Six of the best games from the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Premier League football will now pause for the summer after the completion of the 2020/21 season, a campaign that had no deficiency of event, drama, and entertaining battles.
The campaign began with a goal-fest over the opening weeks of the new season, the lack of fans originally made up for by some formless contests and shock results.
Manchester City overcame a stuttering start to verify themselves as the Premier League’s most exceptional again, whilst there were positive periods for Leicester, West Ham, Aston Villa, and Leeds, the latter fascinating on their return to the top tier.
As the dust settles on another memorable season, we’ve decided to look back at six of the best games from the 2020/21 season.
1.Liverpool 4-3 Leeds
The very first fixture of the 2020/21 season that ranks in the six of the best games from the 2020/21 Premier League campaign and was confirmed to be an enthralling clash between reigning champions Liverpool and newly-promoted Leeds, the guests far from overawed as they ran toe-to-toe with England’s best.
Liverpool led on four instants in an end-to-end game at Anfield, one which was decided just two minutes from time as Mohamed Salah made his hat-trick from the penalty spot following a inept foul from Leeds’ record signing Rodrigo.
Salah had started the scoring from the spot after just four minutes before Leeds leveled through Jack Harrison, only for Virgil van Dijk to power home a header to recover the Reds’ advantage.
Patrick Bamford capitalized on a Van Dijk mistake to bring Leeds level for a second time, though Salah’s remarkable second made it 3-2 to the hosts before the rest, in a breathless opening 45 minutes that saw both sides’ defending leave a lot to be desired.
Mateusz Klich’s fine shot looked to have earned Leeds a hard-fought point on Merseyside, but Rodrigo’s carelessness inside the box provided Salah with an opportunity to win the game in the closing scenes.
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2.Brighton 2-3 Manchester United
VAR has taken plenty of headings for all the erroneous reasons this summer, with the jury continuing out on the technology’s influence on the game in its current format.
Perhaps no fixture had more VAR drama than Manchester United’s exciting win at Brighton in September, a game that saw the Red Devils granted a penalty after the full-time whistle.
It was a strange end to an incredible game of incident, one which saw Brighton hit the woodwork a monstrous five times before falling victim to Bruno Fernandes’ penalty 10 minutes into stoppage time.
Brighton had taken the lead through a penalty of their own that Neil Maupay converted, though United equalized just three minutes later through a Lewis Dunk own goal.
Marcus Rashford’s excellent solo effort put the Red Devils back ahead, but Solly March’s 95th-minute equalizer looked to have rescued a deserved point for Brighton.
There proved one last stab in the tail for the Seagulls however, Maupay’s handball at the death sparking a VAR review following Chris Kavanagh’s full-time whistle, the referee then pointing to the spot to let Fernandes convert one of the latest goals in Premier League history.
3.Leeds 1-1 Manchester City
Leeds’ early-season encounter with Manchester City saw Marcelo Bielsa take on Pep Guardiola, the latter having mentioned the former amongst his most distinguished managerial influences.
The match between Guardiola and his mentor failed to disappoint, as the two teams went head-to-head in a magnificent 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Raheem Sterling began the scoring with an exceptional finish as Manchester City controlled the opening exchanges, attacking the Leeds goal on innumerable occasions as the newly-promoted side grappled to restrain the visitors.
Leeds roared back however and began creating chances of their own, Ederson doing superbly to make saves from both Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling
The game started up in the second half and Leeds got their equalizer through Rodrigo following Ederson’s mistake, securing a justified point in a fixture that saw two of the division’s most watchable sides go all out for victory.
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4.Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool
England’s top tier is often labeled as the most competitive major league in Europe, with subversions far from unique everywhere in the Premier League.
The opening weeks of the summer saw some shock outcomes of epic dimensions, however, as Leicester scored five to punish Manchester City at the Etihad, and Tottenham hit Manchester United for six.
Perhaps the biggest shock came at Villa Park, however, as Liverpool became the first ruling champions since 1953 to allow seven times in a top-flight league fixture, the Reds’ weaknesses exposed ruthlessly by a resurgent Aston Villa.
Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick to declare himself as a new supporters’ favorite of the Holte End, whilst Jack Grealish had a straight hand in five goals in an electrifying display from the Villa captain.
Liverpool had won all three of their league games heading into this encounter, but this was an end to the champion’s quality as Villa ran riot in one of the most astonishing scorelines in Premier League history.
5.Tottenham 3-3 West Ham
Everyone adores a good recovery, don’t they?
Even by the Premier League’s types, West Ham’s achievement act to secure a point at Tottenham was rather unique with the Hammers three goals down with just eight minutes remaining against their London rivals.
Spurs had galloped into a three-goal advantage inside the opening 16 minutes, Son Heung-Min nicking the first after just 45 seconds before Harry Kane’s double put the north Londoners in control and terrorized an upsetting evening for West Ham.
David Moyes’ side pulled one back eight minutes from time when Fabian Balbuena headed home, before Davinson Sanchez’s own goal set up a theater finish.
Gareth Bale – on his first debut since returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid – fumbled a brilliant opportunity to put the result beyond doubt, a costly blunder as a magnificent clash had an unusual ending.
West Ham salvaged a point in the 94th-minute in truly remarkable style, Manuel Lanzini scoring arguably the Goal of the Season from distance to spark exuberant celebrations.
6.Newcastle 3-4 Manchester City
Sometimes the best games come when there’s scarce at stake, the lack of urgency leaving two teams to rise with the handcuffs off.
Newcastle’s home clash with Manchester City this month was one such moment, the Magpies clear of a relegation fight and facing a City side that had just been installed champions.
It confirmed an exhibition of attacking football as City twice came from behind to win a seven-goal thriller, Ferran Torres scoring a superb hat-trick for Pep Guardiola’s side at St James’ Park.
Torres’ brilliant treble made it a record 12 back-to-back away victories for the 2020/21 champions, with Joao Cancelo also on target to cancel out Newcastle goals from Emil Krafth, Joelinton, and Joe Willock.
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Six of the best games from the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.