Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Burnley denied at the death
History repeated itself in the Premier League on Sunday when Burnley were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal in injury time. At Turf Moor last season the Clarets were undone by Laurent Koscielny’s goal in the third minute of added time and lost 1-0. At the Emirates Andre Gray’s injury time penalty tied the game 1-1 only for Alexis Sanchez to win the game with a spot kick of his own in the 98th minute. It was déjà vu this term when James Tarkowski was penalised for pushing Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez’ penalty made it 1-0 and earned the Gunners full points in the second added minute.
2 – Sunderland end winless run
In Chris Coleman’s second game as manager Sunderland finally ended their long wait for a win with a 2-0 victory over Burton on Saturday. James Vaughan and George Honeyman both scored in the final 6-minutes of the game to give the Black Cats their first win in fifteen matches, their last victory was a League Cup win over Carlisle back in August. It was only their second league win of the season, having only previously beaten Norwich also in August, but it moves Sunderland off the bottom of the Championship table.
3 – Bristol City stage dramatic late comeback at Hull
Hull have suffered a string of disappointing results since late October, managing just two points in their last six games and only winning four league matches all season. They looked to be turning a tough season around when Fraizer Campbell and Jarrod Bowen both scored to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead over visiting Bristol City. However, the pressure was increased on manager Leonid Slutsky when Bristol pulled off a dramatic late comeback with 25-minutes left. Aden Flint got the visitors first before Bobby Reid’s 10th league goal of the season levelled the game. Josh Brownhill scored the winner in the final minute of the game, which leaves Hull 20th in the table.
4 – Jordi Alba rescues Barcelona
It was a battle of the top two in La Liga on Sunday when 2nd placed Valencia played host to leaders Barcelona. It was a much anticipated and intense match which also contained its share of controversy when Lionel Messi was denied a goal in the first-half despite replays showing the ball crossed the line. Valencia almost scored from a counterattack while Messi ran to celebrate at the corner flag. After the break Rodrigo put the home side ahead at the hour mark and threatened to end Barca’s lengthy unbeaten run. However, Jordi Alba rescued a point when he volleyed in Messi’s perfectly placed pass from close range with 8-minutes remaining. Barcelona stay top of the table with a four point gap to Valencia and a 8 point gap over defending champions Real Madrid in 4th.
5 – Celtic win Scottish League Cup
Celtic retained the Scottish League Cup by beating Motherwell 2-0 in the final at Hampden Park on Sunday. Motherwell were able maintain a deadlock with Celtic for the first 45-minutes, but shortly after the break James Forrest put the Bhoys ahead when he curled a low strike into the bottom corner. Motherwell’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Cedric Kipre was controversially sent off for debateable contact with Scott Sinclair just before the hour mark. Moussa Dembele converted the resulting penalty. This piece of silverware is the fourth domestic trophy in a row for Brendan Rogers, making him the first Celtic manager since Jock Stein to achieve that feat.