Premier League wrap: Chelsea hammer Stoke to go 2nd in league, Mohamed Salah rescues Liverpool

first_imgEden Hazard’s absence was not felt as Willian ran the show for the current Premier League champions Chelsea in their 5-0 hammering of Stoke City on Saturday.With the win and Manchester United’s loss later in the night, Chelsea are now second in the league. The Londoners now have 45 points from 21 games, one more than third-placed United, who have played the same number of games. However, Chelsea are 13 points behind runaway leaders City, who are currently on 56 from 20 games. They will have the chance to extend the lead by 16 points from when they travel to Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve.ALSO WATCHThe Blues dominated from the very beginning despite being without their star player Hazard, who was rested ahead of next week’s away clash against Arsenal. Antonio Rudiger heading home Willian’s free kick in the third minute to give his team an early lead. Danny Drinkwater further dampened Stoke’s spirits six minutes later as he rifled a half-volley home from nearly 25 metres to score his first-ever goal for the club. Willian then set up Pedro for the third in the 23rd minute.The Brazilian capped a superb display by slotting home the fourth from the penalty spot near the end after being fouled by Geoff Cameron, with Davide Zappacosta slamming home a fifth goal late on to complete a hefty rout.LIVERPOOL 2 – 1 LEICESTERGOAL! Another cool and composed finish by @22mosalah who slots the ball away into the bottom corner.[2-1] pic.twitter.com/xp9aCbVhWa- Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2017Two second half goals from Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.advertisementThe visitors got off to the perfect start when a mix up at the back saw Riyad Mahrez square for Jamie Vardy to tap into an open goal in front of the Kop in the third minute. Liverpool looked for an immediate riposte, but Salah missed two gilt-edged opportunities before Sadio Mane saw an effort disallowed for offside as Juergen Klopp’s men grew frustrated.Salah’s persistence paid off just after the restart when he fired in from close range to level and struck his second, and 17th in the Premier League this season, in the 76th after shrugging off Harry Maguire and producing a composed finish. BOURNEMOUTH 2 – 1 EVERTON�??? That winning feeling! �???#afcb �?�? pic.twitter.com/yL40ibVIXq- AFC Bournemouth �?�? (@afcbournemouth) December 30, 2017Sam Allardyce tasted defeat for the first time as Everton manager in a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.Ryan Fraser deservedly gave Bournemouth the lead when he steered a volley into the net after being picked out by Josh King in the 33rd minute.Everton struggled to get going in the second half but a substitution by Allardyce immediately paid dividends as Oumar Niasse stepped off the bench to set up Idrissa Gueye for the equaliser in the 57th minute, with Everton’s first shot on target.Bournemouth remained on the front foot and earned victory thanks to Fraser’s 89th-minute winner, with the aid of a deflection, as Bournemouth climbed out of the relegation zone and up to 13th, while Everton remain in ninth despite the defeat.WATFORD 1 – 2 SWANSEAAn unbelievable turnaround. 3️�?� points in the bag! �??��??� GALLERY �?�️ https://t.co/ehy4hEOM3D pic.twitter.com/nbWp7i3pGR- Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 30, 2017Swansea City’s new coach Carlos Carvalhal celebrated a memorable debut after his team scored two late goals in a thrilling 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday to move off the foot of the table.Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh struck in the closing stages to cancel out Andre Carrillo’s opener for the home side, who dominated the match but were punished after substitute Andre Gray missed a sitter. HUDDERSFIELD 0 – 0 BURNLEY�?�️ REPORT: #htafc shared the spoils with @BurnleyOfficial in a goalless draw in its final game of 2017 at the @johnsmithstadia.�??? https://t.co/bcf6rgTZQ1 (CL) pic.twitter.com/5QHiizunFK- Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 30, 2017Seventh-placed Burnley were left frustrated, after failing to convert their chances and having a strong penalty appeal turned down, in a goalless draw at Huddersfield Town on SaturdayHuddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl admitted that he had made contact with Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick in the 61st minute as the Irishman rounded him inside the area before going to ground.part from an early effort when Huddersfield midfielder Collin Quaner tested Burnley keeper Nick Pope, the visitors had the better chances.Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Steven Defour both went close for the Clarets while Hendrick had the ball in the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.advertisementScott Arfield should have done better for Burnley in the 53rd minute and Lossl saved well near the end to foil Burnley substitute Nahki Wells, playing against his former club.(With inputs from Reuters)Happy with where your team is heading into 2018?#PL pic.twitter.com/NVDPMvHM44- Premier League (@premierleague) December 30, 2017last_img

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