Winners and Losers from the weekend: Goals galore and more mistakes in the Premier League
Our round-up of the best and worst of the weekend’s sporting action
There were plenty of talking points as the Premier League dominated an exciting weekend of sport.
Goals, red cards, mistakes and VAR incidents all played their part, while Bryson DeChambeau also grabbed the headlines as he won the US Open.
Having digested all the thrills, we’ve taken a look at the weekend’s winners and losers in the world of sport.
Premier League fans
Never has the phrase ‘great game for the neutral’ been more appropriate. This weekend saw defending go out of the window as Premier League attackers worked overtime to bring us one of the most exciting weekends of football in the league’s history.
The eight matches that took place produced 39 goals and with two games left to play, another four goals will equal the record of the most in a round of 10 matches.
Everton set the standard as they triumphed 5-2 winners over West Brom before Leeds edged Fulham 4-3 immediately afterwards. And the fun continued a day later as a Heung-min Son and Harry Kane masterclass saw Tottenham beat Southampton 5-2 before Leicester won 4-2 against Burnley.
Goals are never too far away with Wolves and Manchester City so Premier League fans could be set for another pair of goalfests tonight, with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United in the other fixture.
The US Open took place this weekend at Winged Foot in New York, famously one of the most difficult courses in the world.
So it came as something of a welcome surprise when big hitter Bryson DeChambeau showed composure and finesse to win the competition for the first time.
The 27-year-old stormed to victory in the final round to finish three-under 67 to win on six under par. DeChambeau’s six strokes was the biggest margin of victory in the tournament since Martin Kaymer’s win in 2014.
As Manchester United suffered defeat to Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener, the post-match talk seemed to revolve around VAR, refereeing decisions and poor defending from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Yet Palace’s incredible victory – their second in succession at Old Trafford – appears to have been swept under the carpet. The Eagles remain unbeaten in Manchester since September 2017 and their latest scalp was influenced by their talisman and captain for the day, who bagged a brace and tormented United’s back four.
It’s easy to label Zaha a ‘flop’ following his unsuccessful spell at United but the Ivorian has continuously been linked with a move to a top club for a reason – he’s an exceptional footballer.
A difficult campaign last year in terms of stats has already been forgotten – Zaha has bagged three times in the opening two games and unless one of his suitors swoops in and matches Palace’s valuation, Roy Hodgson’s side could be dark horses this season.
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has attracted plenty of criticism since joining Chelsea two years ago. Some of the negativity towards his performances has been more justified than others but there will be few rushing to his defence after yesterday’s defeat to Liverpool.
The Blues were forced to play the second half with 10 men after Andreas Christensen was sent off for bringing down Sadio Mane. And the winger made them pay as he scored twice in four minutes.
The second of his goals was handed to him on a plate by Kepa. The Spaniard was unconvincing as he tried to play a short pass out to Jorginho. The ball was intercepted by a grateful Mane, who rolled it into an empty net to seal Liverpool’s second win in as many games.
Everton have improved remarkably under Carlo Ancelotti and they were impressive on Saturday as they scored five times to sink West Brom. But the result could have been so different had former Arsenal defender Gibbs kept his cool.
With the Toffees leading 2-1 and half-time just seconds away, the left-back was given his marching orders after pushing goalscorer James Rodriguez in the face. The incident led to Slaven Bilic also sent off after remonstrating with referee Mike Dean.
West Brom found a way back into the game through Matheus Pereira’s free-kick before Everton stepped up a gear in the second half. Ancelotti’s side were in control for the rest of the contest thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hat-trick but West Brom will be wondering what could have been if the playing fields had remained level.
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