This Sunday really was super in the Premier League, with the limelight being shone in good ways, but also in bad ways. The main match which grabbed all the headlines was Liverpool vs Chelsea, but the headlines were for the wrong reasons. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez pulled off the most bizarre action of the weekend as he bit the arm of Chelsea centre back Branislav Ivanović. Suarez is known world-wide for a similar action as a player for AFC Ajax, when he bit the neck of an opposing player during a confrontation. This might be the end of the Liverpool road for Luis Suarez, as this isn’t the first time he has caused the Premier League club grief after racially abusing Patrice Evra last season.
Chelsea travelled to Anfield and their current manager, Rafael Benitez, was warmly greeted by the home fans of the team he led to Champions League glory 8 years ago. Right from the kick-off up until half-time, Chelsea were dominant after they took a 1-0 lead through an Oscar header, who lost his marker and skilfully nodded the ball into the top right corner of the net. Brendan Rodgers showed his managerial quality as he bought on Sturridge for the second half who changed the game for the reds.
A perfect 3 person passing move saw Suarez assist Sturridge to level up the scoring only to see Chelsea regain the lead following a Suarez handball in the box. Eden Hazard buried the penalty sending Pepe Reina the wrong way which then resulted in obvious frustration among the Liverpool players, especially Suarez. The Uruguayan lost his temper and attempted to take a chunk out of Ivanovic’s arm but considering the referee did not see it, he stayed on the pitch. Six minutes added time had passed and as the clock ran 45 seconds over the additional time, in his typical fashion Suarez had the final say heading home an equaliser. Suarez snatched 3 points from Chelsea’s grasp despite the fact that he should have been sent off for biting a fellow professional earlier on in the match.
Today is judgement day for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men as they play relegation candidates Aston Villa in a match where if won, the Red Devils would be crowned the Premier League Champions. United have Tottenham Hotspur to thank after they somehow defeated Man City in a thrilling game. The Sky Blues took a 1-0 lead after 4 minutes and dominated the first 70 minutes, but after 3 vital substitutes from Andre Villa-Boas, Spurs scored 3 goals in just under 7 minutes to give Man United the chance to regain their title from their bitter rivals.
Premier League results for this weekend:
Fulham 0-1 Arsenal
Norwich 2-1 Reading
QPR 0-2 Stoke
Sunderland 1-0 Everton
Swansea 0-0 Southampton
West Brom 1-1 Newcastle
West Ham 2-0 Wigan
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea
Tottenham 3-1 Man City
Author Daniel Foster.
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