Suarez Saves Barca, Wartford Nails Arsenal, C/Palace Stuns Chelsea, Ronaldo Saves Real, M/City Drubs Stoke

 

By Ayo Kehinde

 

Atletico Madrid  vs Barcelona: For the first time in Laliga this season Barcelona failed to win a match. But this was an exciting match in which the host took an early lead by Niguez through half time, until a Messi set up for Luiz Suarez’s header gave the visitors the equaliser. A free kick from Messi, a drive though, went straight into the waiting hands of keeper, Jan Oblak and the last blow of the whistle ended it all for a home side that was almost caving in to pressure from the visitors. The draw leaves Barcelona with five points clear of Real who won their match with Getafe earlier in the day

 

Watford vs Arsenal  After Per Mertesacker’s early goal was cancelled by a Troy Deeney  equaliser through a penalty after Bellerin was penalised for foul on Richarlison, bringing the tally to 1-1, everybody, fan and coaching crew alike held their breath as the game entered its last stretch. The reason was simple. Watford have netted four of their 14 goals this season in the 90th minute or beyond. And they proved themselves again by scoring the winning goal at the dying minute, 90+2 minutes. Tom Cleverly finding himself unmarked at the Arsenal penalty area smashed the ball into the roof of the net. And the reaction was instant as the stadium erupted in celebration. For Arsenal, a golden chance that was flung by Mesut Ozil when he was one-on-one with Watford’s goalie will hunt them for the season.

 

Metersacker’s goal gave Arsenal hope but it was short-lived

 

Crystal Palace Vs Chelsea. This was the most predictable match of the today’s derby as C’ Palace have lost the past seven matches, home and away. But miracles, they say, still happens and with an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta in the 11 minutes and a Wilfried Zaha goal at the stroke of time, Selhurst Part roared into life. It was an unbelievable achievement for a team that was at the bottom of the table, especially when the win is against the defending champion which managed to pull one back and watched helplessly as the Crystal Palace boys, boosted by a newfound  rhythm and salutary support from the home fans, kept on the pressure till the blast of the whistle.

  Chelsea’s keeper, Courtious too dazed for word as C’Palace teammates celebrate a deserved win

 

Manchester City vs Stoke. Playing at Etihad was part boost to an inform Manchester City side who took the game to

Stoke and registered two three goals which the visiting Stoke threatened to scuttle when the team rallied and ended it 7-2. This whopping victory took them to the top of the table with two points ahead of their local rivals.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: It ended a draw in a match the home side had the greater possession at 67 per cent but failed to find the net of a heavily defending Manchester side.

Spurs vs Bournemouth   Christian Eriksen’s early goal in the second half. separated the two sides and took Spurs to the third position on the table behind Manchester United. They remain in third but have now moved four points clear of Chelsea.

 

 

Eriksen scores the winning goal for Spurs

 

Burnley vs West Ham   West Ham  led in Lancashire for most of the match after Michail Antonio rounded the keeper before scoring into an empty net early on but Chris Wood equalised close to full-time for the home side.

Swansea vs Huddersfield:  Tammy Abraham scored twice as Swansea defeated Huddersfield 2-0 to lift the Swans out of the bottom three.

 

Dijon vs PSG: A depleted PSG side without talisman Edison Cavani, and Thiago Silva, Marco Verrati, Thiago Motta and Layvin Kurzawa left the Ligue 1 leader with Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to prove their worth. They did but through the teeth ad the host fought every inch of the field for possession. It was 1-1 until Thomas Meunier brace gave Paris Saint-Germain a hard-fought 2-1  They are now six-point clear of defending champion Monaco who lost 3-2 at Lyon on Friday.

 

Real Madrid vs Getafe

But for Cristiano Ronaldo’s late equalised five minutes to the blow of the whistle, R’Madrid would have been forced to a draw with hard fighting Getafe. Karim Benzema’s half-time goal was cancelled by a Jorge Molina. early equaliser in the second half.

With this win, Madrid is now second on the LaLiga table behind Barcelona