EPL Boxing Day: Liverpool beat Swansea, Manchester United draw to Burnley
Manchester United got here from two objectives all the way down to rescue a dramatic 2-2 draw in opposition to Burnley because of Jesse Lingard`s double, whereas Tottenham striker Harry Kane shattered a Premier League file with a hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Southampton on Tuesday.
With Manchester Metropolis not in motion till Wednesday`s journey to Newcastle, United at the moment are 12 factors behind the runaway leaders.
Ashley Barnes gave Burnley the right begin within the third minute when he poked dwelling from Johann Berg Gudmundsson`s free-kick.
Burnley hadn`t gained at Previous Trafford since 1962, 4 months earlier than United coach Jose Mourinho was born, however they scored once more within the 36th minute.
Belgian midfielder Steven Defour administered the knockout blow, bending an outstanding free-kick into the highest nook.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, making his first league begin since April after a significant knee damage, was hauled off at half-time and his substitute Lingard gave United hope with a chic back-flicked end from Ashley Younger`s cross within the 53rd minute.
And Lingard completed as United`s hero when he fired into the underside nook within the first minute of stoppage-time.
Regardless of that leveller, it was nonetheless a irritating outcome on the finish of a painful December for United, who had suffered an important dwelling loss in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, crashed out of the League Cup at second tier Bristol Metropolis and conceded a last-minute equaliser at 10-man Leicester.
“The tip product of a lot dominance, two objectives, is a depressing quantity,” Mourinho stated.
“The boys fought in opposition to the 2-Zero, so nothing detrimental to say about them. I reward their spirit. We should always have gained.”
At Wembley, Kane established a brand new file for essentially the most Premier League objectives in a yr and can end as Europe`s main scorer for 2017.
Kane`s 22nd-minute header was his 37th purpose of the yr, transferring him previous Alan Shearer`s earlier Premier League file, which was set when he performed for Blackburn in 1995.
However Kane wasn`t blissful to accept that milestone and he scored twice extra to assert his eighth treble of the yr.
His second purpose took him to 55 for membership and nation in 2017 – lifting him above Barcelona`s Lionel Messi to develop into Europe`s top-scorer during the last 12 months within the 5 main international locations (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France).
“It has been a incredible yr. To get in comparison with these gamers, the Messis and Shearers, is what it’s all about. Hopefully 2018 is even higher,” Kane stated.
Kane`s heroics had been the spotlight of a memorable Boxing Day for Tottenham as Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min additionally received on the scoresheet.Liverpool retained their grip on fourth place as Philippe Coutinho`s gem impressed a 5-Zero demolition of backside membership Swansea.
Coutinho produced an impressive strike to place Liverpool forward from the sting of the world within the sixth minute.
Roberto Firmino netted from Coutinho`s free-kick seven minutes after half-time.
Younger Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold notched his first league purpose within the 65th minute and Firmino scored once more a minute later.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rounded off the beating within the 83rd minute as Liverpool`s unbeaten league run reached 11 matches.
Alvaro Morata returned to raise Chelsea to a 2-Zero win over Brighton that took the champions to inside a degree of second positioned United.
Morata was badly missed throughout his one-game ban as Chelsea laboured to a goalless draw at Everton of their earlier match.
However the Spain striker was again within the line-up at Stamford Bridge and he netted 51 seconds into the second half with a header from Cesar Azpilicueta`s cross.
Marcos Alonso sealed Chelsea`s third win of their final 4 league video games with a near-post header from a 60th minute nook.
“Morata is our quantity 9 and is vital. In the present day he performed an excellent recreation with and with out the ball, his dedication was nice,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte stated.
Bournemouth salvaged a controversial Three-Three draw in opposition to fellow strugglers West Ham at Dean Courtroom.
James Collins put West Ham forward, just for Dan Gosling and Nathan Ake to answer for Bournemouth.
West Ham`s Marko Arnautovic scored within the 81st and 89th minutes, earlier than Callum Wilson received the ultimate equaliser along with his arm from what the guests claimed was an offside place.
Watford ended a six-game winless run as Marco Silva`s crew got here from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 at Vicarage Highway.
West Bromwich Albion are and not using a win in 18 league video games after a goalless draw in opposition to Everton, whereas Huddersfield drew 1-1 with Stoke.