Premier League: Ebere Eze’s Palace Humiliated As Alex Iwobi Impressive Form Continues in Everton’s win.
By Omolagba Oluwayemi
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored twice as Liverpool hit seven past Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, BSNsports.com.ng reports.
Firmino, Salah, Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson were all on the scoresheet as the champions overwhelmed Roy Hodgson’s side with a stunning away performance.
Manchester City returned to winning ways in the Premier League and reduced the gap to the top four with a hard-fought victory over in-form Southampton at St Mary’s.
Raheem Sterling swept in from Kevin de Bruyne’s cutback after 16 minutes as Pep Guardiola’s side stamped their authority following the hosts’ energetic start.
Everton moved up to second in the Premier League while piling more misery on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal with a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.
Everton took the lead when Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flicked header from Alex Iwobi’s cross deflected off Gunners captain Rob Holding and into his own net (22), but Arsenal levelled with Nicolas Pepe’s penalty after Tom Davies’ foul on Ainsley Maitland-Niles (35).
Everton went into half-time ahead thanks to Yerry Mina’s near-post header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner (44), and Arsenal came closest in a quieter second half as David Luiz hit the woodwork with a deflected effort after Jordan Pickford had fumbled a cross.
The defeat is Arsenal’s 8th of the season.
Callum Wilson scored his eighth goal of the season as a patched-up Newcastle earned a point against 10-man Fulham at St James’ Park.
The Magpies were second best to the visitors, who came to St James’ Park on the back of two credible draws.
Having taken a first-half lead, Scott Parker’s men looked good for their first win since the 30 November. However, that all changed 62nd minute when they suffered the double blow of Joachim Andersen’s sending-off followed by Wilson’s equaliser.
The point lifts Steve Bruce’s men up to 12th on 18 points, while Fulham are in 17th with 10 points.