Saturday, December 10, 2022



Thanks, Boxing Day! – Premier League



The first round of Boxing Day matches has ended and PlayOn99 News tells you everything that happened on this historic day of the Premier League. No game disappointed and the average of goals seems to end high as in 1963.

Manchester City 6 – 3 Leicester

Boxing day the Historic day in premier league, The Citizens thrashed the Foxies at the Etihad Stadium with a first half where they displayed the best football of the season and went into halftime with a 4-goal advantage: Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling scored in that First half. 

Beyond how the goals were, Manchester City football was simply spectacular. An old-fashioned stationary team: with an inverted pyramid that parks 5 forwards at the edge of the area. Pep Guardiola did it again and found a way to explain to us that playing without a center-forward can be a scoring virtue.

Leicester went from lowest to highest. After a first half where he was erased from the playing field, the team came out with another face. James Maddison took over the game and was instrumental in setting the first goal. He had the explosion and the ability to define within the area at his feet.

The team began to plan a game of rapid transitions and Maddison was once again key to start the counterattack. Ademola Lookman found the ball inside the area and defined for the goal. At game time James Maddison reappeared to try to do the same as in his goal against Liverpool during the week. The midfielder fired from outside the area, Ederson got to deflect the shot and Kelechi Iheanacho appeared to push the rebound. Leicester went 3-4 within minutes of the second half.

Manchester City did not despair and did not give up putting their centrals past the middle of the field. The dominance of the ball continued to be that of Guardiola’s team and they found the fifth goal thanks to a header from Aymeric Laporte from a corner. At the end, Sterling signed his double when he found a rebound inside the small area.

Norwich 0 – 5 Arsenal

The Gunners overwhelmed Norwich on the road and posted a five-goal beating. Bukayo Saka scored the first and Kieran Tierney the second, but the special mention goes to Martin Odegaard: the Norwegian provided two phenomenal assists and became the key to unlock each play.

After the second half, Mikel Arteta’s team continued to take center stage with the ball and Saka scored his double. Alexandre Lacazette stretched the win with the fourth goal of the game and, at the end, Emile Smith Rowe – who always enters and converts – closed the beating with his personal goal.

Arsenal are going through a great and unexpected moment. After a season where they were harshly bullied, the team seems to have a clear run, players responding to the coach and stellar youth appearances. The flashes were far away due to the controversial exclusion of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tottenham 3 – 0 Crystal Palace

The Spurs got an easy victory against a weak and calm rival. In two minutes, they managed to close the match: Harry Kane returned to goal with an assist from Lucas Moura and Moura himself headed in with an assist from Emerson Royal. 2-0 for Tottenham in half an hour of play and 5 minutes later Wilfried Zaha was sent off. Unfair decision of the referee who judged with great severity a little dramatic reaction against an opponent.

Antonio Conte’s team was the owner of the match calmly and Crystal Palace seemed to have disappeared from the field. At the end, Heung-Min Son scored for the second consecutive game with another assist from the Brazilian Moura.

Tottenham reached 29 points with 3 games less and placed fifth. Just 6 units from Arsenal, the last in the Champions League area.

West Ham 2 – 3 Southampton

The Saints took three gold points in their visit to London when it seemed that the ghosts of comebacks were reappearing. Southampton, one of the more irregular teams, began winning thanks to a goal from Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Michael Antonio, recently recovered and the club’s all-time top scorer, scored the equalizer just as the second half began. James Ward-Prowse made it 2-1 for Southampton after Armando Broja’s penalty, but four minutes later Said Benrahma appeared to level the match again.

Southampton seemed to suffer again from a lack of confidence at heart and the game was getting out of hand. Until Jan Bednarek appeared to sign the final 3-2 on the road with a spectacular assist from the captain and team leader, Ward-Prowse.



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