Swansea and Crystal Palace combine for the match of the season
Saturday’s clash between Swansea and Crystal Palace had it all: two managers under big pressure, two sides mired in the bottom half of the table, massive momentum swings, scrappy set piece goals, and most importantly late, late drama. Swansea eventually prevailed in perhaps the craziest match of the Premier League season, earning Bob Bradley his first league win in wild 5-4 fashion. Palace went 1-0 in front in the first half after a brilliant solo goal from Wilfried Zaha, yet Swansea responded to level things after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s terrific curling free kick. Amazingly, the match was 1-1 until the 65th minute, but after that crucial turning point, seven more goals were scored in a tremendous finale. Leroy Fer bundled home two set piece goals in a matter of minutes to put the Swans 3-1 up, but Palace retorted with an unbelievable goals spurt of their own. Three goals in less than ten minutes turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and by the last minute of normal time it looked like Palace would secure all three points in a famous and much-needed away victory. Yet Swansea and Fernando Llorente had other ideas. The Spanish substitute prodded home two goals in the 91st and 94th minutes to steal a stunning 5-4 win for the Swans at the utter death, sending the the Liberty Stadium into absolute pandemonium. Bob Bradley finally recorded his first win as manager, and he certainly could not have dreamt of a more memorable way to do it.
Liverpool grind out win despite Coutinho’s injury
Anfield was momentarily silenced in appalling fashion this weekend when Philippe Coutinho suffered a scary injury. The Brazilian playmaker has arguably been Liverpool’s star performer this season, and the sight of him being stretchered off while grimacing in pain struck fear in the hearts of the Liverpool faithful. Yet the high-flying Reds refused to let Coutinho’s devastating injury derail their match. Sunderland proved to be more than worthy opponents, and the Black Cats even had a golden chance to take the lead in the second half, yet Duncan Watmore’s touch was heavy and Liverpool survived. Super sub Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead with 15 minutes to go, and James Milner added a late penalty to seal the deal. The impressive victory showed Liverpool’s resilience this year, encapsulated by manager Jurgen Klopp’s rallying cry to the crowd with the score tied 0-0. Klopp rejuvenated the supporters at the perfect moment, and played a big part in propelling Liverpool to victory.