Manchester City 1 – 1 Middlesbrough
Pep Guardiola got another rude awakening of the tight struggles of English Premier League when his star-studded team was held 1-1 at home by Middlesbrough. Coming as this from the comprehensive win over Barcelona midweek, Manchester City will rue the bane of inconsistencies. What more, a Chelsea win later in the night meant that City are off the top spot.
City started brightly but were frustrated by the inspired Victor Valdes in goal and a tight defence that wanted to stretch the game. Valdes made a clutch of saves including one top class one from David Silva. But even he couldn’t prevent a Sergio Aguero goal just before half-time. The goal wasn’t enough to make it safe for the Citizens as they later found out.
Midfielder Marten de Roon headed home in injury time to stun the hosts and cancel out Aguero’s goal. The equalizer was enough for Karanka’s men to return home with a precious point.
West Ham 1 – 1 Stoke City
West Ham came close to ending their home troubles but Stoke City were in no mood to give them freebies. It was a cagey affair till an own goal by Glenn Whelan put the hosts into lead. But Bojan Krkic scored the equalizer to dash their hopes. The Hammers have some tough encounters lined up at home and would be concerned at the drop of points while for Stoke, it’s a change of fortunes as they go unbeaten in their last six games.
Burnley 3 – 2 Crystal Palace
In a thrilling encounter at the Turf Moor, a last-gasp winner from Ashley Barnes helped Burnley score a thrilling 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. The hosts had a great start to the game with Sam Vokes giving them an early lead and Johann Gudmundsson doubling it. But the visitors hung on and through Connor Wickham grabbed a goal back. And when Christian Benteke levelled things back for the visitors, it looked like they would claw for a point. Until Barnes scored his first goal since February 2015 to win full points for Burnley.
Bournemouth 1 – 2 Sunderland
Ten-man Sunderland scored their first win of the season against all odds at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries took an early lead through Dan Gosling but the Black Cats brought things back to level through Victor Anichebe. But they were dealt a severe blow when Steven Pienaar was sent off before the hour. Jermaine Defoe had other ideas however, as he scored from the spot and led the visitors to a very vital three points.