaker manager Keith Millen off in style. Cameron Jerome made a dangerous run down the left flank and played the ball across the face of goal to find a grateful Barry Bannan rushing on for the left-footed tap-in. Tony Pulis takes charge this week, and suddenly Crystal Palace’s hope to survive has legs.
Newcastle United 2 Norwich City 1, St James’ Park
Loic Remy, Newcastle United, 2nd minute, Nike Tiempo Legend IV, Volt/Black. Green Glow
Yoan Gouffran, Newcastle United, 38th minute, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest
Leroy Fer, Norwich City, 80th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Loic Remy takes advantage as Norwich start the match snoozing
Loic Remy scored the softest of goals early on, unmarked at the back post from a Yohan Cabaye corner kick, to make it eight successful strikes in his last 10 games in a Magpies shirt. He can’t stop scoring.
Norwich was ripe for the picking, having conceded 15 goals in their last three away matches. Yoan Gouffran added a rebound tap-in later to stave off the pressure Norwich was mounting. Neither was pretty, but they all count the same, and Newcastle will surely take the points.
Stoke City 2 Sunderland 0, Britannia Stadium
Charlie Adam, Stoke City, 30th minute, adidas Predator LZ TRX, Samba Pack, Vivid Berry/Running White/Solar Slime
Steven Nzonzi, Stoke City, 81st minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, blackout
Charlie Adam takes his opportunity to open the scoring
Putting aside the shocking decision to send Sunderland’s Wes Brown off for a challenge in which he won the ball, Stoke probably deserved the victory in this matchup with the Black Cats. Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam opened the scoring when Steven Nzonzi dragged a ball back, and he slotted home professionally with his left foot, rolling the ball along the grass.
Chelsea 3 West Ham United 0, Upton Park
Frank Lampard, Chelsea, 21st minute penalty and 82nd minute, adidas adipure 11Pro TRX, Samba Pack, Blast Purple/Running White/Vivid Berry
Oscar, Chelsea, 34th minute, adidas Predator LZ TRX, Samba Pack, Vivid Berry/Running White/Solar Slime
Lampard impresses with a brace to break his goal drought
The English caps centurion hadn’t scored in 11 games, his longest scoring dry spell in more than a decade. He ended the hoodoo with a classy first half penalty, but it was Lampard’s second that will be most remembered from this comprehensive victory against the Blues’ London foes. Playing against his boyhood club and the one his father represented, Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time top scorer, found a rebound at the top of the box, and, unmarked, used his moneymaking right foot to blast the Nike Incyte along the grass and past West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
- Sunday, Nov. 24
Manchester City 6 Tottenham Hotspur 0, Etihad Stadium
Jesus Navas, Manchester City, 1st and 92nd minutes, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black
Sandro, Tottenham Hotspur, 34th minute own goal, adidas Predator LZ TRX, Samba Pack, Vivid Berry/Running White/Solar Slime
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, 41st and 50th minutes, PUMA evoSPEED 1.2, Blackberry Cordial/Fluo Orange/Fluo Pink
Alvaro Negrego, Manchester City, 55th minute, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Zest/Black/Blast Purple
Sergio Aguero soars, Navas delights as Spurs produce a shameful show
Both men found themselves on the scoresheet twice on Sunday as the Sky Blues ran riot on Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham team. Navas’ early opener was perhaps the prettiest goal scored in this drubbing, the sly Spaniard clipping the ball past Hugo Lloris after the Frenchman fluffed his clearance, but Aguero’s continued jaw-dropping form earns our plaudits. After playing in two friendlies for Argentina, Aguero showed no signs of fatigue, making smart runs behind the defense and creating chances all day.
His first goal, which effectively killed off the game by providing a 3-0 first half cushion, showed his intelligence as he was alert to Navas’ low cross from the right flank and opened his left foot to expertly guide the ball into the far netting in efficient and exquisite style.
Really, you could take your pick of the Citizen’s six goals on the day here. The scary thing for Spurs; it could have been a lot worse.
Cardiff City 2 Manchester United 2, Cardiff City Stadium
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, 15th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Electro Purple/Volt/Black
Frazier Campbell, Cardiff City, 33rd minute, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest
Patrice Evra, Manchester United, 45th minute, Nike Tiempo Legend IV, Sunburst/White/Total Crimson
Kim Bo-Kyung, Cardiff City, 91st minute, PUMA King SL, Metallic White/High Risk Red/Black
Kim picks perfect time to score first EPL goal, steal point from Red Devils
Manchester City went home with tails between their legs when they paid a visit to Wales and Cardiff City Stadium, and now their neighbors know the feeling after conceding a stoppage time equalizer to the promoted side. Peter Whittingham played in a free kick that Kim rose to meet, beating Rio Ferdinand to the spot to set the Bluebirds supporters into rapturous applause and delight. The South Korean second-half substitute pulled off his shirt and sprinted with glee after notching a famous goal that denied Manchester United a place in the top four, at least for now.
- Monday, Nov. 25th
West Bromwich Albion 2 Aston Villa 2, The Hawthorns
Shane Long, West Bromwich Albion, 3rd and 11th minutes, Nike Tiempo Legend VI, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Karim El Ahmadi, Aston Villa, 67th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Ashley Westwood, Aston Villa, 76th minute, adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX, Solar Slime/Black/Solar Zest
Long takes a luscious first touch, scores from a stunning strike
Full credit to Aston Villa for a spirited second half comeback and to manager Paul Lambert for his bold triple substitution, but they were put to the test by a top-drawer first-half brace from Irish striker Shane Long. Though his cheeky chip for his second was classy, Long’s first was spectacular.
He raced onto a route-one ball lumped forward by Chris Brunt and, leaning back, picked it out of the air with a sublime first touch with his right. Long then swept the ball onto his left and fired a bullet past American goalkeeper Brad Guzan to get his day going. Long now has three goals in his last two matches. Impressive stuff.
What was your favorite goal of Week 12 in the English Premier League? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below.