Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Man United close in on 2nd
Manchester United have put some distance between themselves and the other contenders for 2nd place in the Premier League table after a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday. Marcus Rashford scored twice to give the Red Devils the lead in the first-half, Romelu Lukaku’s header fed the 20-year-old forward to open the scoring within the first 15-minutes and Lukaku was involved in the second goal, playing on Juan Mata who couldn’t get the shot off before Rashford calmly mopped up. In the second-half Sadio Mane’s cross at the near post came off Eric Bailly for an own goal to get one back for visitors Liverpool. The victory further cements United’s hold on 2nd place, giving a 5-point gap over Liverpool in 4th and closing it to 13-points with leaders Manchester City before their Monday night game with Stoke.
2 – Celtic win Old Firm clash
Ten-man Celtic came from behind twice to beat rivals Rangers in their Old Firm clash in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday. Josh Windass put hosts Rangers into the lead just 3-minutes into the game, but Tom Rogic’s 30-yard strike drew level 8-minutes later. Daniel Candeias ensured a free-ball found the net to put Rangers up again, but Moussa Dembele picked up a suburb pass from Scott Brown and lifted the ball over keeper Wes Foderingham to draw level again at 2-2 just before the break. In the second-half Jozo Simunovic was sent off for an elbow on Alfredo Morelos, but after manager Brendan Rogers ordered a re-shuffle substitute Odsonne Edouard put Celtic ahead for the first-time in the match with the winning goal.
3 – Heavy defeat for Wolves at Aston Villa
Championship leaders Wolves suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when they were smashed 4-1 by rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday. A scrappy goal from Albert Adomah gave Villa the lead, but Diogo Jota scored an almost equally as scrappy close-range goal to ensure the first-half finish 1-1. After the break James Chester and Lewis Grabban scored 5-minutes apart to shake up the leaders and Birkir Bjarnason put the game to bed with 5-minutes remaining with a low strike from the edge of the 18-yard-box. The victory cuts the gap from Villa to Wolves to 7-points and the leaders are now only 3-points above 2nd placed Cardiff with 10-games remaining.
4 – Four Penalties in Tigers and Canneries clash
Hull won 4-3 hosting Norwich in the Championship at the weekend and the game was the first in the top-four British leagues to feature four penalties in over 3-years. Manchester City and Tottenham’s 4-1 Premier League clash in 2014 was the last time four penalties were awarded, two were saved but two of Sergio Aguero’s four goals were from the spot. On Saturday both teams kept officials busy and had two penalties apiece. Jackson Irvine opened the scoring for Hull but two of James Maddison’s hat-trick for Norwich were from penalties and ensured the visitors were 3-2 up at the break. Abel Hernandez however, had scored a penalty shortly before the end of the first-half and he completed a brace from the spot minutes after the restart, while Harry Wilson’s winner in the 71st minute turned the game on its head.
5 – Grimsby avoid defeat at the death
League Two’s Grimsby Town remain winless in 16 league matches but they avoided defeat with a 91st minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Port Vale at the weekend. It was new manager Michael Jolley’s first home game in charge and they were 1-0 down to Port Vale within the first 10-minutes. However, the 40-year-old former Burnley Under-23 coach will be relieved after James Berrett’s late equaliser ended a 4-game losing streak.