by Pulasta Dhar Oct 20, 2012 21:07 IST
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Tottenham 2-4 Chelsea
Man Utd 4-2 Stoke
Liverpool 1-0 Reading
Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa
Swansea 2-1 Wigan
West Brom 1-2 Man City
West Ham 4-1 S'ton
FULL-TIME: Great entertainment overall in the EPL this Saturday. First Chelsea's thrilling 4-2 win over Spurs and then United's identical victory over Stoke. Rooney's own goal was cancelled out by his brace in the right net. Van Persie and Welbeck also getting on the score-sheet. Manchester City were trailing West Brom 0-1 before Dzeko scored a couple of late goals to win it 2-1 to top off a sensational Saturday of EPL action.
85 minutes: Fulham have taken the lead via Chris Baird and Man City have equalised with Edin Dzeko. So that's why Old Trafford went moaned together.
80 minutes: Gone a bit flat at Old Trafford, but that could be because United have introduced three new players. Javier Hernandez and Anderson are also on.
73 minutes: Stoke are pouring forward, but only on the counter. Probably the introduction of Michael Owen will help them score another goal? The former Old Trafford man has just come on. Nani is also on for Antonio Valencia.
Elsewhere: West Bromwich have just taken the lead against champions Man City via Shane Long. Swansea are 2-1 ahead against Wigan with goals from Pablo Hernandez and Michu (who can't stop scoring). West Ham are comfortably leading 3-1 against Southampton with two goals from Mark Noble and one from Kevin Nolan. Liverpool's scorer is young Raheem Sterling.
GOAL!! 65 minutes: Chaos ensues from a United corner and it falls to Wayne Rooney at the far post. A simple tap in and that's goal number 200 in club football for Mr. Rooney.
GOAL!! 60 minutes: Where was the United defence? Michael Kightly keeps going and going and going before shooting on the inside of the crossbar before the ball trickled into the net. Such bad defending... it's hardly top four quality.
53 minutes: Chances are falling aplenty for United. First Jonny Evans probably becomes part of the 'misses of the season' video, heading straight at the keeper from about 5 yards. Then Welbeck slides in to score a low cross. He's about half a second late.
GOAL!! 46 minutes: Within a minute. Just like Chelsea the timing of this goal. Rooney plays in a mid-level cross and Danny Welbeck gets ahead of the defensive pack to score a diving header.
HALF-TIME: Early onslaught apart, Stoke have been made to pay for missing a couple of half-chances. Rooney, after scoring an own goal has made ammends by heading in a Van Persie cross. The provider then turned scorer by diverting Valencia's cross to make it 2-1.
GOAL!! 45 minutes: United have been knocking on the door since that early goal and the pressure's paid off. A wing-changing diagonal finds Valencia on the right hand side and his low hard cross is diverted in the net by Robin van Persie. The speed at which he turned his body was phenomenal.
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40 minutes: Another one-two as RVP and Scholes combine. Scholes' goal-bound shot is blocked, however, before Welbeck curls one from about 25 yards out only to hit the bar.
35 minutes: United are slowly getting a foothold in the match. Welbeck and RVP looking particularly impressive on the left. One such move sees Evra get the chance to cross and Rooney's header is on target but comfortably saved.
GOAL!! 28 minutes: Don't you gotcha love football? After scoring an own goal, Wayne Rooney has headed in a lovely Van Persie cross to bring back United into the match. 1-1 now.
23 minutes: The best move of the game comes from United as Van Persie and Welbeck link up brilliantly on the edge of the box. The young English striker gets the return ball from RVP but it comes on his left foot and it's too weak to trouble Stoke.
18 minutes: Stoke are threatening to run away with this match. Walters has crossed one to the far post and Crouch's header is just saved by De Gea.
OWN GOAL!! 11 minutes: Charlie Adams takes one of those famed set pieces and tell you what... Wayne Rooney, under pressure from Shawcross has scored an own goal. Stoke are 1-0 up at Old Trafford.
5 minutes: Nothing as of note now. Just the one shot and it comes via Paul Scholes. Rooney just playing off Van Persie in a role which he has excelled so much in. Remember, United are against one of the tallest teams in Europe.
Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Welbeck, van Persie, Rooney.
Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Powell, Wootton.
Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Walters, Adam, Kightly, Crouch.
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Owen, Upson, Etherington, Wilkinson.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-4 CHELSEA as it happened: What a match... this goes down as one of the most entertaining London derbies. An absolute roller-coaster as Chelsea opened the scoring via Cahill before Defoe and Gallas scored to give Spurs the lead. Chelsea weren't giving up though and a quick Juan Mata double saw them regain a lead. Sturridge made it 4-2 in the final minute of the match. Chelsea are now seven points clear at the top of the EPL table.
GOAL!! 90 minutes: That should be game over. Mata does brilliantly to escape down the left and lays it on a plate for Daniel Sturridge to tap it in.
85 minutes: Defoe wins a freekick in a dangerous area but Sigurdsson's attempt is over the bar. Lennon then tries a to beat Cech but his stinging shot is straight at the keeper.
80 minutes: Adebayor certainly didn't help his case when a ball goes through his legs on a counter attack, but he has added physical presence to Spurs. Defoe has tried another shot but it's blocked away by the Blues.
75 minutes: Juan Mata on a hat-trick gets another gilt edged opportunity but it's off the mark. Sigurdsson takes another shot as Adebayor sets him up but it's high wide and not so handsome.
GOAL!! 70 minutes: This is what the EPL is all about... this is football at its best. Torres is first stopped when he was one-on-one against Friedel but then Hazard plays Juan Mata in and he scores... again! 3-2 to Chelsea and this is not over.
GOAL!! 67 minutes: The goals keep coming! Gallas makes a weak clearance and it falls to Juan Mata's favourite left foot. He makes no mistake in arranging a clever low shot past Friedel. 2-2 now.
62 minutes: Spurs are out to kill this match off. They are closing down everything and attacking every ball. Sandro takes a low fizzing shot but Cech is there again to save this one.
GOAL!! 55 minutes: Tell you what!! The Spurs have taken the lead from behind in what is turning out to be a dramatic fixture. Lennon plays a diagonal low cross in the box and Jermaine Defoe is in the right place at the right time!
52 minutes: Spurs have a spring in their step now. Defoe sets Sigurdsson free on the left wing. The signing from Swansea cuts in to his right foot and tries to curl on past Cech but he's sharp to save.
GOAL!! 46 minutes: It's gone in! Vartonghen is at the far post to pull back a freekick for William Gallas to nod in. 1-1 and this match is alive.
HALF-TIME: Dempsey and Defoe with a couple of close chances but Chelsea remain alert. Chelsea have been brilliant on the break as Spurs try to probe through their defence. This is far from the boring Chelsea... this is very fluid from them. Deserved 1-0 lead.
40 minutes: Aaron Lennon breaks through the midfield and plays it to Dempsey, but the pass doesn't come back from the American. He's robbed, Ramires gets the ball and lays it up for Mata who takes a shot, sees it saved and then slams the rebound over the bar. Phew!
Wondering what Vilas-Boas is feeling...
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) October 20, 2012
35 minutes: Torres looking very much like the player we had forgotten. He's running riot in and around the penalty area... dummying, dropping his shoulder and executing some quick stepovers. It has threatened so far, but hasn't worked into a goal.
30 minutes: Tottenham won't give this one up... no way. They are a side that make matches out of London derbies and this is no different. A loose ball falls to Sigurdsson, he controls and just fires wide. That should have actually gone in.
23 minutes: Just can't keep diving out of the game, can we? Ivanovic takes a tumble and it's far from the box... it's actually somewhere a dive wouldn't even matter. Referee shows him the yellow card— correct decision.
GOAL!! 18 minutes: Stunning strike! Gallas clears a corner and it falls to Gary Cahill on the edge of the box, who sends it crashing into the roof of the net.
15 minutes: The match has evened out now. Spurs also getting space, allowing Dempsey to fire over the bar. Ramires then surges forward but Assou-Ekoto clears when he's about to shoot.
10 minutes: This is all action. The home side cannot get a grip on Chelsea's midfield. Mata threads a lovely ball to Torres but Friedel is there to rush and collect before Oscar's attempt from outside the box is just wide.
5 minutes: Spurs have made their intentions clear. Sigurdsson lofts a freekick into the box and Gallas almost latches onto it. Hazard then wins a corner but nothing comes off it.
5.00 PM: Torres has 11 league goals in 53 matches for Chelsea. At Liverpool, he reached 11 goals in 19 matches.
4.50 PM: "I have talked about United, Manchester City, ourselves and Arsenal and I said there could be a surprise. Spurs over the years have established themselves in the top five and are getting closer and closer to the top," Roberto Di Matteo tells the BBC.
@FirstpostSports without terry looks like it is a 'decent' side
— Roy Joseph (@LalShaitan) October 20, 2012
4.45 pm: Where is Bale? It was earlier evident that he would play, but he's suddenly gone missing. He's not even on the bench... but there is a legitimate reason— he's dashed off for the birth of his first child.
Chelsea: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Ramires, Obi Mikel, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Lampard, Moses, Sturridge, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.
Tottenham Hotspur: Brad Friedel, Kyle Walker, William Gallas, Steven Caulker, Jan Vertonghen, Tom Huddlestone, Sandro, Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Defoe.
Subs: Lloris, Adebayor, Naughton, Dawson, Falque, Livermore, Townsend.
4.30 PM: Gareth Bale, Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe are all part of Spurs' attack. No place for Hugo Lloris though... Brad Friedel is in goal.
Pre-match: It's back! After a two week absence, the English Premier League is back and what a way to kick it off: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea.
This match also sees Andre Villas-Boas take on his former club, from which he was sacked within a season last year.
No John Terry for the visitors as he begins his four-match ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Spurs can take advantage of this and a run of four wins in a row to put Chelsea under pressure.
The Blues are sitting at the top of the table, five points ahead of 5th placed Spurs and four points ahead of 2nd placed Manchester United. The Red Devils face Stoke City later in the evening.
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