Premier League round-up: Anarchy at Anfield as Spurs shock City
Luis Suarez’s shaky reputation in the Premier League took yet another sour turn, after the striker appeared to bite the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Drama was also apparent at White Hart Lane, as Spurs scored three goals in six minutes to secure a vital victory against Manchester City.
In what was a pulsating affair at Anfield, the actions of Luis Suarez once again brought the reputation of Liverpool Football Club into disrepute. With the game at 2-1 in Chelsea’s favour, a seemingly harmless tussle between Suarez and Ivanovic ended in the Uruguayan attempting to take a chunk out of the arm of the Serbian.
Despite the unsavoury scenes, the game as a whole was entertaining and both sides played good football. Chelsea took the lead on the 26th minute when Oscar was able to head in from a set-piece.
Liverpool tried valiantly to get back into the game, with their reward coming in the 52nd minute. Chelsea old boy Daniel Sturridge showed great technique in guiding a pin point chip from Luis Suarez past a static Petr Cech.
The parity was restored for little less than five minutes, as controversial striker Luis Suarez foolishly handled in the area to gift Chelsea a penalty. Eden Hazard stepped up and stroked the ball home with ultimate nerve and confidence.
Liverpool pushed for an equaliser –and following Suarez’s inexcusable actions – it was the former Ajax man who headed home in the 97th minute to rub salt into the wounds of Chelsea.
Earlier on in the day, Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of making the Champions League took a major boost, following a spirited comeback against Manchester City.
City, whose title bid is virtually over, took the lead early on through Samir Nasri. And for 70 minutes the Citizens were in complete control of the game.
What was to follow, was a crazy seven minutes. Clint Dempsey equalised in the 75th minute, as Vincent Kompany’s error let the American tap home with ease.
Spurs were now in the ascendency. Jermaine Defoe soon had Spurs in front with a superb effort from the edge of the box. The game was wrapped up in sublime fashion, with Gareth Bale dinking the ball over the advancing Joe Hart to all but gift Manchester United the title.
Thomas Bradley, football correspondent
Norwich 2 – 1 Reading
Swansea 0 – 0 Southampton
Fulham 0 -1 Arsenal
Sunderland 1 – 0 Everton
WBA 1 – 1 Newcastle
QPR 0 – 2 Stoke
West Ham 2 – 0 Wigan