EPL results  – Liverpool  beat Arsenal to go third; Ten-man Bournemouth hold Man U in fiery clash

​Manchester United 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Leicester City 3 – 1 Hull City

Stoke City 2 – 0 Middlesbrough

Swansea City 3 – 2 Burnley

Watford 3 – 4 Southampton

West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Crystal Palace

Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal

  • ​Manchester United 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester United were forced to settle for a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth – but two ugly clashes between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings grabbed the headlines.

Ibrahimovic’s failure from the spot could be compounded by a spell on the sidelines, with the Football Association sure to look at the Manchester United striker’s elbow and Tyrone Mings’ stamp after 10-man Bournemouth held out for a hard-fought point.

Ugly scenes and poor officiating overshadowed a thrilling lunchtime encounter as Marcos Rojo’s first ever Premier League goal was cancelled out by Josh King’s penalty as the first half ended chaotically.

Andrew Surman received the first red card of his career – awarded once blundering referee Kevin Friend realised he had booked the Bournemouth captain twice – having reacted angrily to Ibrahimovic’s elbow on Mings, who moments earlier stamped – inadvertently or otherwise – on the United striker.

The officials’ report will make for interesting reading as neither player was shown a card for incidents that could well lead to retrospective action from the FA.

Referee Friend’s display is also set to dominate column inches in the aftermath of a match Ibrahimovic looked set to win for United after Adam Smith was adjudged to have handled a Paul Pogba cross.

  • Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger was left to rue the gamble of dropping leading scorer Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal lost to Liverpool at Anfield and surrendered their top-four place as a result.

By the time the Frenchman corrected his mistake for the start of the second half the hosts were already ahead through goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Sanchez then compounded the scrutiny on his manager by providing the assist for Danny Welbeck’s goal, which changed the complexion of the game but not the result as Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped things up in added time.

Liverpool’s 3-1 win lifted them into third place, with the Gunners dropping to fifth only one point above Manchester United.

It was only the Reds’ second league win of 2017, the other coming at home to Tottenham, but extended Jurgen Klopp’s record against his top-six rivals to 19 points from nine games this season.

By contrast Wenger has won just three times in their last 24 away games at Anfield, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United and this performance gave him more questions to answer after an insipid first half played directly into Liverpool’s hands.

  • Leicester City 3 – 1 Hull City

Leicester continued to breathe new life into their Premier League survival bid under the guidance of Craig Shakespeare as he strengthened his claims for the manager’s job with victory against relegation rivals Hull.

Shakespeare, assistant to previous boss Claudio Ranieri, has won both matches in interim charge 3-1 after his side followed up Monday’s home victory over Liverpool with another three points.

Goals from Christian Fuchs and Riyad Mahrez and a Tom Huddlestone own goal overturned the lead given to Hull by Sam Clucas and gave the defending champions back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

  • Watford 3 – 4 Southampton

Manolo Gabbiadini continued his hot streak with a late goal as Southampton put their EFL Cup final defeat behind them with a 4-3 win at Watford.

Saints, beaten by Manchester United last Sunday, were trailing after four minutes as Troy Deeney volleyed in for his 100th league goal for Watford.

Dusan Tadic equalised and Redmond gave the visitors a deserved half-time lead, only for Stefano Okaka to level 11 minutes from time.

Gabbiadini pounced to punish Heurelho Gomes’ error and Redmond struck a fine fourth to give the visitors a win that their pace and movement warranted.

There was a nervy conclusion, though, as Watford substitute Abdoulaye Doucoure netted in stoppage time.

Saints’ previous Premier League game was the 4-0 win at Sunderland on February 11 and their next is at Tottenham on March 19, so Claude Puel was keen for a victory and got it as his side climbed to 10th place.

  • Swansea City 3 – 2 Burnley

Swansea hit back to earn a 3-2 win over Burnley – but referee Anthony Taylor’s embarrassing error claimed all the headlines at the Liberty Stadium.

Spain striker Fernando Llorente – who has scored precious goals this season against Liverpool and Crystal Palace – headed home a 90th-minute winner to ease Swans’ relegation fears.

Earlier, Andre Gray’s double, either side of goals from Llorente and Martin Olsson, looked like handing Burnley some rare away-day joy.

But the contest will unfortunately be remembered for the 20th-minute penalty Burnley were awarded when George Boyd’s corner escaped everyone before striking the arm of Clarets striker Sam Vokes.

Television replays showed Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson appealing for handball against Vokes, and there did not appear to be any other offence in a congested six-yard box.

But Taylor incensed Swansea players by pointing to the spot and Gray’s straight-down-the-middle kick cancelled out Llorente’s 12th-minute header.

  • West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace claimed a vital victory in their battle to beat relegation as they secured a hard-fought 2-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

      Wilfried Zaha lit up a poor Premier League encounter when he opened the scoring after a neat piece of skill after 55 minutes.

        Townsend wrapped up victory, Palace’s second in successive games, with a superb solo effort six minutes from time.

          The result lifted Palace out of the bottom three and indicated Sam Allardyce’s work is now starting to bear fruit after a frustrating start with the Eagles.

            The first half was a disjointed affair with little by way of goalmouth action.

              The rainbow which formed over the stadium amid the showers and sunshine was prettier than the game itself, which saw Jonny Evans bandaged around the head after a collision with Jason Puncheon.

                  • Stoke City 2 – 0 Middlesbrough

                  Middlesbrough dropped into the Premier League relegation zone as Marko Arnautovic’s first-half brace condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

                    Boro fell behind in the 29th minute via a fine strike from Arnautovic, who then added a close-range finish three minutes before half-time.

                      The Teesside outfit, who are winless in 10 league matches and have failed to score in their last four, are down a place to 18th in the table, with Crystal Palace moving up to 17th and three points clear of them with a 2-0 win at West Brom.

                      And while there was a disallowed goal for Ben Gibson in the second half here, Aitor Karanka’s side rarely looked like scoring at the Bet365 Stadium – and they might have lost by more, with Ramadan Sobhi hitting the bar early on and having a late header well saved by Victor Valdes.


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