LONDON: On Sunday, a 90-minute goal by striker Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City a 2-1 victory in the Premier League at Sheffield United, lifting the Foxes back into the top four and leaving the Blades rooted to the bottom of the table.
After extending their winless league streak to 14 games going back to the end of last season, Leicester climbed up to third on 21 points from 11 games, while Sheffield United remained in last place on one point.
After Oliver McBurnie cancelled out an Ayoze Perez opener for the hosts, Vardy netted a hallmark winner as he sped clear through the centre and steered his shot past Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
As he powered in a close-range volley, Perez gave the Foxes a 24th-minute advantage, but McBurnie equalised three minutes later when he headed a John Lundstram corner home.
On his return to the squad after injury, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha netted twice and Christian Benteke also captured a brace in the second half as they cruised to a 5-1 victory over 10-man West Bromwich Albion.
After hiring Covid-19 by curling the ball in his 200th Premier League start, Ivorian Zaha marked his return from self-isolation and doubled his count by tapping home after a fine run from Eberechi Eze to secure the Hawthorns victory.
Benteke got his first campaign goal with a header and then scored late as Roy Hodgson of Palace equaled the record for most victories for a manager against his former teams in the Premier League, matching Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce on 11 wins.
Palace brightly started the game and got the breakthrough when Zaha’s whipped cross was turned into the net in the eighth minute by West Brom defender Darnell Furlong after a short free kick.
By setting up Conor Gallagher, who rolled in the equaliser for his second goal in as many league games, Furlong made amends later in the first half.
But when promoted West Brom a man went down, the game changed as Matheus Pereira was fired after a tussle for kicking out at Patrick van Aanholt..
On Saturday, Manchester United roared back to beat West Ham United 3-1 while Chelsea climbed to the top of the table and the same result over Leeds United as supporters returned for the first time in nine months to the English top-flight.
United dropped behind at the London Stadium, but recovered to triumph for the fifth straight away league match when a three-goal blitz from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford turned the tables after half-time in a 13-minute spell.
United is one point clear of Manchester City, who cruised 2-0 past Fulham earlier. But after Tomas Soucek’s goal seven minutes before half-time gave West Ham a justified lead at the break, they were required to inspire a second-half turnaround.
Cheered on in their cavernous 60,000-seat stadium by 2,000 people, the Hammers should have been further ahead, but their opportunities were squandered.
In the 65th minute, Pogba began the fightback with a superb strike and minutes later, United were ahead, turning Greenwood and shooting home in the area.
As United looked to extend their lead, Rashford hit a post, and it was the England striker who made it 3-1 12 minutes from time.
As fans make their return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March, Chelsea also returned from a goal down to win 3-1. As he took advantage of confusion in the Chelsea defence to round Edouard Mendy and slot home his eighth goal of the season, Patrick Bamford gave Leeds a shock early lead.
By clearing his strike partner’s goalbound header into the crossbar, Timo Werner denied Giroud a swift response.
However after scoring four against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday, Giroud, who won a rare Premier League debut, levelled off Reece James’s low cross on 27 minutes.
In the Leeds net, Illan Meslier ensured Werner managed to have a tough night in front of the goal, but when Kurt Zouma headed home Mason Mount’s corner, Chelsea eventually made their opportunities count.
And Werner became Christian Pulisic’s supplier in stoppage time to win all three points.
With Raheem Sterling bringing them ahead inside five minutes to end his latest goal slump after a delightfully weighted Kevin De Bruyne through-ball, City made a superb start at the Etihad.
After Sterling was taken down by Joachim Andersen, De Bruyne doubled the lead from the penalty spot.