Five astonishing incidents from Saturday's Premier League games
As many as 17 goals were scored across six Premier League games on Saturday, with Chelsea and Crystal Palace getting 4-1 win over Sheffield United and Leeds United respectively. The most surprising result of all, however, was Manchester United' 3-1 win over Everton away from home; a game where Bruno Fernades starred to scored a brace while providing an assist to Edinson Cavani's goal. Brighton vs Burnley was the only goalless affair on the day, while Southampton secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United despite missing Danny Ings. West Ham United, on the other hand, survived a scare to get a 1-0 win over Fulham.
These six games did produce plenty of goals combined, but there also were plenty of incidents that were simply astonishing. We take a look at five:
James Rodriguez's no-look header
Everton failed to test the Manchester United defence for a better part of the game on Saturday, but a certain James Rodriguez was able to produce some silky South American extravaganza by passing the ball with a no-look header. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino has time and again entertained the Premier League faithful with such trickery, but Rodriguez's quirk was simply one of a kind. Have a look at it yourself:
Pickford does it, AGAIN!
Days after being in the spotlight for his challenge on Virgil van Dijk, which could potentially rule him out of the season, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford dropped a free-kick right at the feet of the manchester United keeper Harry Maguire. VAR did intervene, but Michael Oliver decided not to take any action and the keeper went away without punishment.
Bamford's HAND was offside
After Crystal Palace had taken the lead against Leeds United, Patrick Bamford had put the game back to the square one only for his goal to be disallowed after being adjudged offside because of the change in the handball law. The 27-year-old was well and truly within the final defensive line, and the only part breaching the law was his arm; something that he simply cannot use while scoring a goal. Here's the logical explanation to why he was deemed offside:
You're a wizard, Hakim
Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech produced a sublime performance in his side's 4-1 win over Sheffield United. The former Ajax winger got two assists on the day but that certainly wasn't his only highlight of the night. Taking on Ben Osborn on the right-hand side of the field, the Morocco international left the 26-year-old completely baffled with an awe-inspiring skill while dragging the ball back before sprinting up on the field.
Ademola Lookman with a failed Panenka
Fulham were awarded a lifeline in the dying minutes of their away game against West Ham United after Said Benrahma brought Tom Cairney down in the box. After the away team were given a penalty, 23-year-old Ademola Lookman decided to come up for the spot-kick. The youngster attempted a cheeky chip, but with no real power in his shot, Lukasz Fabianski managed to keep it out and won the game for his team.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Catherin Ivill