Chelsea, Man City Fall at Home, As Man U, Barca, Juve Win

Jubilant Jamie Vardy knocks Chelsea with the winning goal

 

Surprises and shock ruled Premier league on Saturday as Man City were stunned 3-2 by a visiting, brilliant side, Crystal Palace.

Even coach and former England boss, Roy Hodson, who could not believe his eyes described the deserved win before a lack-luster, Man City at Etihad, as “one of those bonanza days”. Andros Townsend was the man of the match after smashing home a 30-yard volley to seal Palace victory.

“To score three goals away from home against a team of this quality says a lot… and makes you wonder where they have been until now. Today was one of those bonanza days,” he said, after his side secured the biggest shock of the campaign to date by claiming their first win at City for exactly 28 years and ended the defending champions’ 100 per cent home record in the top flight this season, slumping to second position with 44 points behind Liverpool with 48 points.

In another surprise encounter, Man United, who had kept bookmakers, fans and ex worried about their form and progress, registered a superb win under interim manager and former United striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they thrashed Cardiff 5-1 with goals scored by Marcus Rashford through a stunning free-kick, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard through a penalty Neil.

Victor Camarasa’s penalty could only give Cardiff a breather

  Crystal Palace Andros shock Man City with the volley

Like ManCity, Chelsea lost at home for the first time this season after Jamie Vardy’s first-time finish in the in the 51st minute.

Helpless Manager, Maurizio Sarri said “his Chelsea players reacted with “mental confusion” as they failed to respond to the predatory Jamie Vardy strike that earned Leicester victory at Stamford Bridge.

“After the goal the reaction was not the right reaction. We reacted a little shocked and with mental confusion. We had to only keep playing like we did before the goal, there was time to recover,” Sarri told BBC Sports

In Laliga, the duo of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele saw off Celta de Vigo, 2-0           to move Barcelona up to 37 points and keep them one step ahead of Atletico, whose Antoine Griezman nailed Espanyol, 1-0.

Messi doubled his side’s advantage just before half-time, bursting through, completely unmarked to meet the excellent Jordi Alba’s through ball and wrong-foot Blanco as he slotted in his 15th league goal of the season.  Mario Mandzukic heads home for Juventus in their match with Roma, finishing top of the table before the yuletide