Premier League Scores Week 9: Top Results from Saturday's Action
None of Saturday's Premier League results will shock anyone, but the ride there is well worth rehashing.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal all attained expected victories to keep them floating high in the EPL standings, but the predictable outcomes were delivered through some unforeseen processes.
Everton nearly surrendered an early league, Arsenal had to hang on while playing short-handed and Liverpool received a magnificent performance from their star to seize the headlines.
Featuring some impressive squads and magnificent stars on display, Saturday's slate lived up the billing. Here's a look at how some of the day's notable matches unfolded.
|Arsenal 2||Crystal Palace 0|
|Everton 2||Aston Villa 0|
|Liverpool 4||West Brom 1|
|Manchester City 3||Stoke City 2|
|Norwich 0||Cardiff 0|
|Southampton 2||Fulham 0|
Tim Howard Keeps Aston Villa off Scoreboard for Everton
Just eight minutes into the match, Christian Benteke was gifted an alluring opportunity to convert an early penalty into a quick lead for Aston Villa.
Tim Howard, brandishing a ferocious beard but even deadlier goal-preventing prowess, swatted away the shot with his left hand to keep the match even at zero.
SAVED Tim Howard pulls off a stunning stop to keep out Benteke's penalty. Aston Villa 0-0 Everton (8 mins) #AVLEVE— Premier League (@premierleague) October 26, 2013
The contest stayed scoreless until the 68th minute, when Romelu Lukaku ended the stalemate with a goal assisted by Leon Osman, who added an insurance score later in the afternoon to up Everton's advantage to 2-0. Howard and Co. preserved that 2-0 shutout until the final horn.
For the moment, Everton jumps to third in the Premier League's table after securing their fifth victory of the season. Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham, however, could pass them by gaining three points of their own on Sunday.
Arsenal Survives Questionable Red Card in Win over Crystal Palace
Mikel Arteta led Arsenal to gain an early edge over Crystal Palace, but he was booted before getting the chance to seal the deal for the Gunners.
Arteta, who had scored the match's sole goal at the time, was handed a red card after chasing Marouane Chamakh down to the ground. But a closer look at 101greatgoals.com reveals that Chamakh shoved Arteta before incidentally tripping over Arteta's leg.
Perhaps referee Chris Foy wanted to maintain some suspense before Arsenal could pull away with a decisive victory to maintain sole possession of first place. With only 10 men at their disposal to close the match, the undermanned Gunners had to hold onto a marginal lead for dear life.
With a little help from an Olivier Giroud header, Arsenal not only maintained their advantage but expanded it before closing the match with a 2-0 victory. Arsenal remains in first place with 22 points and a plus-11 goal differential.
Luis Suarez Registers Hat-Trick for Liverpool
Despite getting a late start, Luis Suarez is tearing the Premier League apart this season. The carnage continued against West Brom, who surrendered a trio of goals to the Uruguayan star.
The 26-year-old sensation kicked off the festivities early by guiding the ball to the net's right corner. The team's Twitter page provided a beautiful shot of Suarez about to hit the net.
PHOTO: A brilliant shot from behind the goal of Luis Suarez's first strike against West Brom... pic.twitter.com/z6nKWizyHa— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 26, 2013
He struck mere minutes later on a header to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead. Not done using his noggin, Suarez solidified the hat-trick with another header during the second half.
Luis Suarez completes his hat trick with a header in 55th minute. Liverpool leads West Brom, 3-0.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 26, 2013
After watching his team lead for goals dwindle away, Daniel Sturridge offset some of the discrepancy by adding a score of his own late in the match, boosting his season total to eight. While Liverpool did not conserve a clean slate, they did acquire a 4-1 victory to keep them close on Arsenal's tail in second place.
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