Round #22 of the 2016-17 Barclays Premier League season concluded on Sunday with three more matches on the slate.
Six teams were looking to earn a crucial three points on Sunday to add to their season totals thus far. With the E.P.L. taking next weekend off due to English F.A. Cup fourth round fixtures, a win on Sunday for teams would help build some important momentum.
Here is a recap of all Sunday’s action from England’s top-flight. You can also watch video highlights of each match in the respective score-line.
Southampton 3 — Leicester City 0
Claude Puel‘s Saints snapped a four-match losing streak after a convincing 3-0 home win over reigning champs Leicester. James Ward-Prowse‘s 26th minute effort opened the scoring for the hosts after a nice turn and right-footed finish made it 1-0. Striker Jay Rodriguez made it 2-0 in the 39th, finishing with his left-foot following a set-piece situation. The perfect day for Southampton was capped off in the 86th minute when Dusan Tadic rifled home from the penalty spot for a 3-0 score-line. Substitute Shane Long was bundled over by Leicester’s Wes Morgan which gave Saints the late penalty. Leicester created only two shots-on-goal, and fell to their 11th league loss of the campaign. They remain in 15th, while Southampton are four places higher.
Arsenal 2 — Burnley 1
Arsene Wenger‘s side earned a late winner at the Emirates thanks to a late penalty decision. Shkodran Mustafi‘s 59th minute header put the Gunners up 1-0 over the visiting Clarets. However, the hosts were reduced to 10-men after midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off after earning a straight red-card for a foul on Steven Defour. Burnley earned a late penalty in the 92nd minute as Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes in the box. Striker Andre Gray just barely slotted home past a diving Petr Cech for an equalizer. Arsenal fought for a winner and it came in the 98th minute, when Alexis Sanchez chipped home a winning penalty of his own to make it 2-1. Clarets defender Ben Mee was whistled for a high-boot foul on Laurent Koscielny. Cech made six saves in the win, while Tom Heaton made six saves in the defeat. Burnley will feel hard done by after the late decision, which drops them to 13th. Arsenal now jump to second, eight points behind Chelsea.
Chelsea 2 — Hull City 0
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League summit to eight points after a 2-0 win over visiting Hull. Hull’s Ryan Mason suffered a scary injury in the 12th minute as he collided head-on with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill for a ball in the air. Mason, was replaced and later taken to a nearby London hospital. It was later announced, Mason had surgery on a fractured skull. The return of Diego Costa to the Chelsea line-up paid off as the striker made it 1-0 just before halftime. The Spaniard rifled home Victor Moses‘ assist to the bottom right corner. Cahill, stamped the final score-line at 2-0 after he headed home Cesc Fabregas‘ cross nine minutes from time. Hull’s Eldin Jakupovic made three saves, while Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois made four in the clean sheet. Hull drop to 19th after the defeat, sitting two points from safety.
It was a great weekend for Chelsea and Arsenal who were the only teams in the top six to earn victories. Everton, West Brom, and West Ham United also earned wins to round out the top ten. A huge road win Saturday for Swansea City helped boost them out of the relegation zone, while defeats by Crystal Palace, Hull, and Sunderland have those three fighting for survival.
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