Goals for Manchester City came from the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Riyadh Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, and Aymeric Laporte.
Manchester City played what could be one of the most memorable games of the season on Sunday against Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men won the match 6-3 against the Foxes. Goals came from the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Riyadh Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, and Aymeric Laporte. Leicester’s goals were scored by James Maddison, Ademola Lookman, and Kelechi Iheanacho. Arsenal also came out victorious in their match against Norwich City by a massive 5-0 margin. The goals for the Gunners came from Alxandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, and Emile Smith-Rowe.
City were 4-0 up inside 25 minutes thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, and Raheem Sterling, before Leicester scored three goals in ten second-half minutes to turn the game on its head.
However, Aymeric Laporte’s emphatic header made it 5-3 before Sterling’s second late goal sealed the victory. It was chaotic, breathless, and thoroughly entertaining – the Premier League’s highest-scoring Boxing Day match in history.
Sterling was clearly a man on a mission from the start. His driving runs and blistering pace were too much for Leicester to handle, and with two goals to cap off a superb all-around performance, he was the clear man-of-the-match candidate.
Mikel Arteta’s side revealed three new cases in their squad for the trip to Carrow Road, amid fixture postponements across the calendar due to Covid absences. With that setback, he was forced to bring in Benjamin White at right-back, as the squad’s four positive cases were all right-backs.
After being found in the box by Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka calmly slotted past Angus Gunn after six minutes, and it was smooth sailing for the rest of the half against a poor Norwich team. Tierney bombed down the left after being played in by Odegaard and then slotted one into the bottom corner off the post to send the game into halftime with just one goal.
Saka added a second goal after the break, creating space for himself on the corner of the box before firing in at the far post to cap off a fine performance from the Englishman. Arsenal had time for a fourth and fifth goal when Lacazette won and converted a penalty with just over five minutes remaining and Emile Smith Rowe tapped home in stoppage time.
Tottenham Hotspur earned a win and three points against Crystal Palace at home today. Spurs scored first-half goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, putting them in control midway through the first half after Wilfried Zaha received a second yellow card and was sent off. From there, it was almost entirely Tottenham. Son Heung-Min added an insurance goal in the second period, and Antonio Conte was able to rest Kane, Son, and Hojbjerg for long stretches of the second. The final tally was 3-0.