We might have only just had a full tilt of Premier League games on Wednesday but it is still the weekend and that means the last soccer games of 2018.
Liverpool fans are the happiest going into 2019 as they sit pretty in first place, a whopping 9 points clear of second place Tottenham Hotspur. Thanks to a hat-trick from Bobby Firminho in their 5-1 annihilation of Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. Despite the Gunners taking a 11th minute lead through youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s first career Premier League goal, their defense just couldn’t handle their opponents attack. The home side responded immediately through Firminho in the 14th minute and then again in the 16th. His second goal was a real beauty, dribbling through a number of Arsenal plays before tucking the ball calmly past Benrd Leno.
England World Cup Hero Harry Kane scored a scorcher from the outside of the box, curling the ball past the opposition goalie. Sadly for Kane though his side squandered their lead, conceding 3 goals in the final 18 minutes to an impressive Wolves side at Wembley. Spurs fans must be thinking “here we go again” as their team shoot themselves in the foot when the result matters most and they are unable to hang with the big guns.
At the bottom of the league there were equally important wins for Brighton at home to Everton and Fulham in the proverbial 6 pointer against fellow strugglers Huddersfield. It took a stoppage time finish from Aleksander Mitrovic to win the game for Claudio Ranieri’s men. Cardiff City also picked up a valuable win thanks to a late goal, a sublime 92nd minute strike from on loan Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa against Leicester City at The King Power Stadium. From the touch with his studs to get the ball in front of him to the sublime top corner finish that gave Kasper Schmeichel no chance, the goal just screamed class.
Sunday saw wins for both Manchester sides, United’s third in a row under interim boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer was a 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth. City cut Liverpool’s lead to 7 with a 3-1 win away at Southampton thanks to 3 first half goals. Pep Guardiola thinks Liverpool are “the best team in Europe at the moment” and I agree with him. Don’t you?
Brighton 1 – 0 Everton
Fulham 1 – 0 Huddersfield
Leicester 0 – 1 Cardiff
Tottenham 1 – 3 Wolves
Watford 1 – 1 Newcastle
Liverpool 5 -1 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Chelsea
Burnley 2 – 0 West Ham
Southampton 1 – 3 Man City
Man Utd 4 – 1 Bournemouth
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