Chelsea shocked; Arsenal hold City

  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 19:59 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Arsenal's draw with Manchester City and Chelsea's defeat at Crystal Palace.

  • Chelsea show their dejection during the defeat at Selhurst Park
  • Flamini's strike earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw with Man City 
  • Mats Daehli snatched a dramatic point for Cardiff 
  • Wayne Rooney scores from the spot 
  • Rickie Lambert was on target for Southampton 
  • Swansea were easy winners over Norwich 
  • Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal in Stoke's clash with Hull 

Manchester City missed the chance to usurp Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal battled to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Following Chelsea's shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace earlier on Saturday afternoon, Manuel Pellegrini's men, who still have matches in hand, would have gone ahead on goal difference with victory over the out-of-form Gunners.

Position Player Score
1 Chelsea 69
2 Liverpool 68
3 Man City 67
4 Arsenal 64
5 Everton 57
6 Tottenham 56
7 Man Utd 54
8 Southampton 48
9 Newcastle 46
10 Stoke City 40
11 West Ham 34
12 A Villa 34
13 Swansea 33
14 Hull City 33
15 Norwich 32
16 C Palace 31
17 West Brom 29
18 Cardiff 26
19 Sunderland 25
20 Fulham 24

However, despite taking an early lead through David Silva, it was Arsenal who showed the greater desire as they recovered to turn in a strong second-half display and level through Mathieu Flamini.

Liverpool host Tottenham on Sunday and now have the championship destiny in their own hands, with key clashes against City and Chelsea at Anfield still to come.

Earlier, John Terry's own goal blew the race for the title wide open as Crystal Palace snatched an unlikely three points against Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

The former England defender turned Joel Ward's 52nd-minute cross into his own net under pressure from Joe Ledley to hand the Eagles a precious win in their battle for survival.

It was no more than Palace deserved from a performance of real character and endeavour on a day when Jose Mourinho's men were far from at their best.

Victory lifted Tony Pulis' side one place to 16th, but crucially five points clear of the drop zone.

It proved to be a good day too for beleaguered Manchester United manager David Moyes as a Wayne Rooney double in a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa helped to lift some of the pressure from his shoulders.

On a day when a group of disgruntled fans chartered a plane to display the message "Wrong One - Moyes out", Rooney cancelled out Ashley Westwood's fine 11th-minute free-kick with a deft header and then fired United into the lead from the penalty spot after Juan Mata had been felled.

Mata's first goal for the club gave the home side breathing space and substitute Javier Hernandez wrapped up a 4-1 win at the death.

Team Score Team
Arsenal 1 - 1 Man City
C Palace 1 - 0 Chelsea
West Brom 3 - 3 Cardiff
Swansea 3 - 0 Norwich
Southampto 4 - 0 Newcastle
Stoke City 1 - 0 Hull City
Man Utd 4 - 1 A Villa

Southampton continued their pursuit of United with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Newcastle which saw them leapfrog the Magpies into eighth.

The Saints had to wait until stoppage time at the end of the first half to take the lead after being repeatedly thwarted by keeper Rob Elliot, standing in for the injured Tim Krul.

However, once Jay Rodriguez had opened the scoring there was no way back for Alan Pardew's men as fellow England World Cup hopefuls Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana helped themselves to a goal apiece before Rodriguez sealed victory at the death with his second.

But perhaps the game of the day took place at the Hawthorns as West Brom and Cardiff fought out a six-goal thriller.

The Baggies looked to be cruising to victory when they went 2-0 up within nine minutes of the kick-off after Morgan Amalfitano floated an outrageous second-minute opener over goalkeeper David Marshall before Graham Dorrans extended their advantage.

However, the Bluebirds dragged themselves back into the game on the half-hour through Jordon Mutch's strike, and levelled 17 minutes from time when defender Steven Caulker powered home a header from Gary Medel's free-kick.

But there was still drama to come when Thievy Bifouma looked to have snatched victory for the home side three minutes into added time, only for Mats Daehli to deny them with virtually the last kick of the game.

South Wales neighbours Swansea enjoyed a much more comfortable afternoon as they eased to a 3-0 victory over Norwich which left the Canaries looking anxiously over their shoulder once again.

Jonathan de Guzman's first-half double laid the foundation with Wayne Routledge's second-half strike completing the job.

  • A plane flies overhead with a banner criticising Manchester United manager David Moyes
  • Ashley Westwood put Aston Villa ahead but Wayne Rooney levels
  • Rooney bags his second of the game from the penalty spot moments before half-time
  • Juan Mata makes it 3-1 to the hosts with his first goal in a Utd shirt
  • And Javier Hernandez adds a late fourth to cap a fine afternoon for Moyes' men
  • Leaders Chelsea are hoping to extend their lead at the top to four points as they visit Crystal Palace
  • Cardiff goalkeeper is lobbed by Morgan Amalfitano's stunning effort as West Brom take an early lead
  • Before Graham Dorrans doubles the Baggies' advantage
  • Jonathan de Guzman celebrates putting Swansea 1-0 up on Norwich
  • And he then makes it 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium
  • Jay Rodriguez breaks the deadlock on the stroke of half-time in Southampton's clash with Newcastle
  • And just after the break, Rickie Lambert makes it 2-0 to the Saints
  • John Terry's own goal gives Palace a shock lead early in the second half
  • Peter Odemwingie scores the only goal in Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull
  • Wayne Routledge rounds off the scoring in Swansea's 3-0 win over Norwich
  • Steven Caulker celebrates as Cardiff come from two down to level the scores
  • Although the Baggies take the lead again in stoppage time, up pops  Mats Daehli with virtually the last kick of the game to snatch a point
  • Chelsea's defeat at Selhurst Park gives Manchester City the chance to go top on goal difference in the late game at Arsenal
  • David Silva gives the visitors the lead at the Emirates Stadium
  • But Mathieu Flamini levels for the Gunners in the second half
All the best pictures from Saturday's Premier League action, including Manchester United v Aston Villa.

Peter Odemwingie continued his fine goalscoring form as Stoke recorded their third successive victory with a 1-0 triumph over Hull at the Britannia Stadium.

Odemwingie struck in the 62nd minute, firing in from the edge of the box after collecting the ball from a stray Ahmed Elmohamady pass to register his fourth goal in three games, and fifth since joining the Potters from Cardiff in January.

The hosts had earlier been indebted to their goalkeeper Asmir Begovic when he kept out a David Meyler shot that had taken a wicked deflection, and in the first half Hull defender Liam Rosenior failed to make the most of a good chance.

Overall, though, Stoke were good value for a win that takes them to 40 points for the campaign with six more games to go.


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