|Newcastle players celebrate a historic result in front of their traveling fans on Sunday after destroying Sheffield 8-0 at Bramall Lane. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Liverpool kept the momentum at the top end of the table with their fifth straight win at home against West Ham on Sunday.
Mohammed Salah fired home from the spot after being hacked down in the West Ham area just fifteen minutes into the game, but it was against the run of play; Michail Antonio should have scored, and Thomas Soucek saw his header saved by Alison.
Darwin Nunez turned on the style, and he was a handful for the West Ham defense. It felt like Liverpool would go out of sight, but it was Jarrod Bowen who leveled matters for the visitors. The England winger got his head to a fine Vladimir Coufal cross to equalize with five minutes left on the first half clock.
Liverpool scored twice in the second half to beat West Ham 3-1, with Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota getting on the scoresheet. Next for Liverpool is a trip to Tottenham, while West Ham will be home to Sheffield United.
Speaking of the Blades, it was a day to forget for the fans at Bramall Lane as Newcastle came to town and rammed eight goals past Sheffield United. It was a record-breaking feat for the Geordies, who moved to eighth on the log with the rampaging result.
Eight different scorers got on the board on Sunday for Eddie Howe’s side. It started on a negative note with Harvey Barnes pulling his hamstring and having to be replaced by Anthony Gordon; it was the former Everton guy who got things rolling.
Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn, and Sven Botman all scored in the first half, with Wes Foderingham making saves after saves to keep it at 3-0. Callum Wilson was guilty of missing chances in the first half but made no mistake early in the second half to make it four.
Gordon, Miguel Almiron, and Bruno Guimaraes scored in quick succession to make it seven, and there was time for substitute Alexander Isak to make it eight not long after coming on. It was Sheffield’s heaviest defeat as well as Newcastle’s biggest-ever away win.
Chelsea lost at home again on Sunday, with Aston Villa recording a famous but rare victory at Stamford Bridge. Malo Gusto was sent off after a VAR review on a heavy tackle, and that set the tone for another better-forgotten day at the Bridge.
Unai Emery’s men took the initiative, and Moussa Diaby set Ollie Watkins up for the striker’s first goal of the season. Chelsea now sits seven points off the top six, nine off the fourth spot, and a whopping thirteen points off the top of the table.