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Premier League Matchweek 31: 4 of the best highlights

It has been a dramatic and emotional matchweek! Liverpool has won their first Premier League title, and the rest is history… We present four biggest highlights from this historic week of competitive English top-flight football. 

Anthony Martial smiles like never before!

Unbeaten in 12 matches Manchester United made it 13 this week as they won impressively 3-0 with Sheffield United. The stakes of the game were very high with Red Devils sitting only two points above the rivals before the kick-off.

Unfortunately for Sheffield United. John Egan (red card) and Dean Henderson (illegible to play against Man Utd) have been left out of the squad. Both players have a tremendous value to The Blades’ defence and their absence had a big impact on the team’s performance.

Manchester United fans had plenty of reasons to get excited before this clash. One of them is Fernandes-Pogba link-up the football world have been very much looking forward to. The duo has been amazing in the match and has created many fantastic opportunities for their fellow teammates.

The highlight of this thrilling clash was Anthony Martial’s stunning performance. The Frenchman scored all three goals in 74 minutes. It has been his very first Premier League treble for Red Devils since joining in 2015/16 season. The last United player to achieve that was Robin van Persie against Aston Villa in 2013.

Spurs seal a win in London derby

It has been a second derby match since Premier League return. Spurs haven’t shared their points with the opposite team this time out by securing a very much needed three points. Tottenham moved to 7th leaving Sheffield behind in 8th whilst West Ham got closer to the relegation zone with only 2 goal difference from the 18th Bournemouth.

The first half has ended goalless, and it was the second in which the game score has changed to 1-0. It was Tomáš Souček who unfortunately scored an own goal in 64th minute. The score changed yet again in 82nd minute. This time Harry Kane was the one hitting the net after a wonderful counterattack started by Heung Min-Son. The Hammers also had their chances, but it was Spurs who utilised them more effectively. The North London club are now on 45 points in the Premier League table.

Arsenal turning tables

Arsenal’s series of unfortunate events have ended as the team secured a first win since the Premier League return. The tables seemed to turn this time out as it was the opposite team that received the red card giving The Gunners more confidence on the pitch. Following last week’s injury of Bernd Leno, it was Emiliano Martinez standing in goal. The Argentinian was in question before the kick-off, but it was him that saved The Gunners from conceding goals.

Mikel Arteta hasn’t changed his mindset as yet again started with young blood in the squad. Funnily enough, it was 21 years old Edward Nketiah that scored the first goal in 20th minute after a horrendous mistake from Alex McCarthy. Nothing seemed to change in the game until Jack Stephens got sent off for fouling Aubameyang in 85th minute. One minute later it was Joe Willock, who changed the score after another terrible mistake from the Southampton’s goalie. Arsenal had lost their opening two games since the return of Premier League action.

Liverpool’s very first Premier League title

It has been an emotional game week full of drama, joy and thrill. English top-flight football has been slowly moving towards the end, but the fans didn’t need to wait that long to see this year’s Premier League champions. Liverpool’s 4-0 win with Crystal Palace and Man City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea has resulted tremendously on The Reds winning the league 6 weeks before the end of the season. Following Jamie Carragher words, the red side of Liverpool surely got “rotten” with no strings attached as they had a lot to celebrate for on Thursday night.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

After a “Salahless” Merseyside derby which ended up as a goalless draw, the Jurgen Klopp’s side played with the Egyptian in front this time out. However, it was young Trent Alexander-Arnold who beat the opposition’s keeper first after a brilliantly executed free-kick in 23rd minute. The team was predominating the match all the time which translated into another goal this time scored by Mohamed Salah after a marvellous assist from Fabinho in 44th minute.

Nothing changed in the second half as The Reds have been continuously storming Wayne Hennessey in goal. It was the Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, this time out, that has stunned everyone with an absolute screamer from 30 yards making it 3-0 in 55th minute. 14 minutes later Sadio Mané was the one to score the last and final goal of the game.

The match, besides fantastic actions and goals, consisted also of an interesting substitution made in 74th minute of the game. 19 years old Neco Williams changed Trent Alexander-Arnold in his Premier League debut appearance. The young star got praised a lot for his short but eye-catching performance.

Chelsea vs Man City

After an easy 4-0 Liverpool win, it has all come down to this one match in which this season’s Premier League championship could have been early decided. In order for that to happen, Chelsea needed to win or at least draw with Man City.

Underdog Chelsea has been playing very effective football making no colossal mistakes that could cost them a goal in the first half. One of the night’s brightest stars Christian Pulisic has beat Ederson in goal after a stunning solo run and finish in 35th minute. The American has been the only scorer of the first half.

Trent wasn’t the only player this matchweek with a free-kick goal as Kevin De Bruyne scored a beautiful set piece in 55th minute making it 1-1. Things got much more heated from that point out. The drama reached its peak when Fernandinho got sent off the pitch in the 77th minute after a handball foul in the penalty area giving Chelsea an opportunity to make it 2-1. It was Willian this time out that made Chelsea take the lead after a successively utilised penalty. The advantage of 11 against 10 men was noticeable until the final whistle with Lampard’s side sealing a win in this one.

It has been 30 years since Liverpool’s red side celebrated their Premier league win with Sir Kenny Dalglish in charge. However, Jurgen Klopp achieved something no other Liverpool manager achieved before. The Reds earned their way up and thanks to their hard work they went down in the history of Premier League. 25th June 2020 will be an eternally remembered date for every Liverpool fan out there.

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Okan is currently working on his bachelor degree from Business&Marketing in Football. Okan is a huge sports enthusiast and fan of both Galatasaray and Manchester United.

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