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Premier League review 29th December 2012

Edin Dzeko scored a brace as Manchester City defeated Norwich 4-3 at Carrow Road

Yesterday’s Premier League games produced an amazing 35 goals.

The game of the day was at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal defeated Newcastle 7-3 in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring with a finish right out of the Thierry Henry book of finishing.

Newcastle got a deserved equaliser just before half-time, Demba Ba’s free-kick deflecting off Jack Wilshere and wrong-footing Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired the Gunners into the lead early in the second half. Sylvain Marveaux then cancelled out Arsenal’s lead with a close-range finish.

Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners the lead, only for Demba Ba to score for Newcastle to equalise for the third time. Arsenal came back though and Theo Walcott fired Arsenal back into the lead. Substitute Olivier Giroud then scored a quick double.

Theo Walcott completed his hat-trick with a dinked finish to make it seventh. The victory moved Arsenal up to fifth in the Premier League table. Newcastle are just three points above the relegation zone.

Tottenham defeated Sunderland 2-1 in the early kick-off at the Stadium of Light in the early kick-off. Tottenham dominated possession in the first half, but defender John O’Shea fired the home side into the lead on 40 minutes.

The visitors came out stronger in the second half and equalised early in the second half, Carlos Cuellar heading past his own keeper. The winning goal came in the 51st minute Aaron Lennon breaking through Sunderland defence to score the winner.

The win took Spurs up to third place in the Premier League table. The Black Cats are just five points above the relegation zone.

Champions Manchester City defeated Norwich 4-3 in an enthralling encounter at Carrow Road. City raced out the blocks, with two goals from Edin Dzeko in the first five minutes. The Canaries were back in the game on 15 minutes, as Anthony Pilkington’s free-kick deflected past Joe Hart.

City were reduced to ten men just before half-time. Midfielder Samir Nasri was dismissed for a coming together with Norwich’s Sebastien Bassong. The visitors made it three early in the second half.

Striker Sergio Aguero produced a superb finish over Norwich keeper Mark Bunn. The Canaries got a goal back in the 63rd minute, defender Russell Martin guiding home an effort after Sebastien Bassong had headed Robert Snodgrass’ cross back across the face of goal.

However, City regained their two goal lead in the 67th minute. Edin Dzeko’s effort hit the woodwork, only for the ball to rebound into the goal off unfortunate Canaries keeper Mark Bunn. The Canaries got another goal back in the 75th minute, defender Russell Martin scoring his second goal of the game from close-range. Norwich pushed for an equaliser, but the champions held on for a vital victory.

Manchester United are still seven points clear of their city rivals at the top of the Premier League table, after the Red Devils defeated West Brom 2-0 at Old Trafford. The home side were in front on nine minutes.

Baggies defender Gareth McAuley put past his own keeper from Ashley Young’s low drilled cross. West Brom were in the contest for long periods, but the points were secured in the final minute.

Robin Van Persie stepped off the bench to fire home a superb effort from the edge of the area that beat Ben Foster completely.

Wigan secured three vital points at Aston Villa, winning 3-0 at Villa Park. Wigan took the lead after just three minutes, defender Ivan Ramis heading home. The Latics lead was doubled in the 52nd minute, Emmerson Boyce firing home the second.

Arouna Kone slotted home the third for Wigan in the 56th minute to secure maximum points for the visitors. The victory took Wigan above Villa and out of the relegation zone. Villa are just one point outside the drop zone.

Southampton threw away a two goal lead to draw 3-3 at Stoke. The visitors took the lead after just ten minutes, Rickie Lambert scoring from Guly Do Prado’s superb centre. The home side equalised through a flicked finish from Kenwyne Jones from Ryan Shotton’s cross.

The visitors regained the lead through Jay Rodriguez’s close-range effort. The Saints extended their lead, as Andy Wilkinson put past his own keeper. Stoke centre-back Matthew Upson forced home a goal back for the Potters.

Stoke were reduced to ten men, as Steven N’Zonzi was shown a red card for a foul on Jack Cork. Stoke rescued their unbeaten run in the 90th minute through a superb long-range effort from Cameron Jerome.

The defeat means that the visitors drop into the relegation zone. Stoke remain in 8th place in the Premier League table.

Reading claimed a vital 1-0 victory over West Ham at the Madejski Stadium. The only goal of the game came after five minutes. James Collins poor back-pass was seized upon by Pavel Pogrebnyak who beat Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The Royals are still five points away from the drop zone, but moved three points clear of bottom place QPR. West Ham remain 12th in the Premier League table.

Swansea claimed a 2-1 win at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The visitors were without star player Michu, but still managed to claim maximum points. Michu’s striking deputy Danny Graham gave the Swans the lead from close-range with a powerful effort.

Midfielder Jonathan De Guzman doubled the Swans lead, after Fulham keeper David Stockdale made a hash of clearance. Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz got a goal back for the home side, after a goalmouth scramble, but couldn’t find an equaliser.

The result leaves Fulham just four points clear of the relegation zone, after a terrible run of results and the Swans remain comfortable in midtable.

Could Aston Villa be facing relegation this season?

Sun 30 December, 2012
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1 Comment:

  1. Reo says:

    Where arsenal defeated Newcastle not Norwich

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