Weekend Review

Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur spurs

Goals by Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent dented Aston Villa’s hopes of securing a Champions League place. Jenas put the visitors in front when he forced home a parry from goalkeeper Brad Friedel after just four minutes. Darren Bent slid in to make sure Robbie Keane’s angled shot went over the line early in the second half. Substitute John Carew gave Villa hope with a towering header late on but it was not enough for Martin O’Neill’s men to reclaim fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City chelsea

Michael Essien’s second goal in as many matches lifted Chelsea back into second place in the Barclays Premier League. Essien, starting only his second match since damaging knee ligaments on international duty last September, hit the target on the turn from 18 yards in the 17th minute after Frank Lampard’s clever free-kick had caught City napping. It was enough for the Blues to leapfrog Liverpool on goal difference as they made it four consecutive league wins under Guus Hiddink.

Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Fulham bolton

Fulham won their first Barclays Premier League away match of the season with a 1-3 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Two errors by Bolton defender Andy O’Brien handed Fulham maximum points to ease their relegation worries and leave Wanderers looking over their shoulders. In the 42nd minute, the centre-back poked the ball past his own goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and saw Andrew Johnson slide in at the far post to score. Kevin Davies equalised in first-half injury time but 11 minutes after the interval another mistake by O’Brien allowed Johnson and Danny Murphy to set up Simon Davies and Diomansy Kamara added a late third.

Arsenal 4-0 Blackburn Rovers arsenal

Andrey Arshavin netted a brace as Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Arshavin opened his Arsenal account as an attacking masterclass saw the Gunners to a handsome victory over Blackburn in their Barclays Premier League match. Theo Walcott, restored to the starting XI following a cameo against Roma in midweek, was in electric form all afternoon but the headlines will go to the £15m Russian and substitute Emmanuel Eboue, who scored twice at the end. Arshavin netted a fine individual effort after 65 minutes and may yet be credited with a second after his heavily deflected shot gave Arsenal the opener after just 80 seconds, while Eboue benefited from a tap-in and a penalty.

Middlesbrough 1-1 Portsmouth portsmouth

Middlesbrough snatched a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to claim a share of the points. Striker Marlon King rescued a point for Boro five minutes into time added on with a strike from inside the penalty area. Peter Crouch’s volley gave Portsmouth a deserved lead to take the wind out of Middlesbrough’s sails at a blustery Riverside Stadium. The England striker was on target in the 30th minute after David Nugent had earlier hit the post.

Sunderland 1-2 Wigan Athletic sunderland

Wigan Athletic ended their wait for a Barclays Premier League victory at the ninth attempt. Midfielder Charles N’Zogbia got the winner and his first goal for Wigan with a fine solo run in first-half injury time to see off Sunderland. Ben Watson’s goal had given the visitors a 12th-minute lead with his opening strike for the club, and although Grant Leadbitter levelled four minutes before the break, Wigan were good value for their win.

Hull City 1-1 Newcastle United hull

Steven Taylor grabbed what could prove a crucial equaliser for Newcastle United at Hull City. The Magpies remain in deep trouble at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League but their plight could have been worse had Taylor not replied to Geovanni’s opener. Hull City dominated the first half of a lively encounter at the KC Stadium and took the lead through the inspirational Geovanni after nine minutes. But Taylor levelled seven minutes before the break.

Everton 3-1 Stoke City stoke

Everton increased Stoke City’s relegation fears with a hard-fought victory at Goodison Park. Jo put the Merseysiders in front after 18 minutes and Joleon Lescott doubled the advantage six minutes later. Ryan Shwcross pulled one back for the visitors after 52 minutes but Marouane Fellaini sealed the victory in the final minute.

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool liverpool

Liverpool came from behind at Old Trafford to re-ignite the Barclays Premier League title race with a stunning victory. Cristiano Ronaldo put  Manchester United in front from the penalty spot after Pepe Reina had brought down Park Ji-Sung on 23 minutes. Fernando Torres bustled past Nemanja Vidic to level five minutes later and Steven Gerrard put the Merseysiders in front from the spot a minute before the break after he had been fouled by Patrice Evra. Vidic was shown a straight red for a foul on Gerrard on 73 minutes and further punishment was inflicted as Fabio Aurelio curled home the free-kick. Andrea Dossena lobbed Edwin van der Sar in the final minute to complete a magnificent victory and cut the lead on the champions to just four points.

~ by awbroady on March 15, 2009.

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