Boxing Day? Extra like BoxGing Day, amirite lads?
A few defenders may need overindulged on the festive treats as we have been handled to a string of high-scoring video games on Sunday – even when we did lose three matches to Covid-19 outbreaks.
The 4 3pm kick-offs that remained gifted us 22 objectives in whole, earlier than Aston Villa vs Chelsea offered 4 extra. The curtain got here down with Brighton vs Brentford at 8pm, which resulted in a relatively dry 2-0 win for the house facet.
Right here is how all the motion performed out…
Manchester Metropolis got here out on the precise facet of a nine-goal thriller, beating Leicester Metropolis 6-3 to keep up their cushion on the high of the Premier League desk.
The Cityzens have been completely ruthless from the outset, racing right into a four-goal lead courtesy of strikes from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling. The injury-plagued Foxes rallied properly after this although, extremely making it 4-3 with three objectives in simply 10 second-half minutes.
Nonetheless, they might not full the comeback with Aymeric Laporte and Sterling scoring earlier than the tip to cap off a memorable afternoon.
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Arsenal continued their spectacular latest type, romping to a 5-0 victory over lowly Norwich Metropolis at Carrow Street.
Bukayo Saka put his facet in entrance early on and it was plain crusing for the Gunners from there with Martin Odegaard significantly impressing.
KIeran Tierney double the away facet’s benefit simply earlier than the break and Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe all netted within the second half to seal a formidable three factors.
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Tottenham’s resurgence beneath new supervisor Antonio Conte continued, as they picked up a snug 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The Eagles had tried to have the fixture postponed on account of a coronavirus outbreak of their ranks. Nonetheless, the sport went forward and Spurs secured three factors because of objectives from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min.
Quickfire strikes from Kane and Lucas acquired the hosts going within the first half and the dismissal of Wilfried Zaha for a silly second reserving in spite of everything however secured the victory. Son then made it 3-0 16 minutes from time.
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Southampton edged out West Ham 3-2 in one other entertaining festive recreation on Boxing Day.
Saints went in entrance inside 10 minutes courtesy of Mohamed Elyounoussi – the one actual second of notice within the first half. Issues livened up after the break with Michail Antonio levelling the match up, earlier than James Ward-Prowse restored the guests’ benefit from the spot after Armando Broja was hauled down within the field.
Minutes later Mentioned Benrahma completed to make it 2-2 however Saints had the final giggle when Jan Bednarek nodded residence the winner.
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The introduction of Romelu Lukaku at half time impressed Chelsea to a comeback victory towards Aston Villa.
Villa had taken the lead in unusual circumstances when Reece James diverted a cross previous his personal goalkeeper. Nonetheless, the Blues levelled issues up from the spot by Jorginho, after Callum Hudson-Odoi was clumsily fouled within the field by Matty Money.
With the scores stage at half-time, Chelsea launched Lukaku and he quickly nodded his facet forward earlier than profitable a second penalty which allowed Jorginho to place the sport past all doubt.
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Brighton moved into the highest half of the Premier League desk with a reasonably snug 2-0 win over Brentford within the ultimate recreation of Boxing Day’s providing.
Two spectacular first-half strikes from Leandro Trossard and Neal Maupay proved the distinction between the 2 sides with the previous placing the Seagulls forward with a luxurious lob within the thirty fourth minutes.
Maupay doubled Brighton’s lead with a fierce effort from outdoors the field simply earlier than the break and regardless of some second-half strain Brentford couldn’t hit again.
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