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Premier League: Manchester United Crush Norwich, Liverpool Edge Spurs

Premier League: Manchester United Crush Norwich, Liverpool Edge Spurs Photo: TT
Manchester United won easily this week

Crystal Palace and Arsenal drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in Premier League action while Manchester United and Liverpool recorded contrasting wins.

Arsenal were by far the better team in the first-half and took the lead when a slick passing move saw Alexander Lacazette release the ball into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang who took a touch before sliding the ball home. It took the home side nearly 40 minutes to have a shot, but they came into the match more after half-time, and equalised on 54 minutes although there was a slice of luck about their goal. Jordan Ayews shot seemed to be heading wide, but it diverted in off David Kuizs boot past the despairing dice of Bernd Leno.

The match then changed when Aubameyang was sent off, VAR upgrading his challenge on Max Myer from a yellow to a red card. Palace poured forward and, from a set-piece, Sokratis hooked the ball off the line. At the other end the 10 man may have won it when Lacazette set-up Pp, but Vicente Guaita produced a fine save to tip the ball on to the post.

Chelsea eased past Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. It was Burnley who had most of the early chances and thought they had scored only for VAR to rule it out for offside. Then Matt Lowton tripped Willian in the box and the spot kick was awarded, Jorginho calmness personified from twelve yards. Ten minutes later, Chelsea doubled their lead through Tammy Abrahams header, but Nick Pope in the Burnley goal should have saved it.

The home side then made the points safe just after half-time when Callum Hudson-Odoi got on the end of a flick from Abraham, getting in front of his marker to score.

Manchester United thrashed Norwich City 4-0 at Old Trafford to lift the gloom amongst their supporters. United took the lead in the 27th minute when Juan Matas perfectly weighted cross from the right found Marcus Rashford at the far post, and he stretched out a leg to guide the ball past Tim Krul.

They then scored two quick-fire goals in the second half. First Krul brought down Brandon Williams to concede a penalty, which Rashford slotted home. Then another fine ball from Mata found the head of Anthony Martial, and he added the third. A miserable afternoon for Norwich was competed when a clearing header found substitute Mason Greenwood, and he drilled home from 25 yards.

Liverpool edged Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane in a repeat of last years Champions League final, but the league leaders will have few harder games this season. They were the better side in the first half and, after Paolo Gazzaniga had produced a point blank save to keep out Virgil van Dycks header, they took the lead when Roberto Firmino was allowed space to turn on to his left foot, and he found the back of the net.

The second-half was a different matter as Spurs began to press Liverpool all the pitch, forcing the Merseyside club into a number of unforced errors. They only thing they were lacking, in the absence of the injured Harry Kane, was a finisher up top, and Son Heung-Min missed a great chance to equalise when he skied over from 15 yards. However, their best chance came when Serge Aurier right-wing cross found substitute Giovani Lo Celso sliding in at the far post. With half the ground rising to applaud the equaliser, he skewed his shot wide.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer
@suneerchowdhary ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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