Matchday 25 of 38: David Moyes’ Hammers break into the Top Four / City extend lead at the top
Matchday 25 of 38: David Moyes' Hammers break into the Top Four / City extend lead at the top
West Ham United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1 – Sunday, February 21st, 2021
West Ham staved off late pressure from Tottenham Hotspur at the London stadium to win 2-1 and move into the Top Four of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon. Michail Antonio who missed out on two of Hammers games owing to injury was back in the starting XI as he gave his side the perfect start in the 5th minute by prodding in after Hugo Lloris failed to collect a pass from Jarrod Bowen cleanly.
After a listless first half that saw late attempts from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela on goal, it was the Hammers who doubled the lead post the interval in the 47th minute when Jesse Lingard latched onto a Pablo Fornals pass and smashed the ball into the top corner.
The goal was initially disallowed for an offside by Fornals but VAR ruled that the Spaniard was not interfering with play when Lingard ran through the defense for his goal. Spurs levelled in the 63rd minute when Lucas Moura connected powerfully with a header from Gareth Bale's corner, leaving a hapless Lloris hugging the post in dejection.
Bale then came close to scoring a few minutes later but his sensational long-range effort rattled the crossbar. Son Heung-Min almost scored a stoppage-time equalizer but his attempted half-lob hit the post and rolled out as West Ham held on to their slender lead.
David Moyes's first win over Jose Mourinho after 16 attempts lifted Hammers to 45 points, two clear of Chelsea's 43 who are now in the 5th, while Spurs remain in ninth with 36 from their 24 games.
Arsenal 0, Manchester City 1 – Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Pep Guardiola's City continued their imperious run of form as they recorded their twelfth straight Premier League win when they beat Arsenal by a solitary goal at the Emirates stadium last weekend.
Raheem Sterling converted with a header in as early as the 2nd minute of play as he met Riyad Mahrez's cross for the only goal of the match. City were not allowed to walk away with the game as a second goal proved elusive. Arsenal took the attack to their rivals but could not capitalize on City's second-half lethargy as Ruben Dias and John Stones stood stoic in defense as usual.
City moved to 59 points and remained 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester United who beat Newcastle 3-1 in another game later that evening with goals coming from Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and a Bruno Fernandes penalty.
Leicester City rode on first half goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes to beat Aston Villa 1-2 away at Villa Park and finish third on the points table and equal United's tally of 49.
As for Arsenal, the Emirates loss dealt a blow to their European hopes as they teetered at the edge of the top half on the 10th with 34 points from their 25 games, 11 points off the Top four and 6 behind sixth-placed Liverpool.
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