Friday, April 23, 2021

Midweek Results

Spurs overcame a sluggish first half performance to deliver a comeback 2-1 over Southampton  in their first match of the post-Mourinho era. Ryan Mason, making his managerial review, awarded a rare start to Gareth Bale and saw the Welshman tie the game after Southampton had taken a first half lead on a goal by Danny Ings. Bale’s sixth goal of the season came in just his seventh league start. Son Heung-min then dramatically clinched the win with a 90th minute penalty. The victory by Spurs keeps them in the thick of the European qualification race, particularly given the dropped points by West Ham, Chelsea, and Liverpool this past week.


Leicester similarly improved its top four prospects with a dominating 3-1 defeat of West Brom. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring with his first tally in more than two months. Jonny Evans headed in Leicester’s second goal before the electrifying Kelechi Iheanacho scored for an eight time in his last six appearances. The Foxes moved four points ahead of West Ham and Chelsea with the victory.  West Brom came out flat for a match they had to have as their two-match win streak ended in dismal fashion. 

An Aston Villa goal by John McGinn in the first minute of play went for naught as Villa fell 2-1 to league leader Manchester City.  Phil Foden and Rodrigo scored to give City the lead by halftime.  City’s John Stones was then red carded late in the first half and Villa’s Matty Cash was red carded in the 57th minute. Villa offered little in attack over the balance of the match and City were content to maintain possession and the lead.

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