Top 5 Moments from the Weekend: 5th February

Top 5 Moments from the Weekend: 5th February

Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.

1 - Man City held to draw at Turf Moor

Manager Pep Guardiola was hoping Danilo’s impressive strike half way through the first-half would be enough for Manchester City to take another 3 points on their visit to Turf Moor. With 20 minutes remaining, Raheem Sterling failed to put the game to bed when he missed an absolute sitter at point blank range and was promptly substituted. With less than 10 minutes on the clock Johann Gudmundsson got on the end of Matthew Lowton’s well placed cross and tied the game 1-1 to deny City their 23rd league win of the season. Rivals Manchester United had a 2-0 win over Huddersfield but are still 13-points behind the Citizens in the Premier League table.

2 – Birmingham beat 9-man Sheffield Wednesday

Birmingham City were able to continue their turnaround with a 3-1 win over 9-man Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday. David Davis gave the visitors an early lead, which Jota doubled with the first of a brace after 20-minutes. In the 38th minute Portuguese forward Marco Matias was given his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident and Jota’s tap-in saw the visitors end the first-half 3-0 up. The Owls got one back through Lucas Joao 10 minutes after the restart, but saw their numbers reduced again when Daniel Pudil received a second yellow with just over 20 minutes remaining.  Birmingham, who’ve had a largely poor season, held on to the win and have now lost just one of their last eight matches. They are 4-points above the drop zone and will take on rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park this coming Sunday.

3 – Kilmarnock beat Celtic

Youssouf Mulumbu’s first Kilmarnock goal gave the home side a 1-0 win over leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend and handed the Bhoys only their second league defeat of the season. Celtic’s only other domestic defeat in the Brendan Rogers era came against Hearts in mid-December. It also the first time Kilmarnock have beaten Celtic at Rugby Park in 8 years, their last home win was in February 2010.

4 – 10-man Wycombe stage dramatic late win

Wycombe went into their League Two clash with Carlisle on Saturday with four league wins on the bounce and looked like they’d make it five when Matt Bloomfield and Luke O’Nien both scored 3 minutes apart in the first-half.  However, shortly after the break O’Nien was dismissed for a hand ball and Carlisle’s Danny Grainger scored the resulting penalty to claw one back for the visitors. Wycombe squandered a penalty of their own, which could have made the difference as Carlisle then equalised through Jamie Devitt and took the lead when Cole Stockton headed in a free-kick at 70-minutes.  However, the home side staged a dramatic late comeback when Paris Cowen-Hall’s diving header put them level 3 minutes into stoppage time and Marcus Bean’s remarkable volley from outside the box ensured a 4-3 victory 3 minutes later. Wycombe take the number two spot in the League Two table, but are still 8-points behind leaders Luton.

5 – Harry Kane’s penalty and 100th Premier League goal steals a point at Anfield

Mohamed Salah scored his 20th league goal of the season and gave Liverpool an early lead in their Premier League clash with Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds held the lead all the way to the 80th minute when Victor Wanyama rocketed the ball into the top corner after keeper Loris Karius’ punched clearance fell into his path.  5 minutes later Karius brought down Harry Kane and Spurs were awarded a penalty. Kane took the spot kick but was denied his 100th Premier League when Karius got his hands to it.  A minute into stoppage time and Salah lifted the ball over Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris at close range to surely win the game. However, there was another late twist as Virgil van Dijk was deemed to have fouled Erik Lamela and Spurs were awarded another penalty and Kane another chance for his 100th goal. This time he found the net and helped close the 2-point gap with Liverpool who remain 3rd in the Premier League table.

05/02/2018

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