REVIEW: Fireworks aplenty in Premier League derby weekend

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-03 21:29:27|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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LONDON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- There were fireworks and late drama in the Premier League at the weekend and unfortunately the sort of incident that has anywhere when a Tottenham supporter threw a banana at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the north-London derby between Arsenal and Spurs at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Aubameyang scored twice to decide a tense, aggressive and exciting derby which Arsenal won 4-2 to maintain their impressive unbeaten run and to go above their neighbors in the league table.

It's tempting to say he let his feet do the talking in the face of the banana throwing incident, but that sort of behavior has no place in society and credit to Tottenham who have said that when the fans responsible is discovered, they will be banned.

There were late fireworks in the Liverpool derby as Everton's Anfield jinx continued for yet another season. Marco Silva's side must have thought they were going to hang on for a draw until Liverpool's freakish 96th minute winner.

Virgil Van Dijk had hit his shot so badly that he had actually turned away in disgust, but the ball spun up at a crazy angle, fooled Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford, hit the crossbar twice and ended up in the net off Divock Origi's head.

Cue wild celebrations from Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp and 90 percent of the people in Anfield, while Everton were left to reflect that their performance deserved more and at least showed how they continue to progress under the guidance of Marco Silva.

Fulham fans were expecting great things as Claudio Ranieri leads them to Stamford Bridge for the south-west London derby following last weekend's win at home to Southampton, but it was to be a (Stamford) bridge too far for Fulham.

Pedro Rodriguez put Chelsea ahead after four minutes and Ruben Loftus Cheek capped an impressive cameo performance with the second goal in the closing minutes.

Manchester City may have missed Kun Aguero, but still had too much firepower for a spirited Bournemouth and ran out 3-1 winners.

Pep Guardiola's side have a two-point lead over Liverpool and a 7-point advantage over Chelsea in what is increasingly looking like a 2-horse title race.

Perhaps this season's real drama will be the battle to qualify for next season's Champions League and that is a battle that looks to be slipping out of Manchester United's grasp as they dropped two further points with a 2-2 draw away to Southampton.

United did fight back from 2-0 down, but rarely looked like scoring a third as Mourinho gave vent to his emotions (mainly anger and frustration) on the touchline, before saying afterwards that his side lacked "mad dogs" and players who can "bite the ball."

Elsewhere Crystal Palace won their first league game since September 15th with a 2-0 defeat of Burnley, who slip into the relegation zone.

Brighton came back from a goal down to win away to Huddersfield, who will see the defeat as a wasted chance of climbing further away from danger, while Newcastle's good run of form came to an end with a home defeat to West Ham.

James Madison impressed as Leicester City beat Watford 2-0, while it looks as if Nuno Espiritu Santo will have to back to the drawing board as Wolves lost 2-0 in Cardiff, a result which means they have taken just one point from the last 6 games.