Hammer Blow for Spurs
At 3.46pm on Sunday, West Ham United fans would have been forgiven for hiding behind their sofas as Harry Kane fired Spurs into a 3-0 lead in their London derby meeting. However, our wonderful game had produced a comeback unlike any other when the full-time whistle blew at 5.22pm.
The Hammers became the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by 3+ goals as late as the 81st minute and looking at the expected goal (xG) race chart from the game, it doesn’t seem undeserved…
The warning signs were there for Spurs, with West Ham attempting two of the three best quality chances of the game before they scored – Michail Antonio in the 7th minute (0.58 xG) and Pablo Fornals in the 50th minute (0.74 xG).
They say luck evens itself out in the end and it certainly did, with Manuel Lanzini’s wondergoal in the fourth minute of injury time coming from the shot with the lowest probability of being scored in the game (0.02 xG).
Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, becoming the 17th different player to hit the landmark for the club.
The Egyptian forward’s superb volley meant that he reached the century in 159 games for the Reds – only Roger Hunt (144) and Jack Parkinson (153) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances for the club.
His strike on Saturday at Goodison Park was his 18th consecutive goal from inside the box, and it means he’s now scored six goals in five Premier League appearances this season – a tally that he took 11 games to reach in 2019/20.
After a perfect 10 for Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United, the Portuguese finally missed with his 11th spot-kick in all competitions for the Red Devils in Saturday’s win at Newcastle United.
It ended a run of 18 successive penalties scored in league competition across his career at Sporting CP in Portugal and Manchester United.
His last penalty failure in the league came in April 2016 whilst playing in Serie A for Udinese against Napoli. It was also saved, with the goalkeeper (Gabriel) also diving low to his right to block the spot-kick, just as Karl Darlow did this weekend.
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