VAR, eh? A terrible, unnecessary idea, implemented badly in almost every regard. This weekend might have been its worst yet in the Premier League. It’s farcical.
Everton 2-0 West Ham United
There was a clean sheet for Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford as Everton won 2-0 at home against West Ham United. Both played the full match.Embed from Getty Images
AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich City
Callum Wilson clocked up another 90 minutes for AFC Bournemouth in their goalless home draw against Norwich City.
Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton and Tyrone Mings were on the winning side against Brighton & Hove Albion, both playing 90 minutes in the process along with Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.
Villa’s best player was, well, Villa’s best player. Jack Grealish started and finished their equaliser, then teed up Matt Targett’s winner with a fabulous assist. England awaits.
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United
Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori (clean sheet, thank you very much) played 90 minutes for Chelsea against Newcastle United, as did Callum Hudson-Odoi before a stoppage time substitution.
Mason Mount played an hour before being replaced, while Ross Barkley’s inevitable substitution for Mateo Kovacic happened before half time, on this occasion. Barkley’s injury didn’t help his poor half escape notice.
Leicester City 2-1 Burnley
Ben Chilwell and Nick Pope both played the duration on either side of Leicester City’s controversial win over Burnley. James Maddison was heavily involved for the Foxes but went off mid-way through the second half.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Watford
There was a bloke on the radio on Saturday night pretending to be a Tottenham Hotspur supported who wants Mauricio Pochettino sacked and Jose Mourinho brought in to replace him.
I know. But the root of his act was Spurs’ crumbling form. Dele Alli‘s equalising goal was allowed and then disallowed except not and then allowed or whatever – he, Harry Kane and Danny Rose played the whole match.
Harry Winks had to settle for 70 minutes.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Southampton
Southampton had a few tight decisions go their way as Wolverhampton Wanderers were made to score a legal goal the hard way at Molineux. James Ward-Prowse played the entirety.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
Without naming any names, I know for a fact that some England bloggers and podcasters fancied this a rather slippy proposition for Manchester City, and were wrong.
Raheem Sterling played 90 minutes in City’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, picking up a yellow card and making David Silva’s goal with a sumptuous scooped assist.
England John Stones returned from injury for a late cameo.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
It was a disappointing Sunday afternoon for Liverpool, whose first dropped points of the season came at Old Trafford, because of course they did.
England’s Marcus Rashford snuck in to poke home an excellent Daniel James cross to put Manchester United in front in the first half, only for an Adam Lallana tap-in to level the game late.Embed from Getty Images
Lallana replaced Jordan Henderson after 71 minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played the last half hour, while Trent Alexander-Arnold featured from start to finish.
Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka played the full 90 minutes for United, who replaced goalscorer Rashford with five minutes remaining.
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal
There were three points and a clean sheet for Dean Henderson as Sheffield United kept out Arsenal for a Monday night victory.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach
There was no involvement at all for England’s Jadon Sancho, who was dropped from the matchday squad reportedly for returning late to Borussia Dortmund from England duty.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Valencia
Atletico Madrid drew again but did so against Valencia without Kieran Trippier, an unused substitute as Santiago Arias was given his second league start of the season.