English football teams took to the field to play matchday 20 of this Premier League. With Leeds-Liverpool and Arsenal-Wolves suspended, there were three games in the first round.
Crystal Palace 3 – 0 Norwich
Crystal Palace beat Norwich city. English football teams took to the field to play matchday 20 of this Premier League. The Eagles dispatched the bottom of the table with a comfortable 3-0 that could have been bulkier. The London team did not have their star, Wilfried Zaha, but relied on Odsonne Édouard to generate the attacks, but the win was also due to the errors of Norwich City.
Will Hughes received the ball in the area and, with his back to the goal, received the silly foul from Kenny McLean. Penalty for Crystal Palace and goal from Édouard.
Édouard himself received a long, low ball from Cheikhou Kouyaté, reached the bottom and assisted Jean-Philippe Mateta for the second goal of the match. The one yielded by Mainz had almost no minutes on the pitch and scored his first goal with the blue and red jersey.
There is more: Édouard was in his day, received in the area and eluded three players. The play got dirty and the rebound was short for Jeffrey Schlupp to burst the arc violently and score the final 3-0. Everything in the first half.
Norwich did little to reverse the result and their attempts collided with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The Canaries are last and it seems increasingly difficult to reverse the possibility of relegation. They close the year having lost the 5 games in December. They conceded 14 goals and didn’t score even one. Dark panorama.
Crystal Palace bounced back from the loss to Tottenham and dreams of European places. It will be difficult, but not impossible.
Southampton 1 – 1 Tottenham
Santos and Spurs equalized by one during a very rough and dangerous encounter. The scoreboard lies, these teams constantly counterattacked and sought -in different ways- the rival goal.
Southampton took the lead first with a great goal from their captain. James Ward-Prowse found the ball stinging in the box and hit the far post with spin. He volleys with the outside of the booty. A delight
Tottenham looked for quick transitions and, on a long ball from Harry Winks, Heung-Min Son found the space and faced the area. As the South Korean headed for goal, Mohammed Salisu made the childish mistake of crossing his leg and committing the most obvious penalty. Second yellow, expulsion and penalty shot for Tottenham. Harry Kane took over the penalty and converted the tie.
The Spurs stopped the midfield team forward and tried to turn the score around anyway. Soton closed behind with one less player and I hope he passes the second half as quickly as possible. Ben Foster was the great figure of the local team. Every mid-distance shot, center to the forwards or penalty shot, the goalkeeper showed off and avoided the goal.
Antonio Conte‘s team was clearly superior, but abused the centers and showed that they still need to compete among the top four in the Premier League. The Italian coach closed his first 7 meetings with Tottenham undefeated and became the first to do so. The Saints prayed for the game to end in a draw and got a point that in the future could be worth gold.
Watford 1 – 4 West Ham
The Hammers swept the worst team in the Premier League with a great away win. Watford is not last, but he has the worst present since the game and the only thing he could achieve is to fight not to be relegated.
In any case, it was the local who came out more awake to the game and took the lead after 4 minutes. Emmanuel Dennis took the ball to the edge of the area and embarrassed Issa Diop and Craig Dawson, totally scattered on the ground. The Nigerian forward found clearance and fired at the corner to make it 1-0.
West Ham was known superior and found to turn the marker in only two minutes. First with the intelligence of his figure, Jarred Bowen, who filtered a pass between four players and enabled Tomas Soucek for the equalizer. Then with good pressure from Manuel Lanzini to recover and yield to Michael Antonio. The Jamaican reached the bottom, dropped the pager and found Said Benrahma.
The third goal was a penalty and was converted by the historic Mark Noble, but what happened was a series of horrors on the part of Watford. Adam Masina had to fight off a West Ham pitch, but he ducked and let it pass. Antonio ran the ball, arrived and crossed. Juraj Kucka wanted to lower his chest for his goalkeeper and Daniel Bachmann launched himself at the ball without taking into account that Bowen’s leg was there. Criminal worthy of comedy.
At the end, Bowen himself -figure of the match- drew a slalom inside the area and gave the ball to the middle so that Nikola Vlasic, just entered, converts the final 4-1 for West Ham.