Mourinho Achievement and Chelsea Success
“Tottenham Hotspur” rehabilitated for the unexpected defeat of “Sheffield” and beat “Everton” in his field. The meeting was not the richest in events, but the only goal decided everything. At the 24th minute, the chaotic “spurs” attack ended with a shot by Giovanni Lo Chelso from the penalty area, and the ball ricocheted off Michael Keane at the goal. Jose Mourinho extended the unbeaten run in the clash with the Toffees to 10 games and won his 200th victory in the Premier League. He became just the fifth trainer in history to succeed in this. To do this, the Portuguese needed only 326 matches - four more than the absolute record holder in the person of Alex Ferguson. In total, the ex-mentor of Manchester United has 528 victories in the Premier League. Also, this bar obeyed Arsene Wenger (476), Harry Redknapp (236) and David Moyes (207).
The most memorable moment was the clash of Hugo Lloris and Song Heung Min. After the whistle for a break, the Frenchman began to aggressively express something to the South Korean, which almost led to a brawl. The partners had to separate the athletes. The goalkeeper later said that such moments are part of football, and Mourinho even encouraged athletes. According to him, he personally asked them to be more demanding of each other.
Norwich, although it interrupted a series of five games without goals, lost for the first time since May 1995 six times in a row. This time, offenders were rivals from Watford, who until then had not won over five meetings.
The hosts responded to the ball by Emiliano Buendia with two exact hits by Craig Dawson and Danny Welbeck. At the same time, the former forward of the Manchester United pleased the audience with an acrobatic sketch and scored a blow through himself.
Chelsea broke the resistance of Crystal Palace and strengthened its status as the main candidate for third place. In the first half, the “aristocrats” distinguished themselves Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic, and in the second, Tammy Abraham replenished his score. For the young Englishman, this goal was the first since January.
At the same time, Willian again became one of the main creators of the blue's success, having drawn up an assistant double. In the last four matches, the Brazilian has always been distinguished by points for performance (4 + 2), which previously he did not succeed in the championship of England.
“Arsenal” helped its fellow countrymen, who took away points from “Leicester” in his field. Moreover, the goals were scored by the top scorers not only of their clubs, but also the Premier League as a whole - Pierre-Emerick Obameyang and Jamie Vardi, who scored in the 20th and 22nd time, respectively.
“Leicester” is in fourth place, behind Chelsea by one point, “Arsenal” remains on the seventh line. The “gunners” asset has 50 points - two more for Wolverhampton and five more for Manchester United.
Assistant talents of Oyarsabal and the “drought” of Cheryshev and Smolov
Sevilla beat Eibar in their field. The decisive was the exact hit by Lucas Ocampos. In the current championship, the Argentinean lit his name on the scoreboard 13 times, while in the last 12 cases his goals helped the team to score points. It is noteworthy that the only time this did not work in the confrontation with the same "gunsmiths" in the first round.
This day was significant for Ever Banegi, who held his 152nd meeting for the club. He caught up with Federico Fasio and took second place in the number of matches played in the entire history of the red-white. More only with Jose Carlos Dieges, who spoke in the 1960s.
“Real Sociedad” at a party could not take revenge from “Levante” for the defeat in the first round, and both scoring were made in the period from the 12th to the 16th minute. First, the Swedish forward Alexander Isak distinguished himself, and then the Spaniard Jose Luis Morales restored parity. Moreover, the Scandinavian was assisted by Mikel Ojarsabal, who became the third player in the blue and white in the XXI century, who gave more than ten programs per season. Previously, Khabi Prieto (13) and Carlos Vele (12) succeeded.
“Valencia” issued a second victory after the resumption of the championship. The “victim” was Valladolid. Until the 89th minute, only the names of Maxi Gomez and Victor Garcia burned on the scoreboard, but in the end Lee Kang Ying could say his weighty word. Denis Cheryshev appeared on the field in the 82nd minute, but was not marked by effective actions.
Fyodor Smolov also spoke in vain. The Celta striker spent 59 minutes on the field, but failed to upset Atletico. The Madrid team came forward already at the 53rd second thanks to the goal of Morata, but could not finish the job. At the beginning of the second half, Fran Beltran equalized and overshadowed the holiday of Diego Simeone. The Argentinean mentor spent 323 matches at the head of the "mattresses" and came out in third place in the history of the club for this indicator. Only Luis Aragones (407) and Miguel Muñoz (424) have more.
Comeback "Milan" and the registration of "Bremen"
Wards Simone Inzaghi suffered a second defeat in a row and almost said goodbye to hopes for the championship. This time Lazio away yielded to the modest Lecce and allowed it not only to win for the first time since February, but also to leave the relegation zone. In the fifth minute, Felipe Caicedo took advantage of the grossest error of goalkeeper Gabriel and opened the scoring, but the hosts answered with two classic scoring after flank innings. In the struggle on the second floor, Homea Babacar and Fabio Luchione were more successful. At the same time, success could have been larger if it were not for the terrible kick from the penalty spot by Marco Mancozu. But the troubles of the “bianco-charity” did not end there. Already in compensated time, the main defender, Patricio Gabbaron, received a red card.
The main match of the day was held in the fashion capital, where the local Milan unexpectedly beat Juventus. In the period from the 47th to the 53rd minute, the hosts conceded two unanswered goals. First, Adrien Rabiot opened the scoring with an excellent shot to his goals in the Italian Championship, and then Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 26th goal of the season. A successful series of Portuguese reached 17 meetings, in which he scored 25 (21 + 4) points.
But then the Turin slowed down, and the counterparts made an incredible spurt. It took them only five minutes to step forward, and on the 80th the Rossoneri set a spectacular stop. One of the main characters became Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebich. Both chalked up on goal and pass. Also involved in the comeback were Frank Kessier and Rafael Leau.
It is noteworthy that the last time Milan hit the gates of Juventus four times back in 1989. The double was scored by Graziano Mannari, one goal in the account of Alberigo Evani, and Roberto Tricella scored an own goal. At that, then such stars as Frank Rajkard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Mikael Laudrup and Alexander Zavarov appeared on the field.
A significant event occurred in Germany, where the Werder Bremen escaped from relegation to the Second Bundesliga. In the two-match confrontation, Florian Kofeldt’s wards tied Heidenheim twice, but the goal rule on a foreign field played in their favor. At home, they split the world 0-0, and scored away two goals.
These meetings were the last for Claudio Pizarro. The Peruvian managed to play for Bayern, Chelsea and Cologne, but returned five times to Werder Bremen. In his T-shirt, he ended his career by setting records for the number of seasons spent (20) and matches (490) in the Bundesliga for a foreign football player.