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Burnley v Manchester City, Chelsea v Brentford: clockwatch – live!
April 2, 2022
A late scare for Bournemouth, with Andreas Weimann pulling one back for City.
“Things are no clearer at the foot of the Bundesliga than they were at the start of the day,” writes Kári Tulinius. “Four teams, from second to fifth bottom, are still separated by only one point after two of those sides, Arminia Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart drew 1-1. A third, Hertha Berlin, lost to Bayer Leverkusen. Augsburg, the fourth of those clubs, has two games in hand, so have every opportunity to make their escape.”
Brighton 0-0 Norwich It sounds like Brighton have missed a million chances in this game, including Neal Maupay’s comedy penalty, but they are at least on course to end their six-match losing run.
“Afternoon Rob,” says Tom Hopkins. “As well as players, the parachute payments system (amongst other things) has created a whole tier of clubs that are neither Championship nor Premiership (will Fulham ever play Norwich again?). There really are five divisions now. Including the mezzanine.”
Ollie Watkins’ penalty sneaks in off the post to give Villa a sniff at Molineux.
My days. The substitute Yoane Wissa, who has only just come on for Bryan Mbuemo, rattles a loose ball past Edouard Mendy. Brentford lead 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.
“Fulham will indeed be playing Premier League next season,” says Matt Dony. “And Mitrovic will score nine goals, three of which will come in an early feel-good win against a top-eight side which will remain the highlight of their campaign. Before he goes on to score about a million more times in the Championship the season after. It was ever thus.”
I’m fascinated by these mezzanine players. Didn’t Neal Redfearn play for a newly promoted side three years in a row in the late 1990s?
The substitute Siriki Dembele scores a fine goal to seal victory for Bournemouth, who are six points clear of third-placed Huddersfield with three games in hand.
A notable scoreline in south-east Wales: Cardiff 0-4 Swansea. Michael Obafemi has scored twice for Swansea, who are about to do the league double over Cardiff for the first time in their history.
Burnley 0-2 Manchester City The champions are breezing through the second half at Turf Moor. Burnley haven’t had a shot on target in the entire match, and their possession is hovering around 20 per cent.
“Greetings, Rob,” says Peter Oh. “Today’s date is 2/4/22 (4/2/22 here in the U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!). It’s football formation day!”
Him again, his 37th in the league this season. Fulham have been brilliant, and they’ll be playing Premier League football in 2022-23.
“The Highland League is hotting up, Rob, as the race for the title and a place in the pyramid play-off nears,” says Simon McMahon. “Fraserburgh are one point ahead of Buckie Thistle, but Buckie are currently 4-0 up at home to Strathspey, whereas Fraserburgh have a narrow 2-1 lead away at Rothes. Goal difference Fraserburgh +104, Buckie +103. Who needs Liverpool and Man City?”
An ultimately comfortable win for Bayern, though they had to work off to see off Freiburg. Marcel Sabitzer scored the fourth in added time.
Chelsea 1-3 Brentford This Christian Eriksen story, we’ll be talking about it forever.
This is surreal. Brentford have responded to going behind by scoring three in 11 minutes! Vitaly Janelt has scored his second, dinking the ball over Mendy after a marvellous through ball from Ivan Toney. A few weeks ago Brentford looked in serious trouble; the signing of Christian Eriksen has changed everything, and given us all one of the feelgood stories of this or any other season.
With all the excitement in the Premier League, I didn’t have time to tell you that Kingsley Coman has sealed victory for the Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Bournemouth have come from behind to lead. The first goal came from an expected source, Dominic Solanke. This one, less so: it’s only the fourth of Lewis Cook’s career.
He’s done it again! Christian Eriksen continues his incredible form with another accomplished finish. The goal actually came from a Chelsea corner. Mbuemo ran 60 yards and squared the ball to Eriksen, who clipped it over Mendy with his left foot.
It would have been enough for him to play football, any football. None of us expected him to play with such serene brilliance. At this rate, he’ll win the Ballon d’Or!
It’s all happening at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Rudiger put Chelsea ahead with an outrageous 35-yard blooter, but Vitaly Janelt spanked a fine equaliser within two minutes. That was a lovely team goal from Brentford, finished emphatically. And Rudiger’s goal was entirely ridiculous.
James Ward-Prowse equalises with yet another brilliant free-kick!
Brighton 0-0 Norwich Here’s an exclusive clip of Neal Maupay’s first-half penalty.
Peep peep! The second halves are under way in the 3pm kick-offs.
Bayern are back in front. Serge Gnabry has made it 2-1, and I wish it was on TV because then I could tell you what actually happened. Like Nils Petersen, Gnabry scored immediately after coming on as a substitute.
“Burnley never turn up against City and today is no exception,” says Rick Harris. “The Clarets may, however, get the record for the lowest possession in a PL game.”
According to the official Premier League site they had 21.1 per cent in the first half. I think the record is around 17 per cent, so they need to misplace a few more passes in the second half.
Well I never. Nils Petersen, who has only just come onto the field, equalises for Freiburg!
Peep peep! It’s half time in the 3pm kick-offs, and these are the scores in our featured games. The headline news is that Manchester City have put Burnley to sleep with the minimum of fuss and will be back on top of the Premier League by 5pm.
Leeds, surely, are staying up. Jack Harrison, who had a goal disallowed earlier in the game, has put them ahead against Southampton. It was a simple close-range finish after Forster failed to deal with an an awkward cross from Raphinha.
Neal Maupay has Jaapstammed a penalty into orbit, and Brighton’s miserable goallessness continues.
Burnley 0-2 Manchester City I think Gundogan’s volley took a slight deflection, which wrongfooted Nick Pope. Either way it was a lovely move from City, though I think Pope would have saved the shot without that touch off the defender.
It’s fair to say City have handled the pressure of Liverpool going above them earlier in the day. Ilkay Gundogan has put them 2-0 ahead after another superb move. Sterling played a one-two with De Bruyne on the right and picked out Gundogan, who cushioned a volley past Nick Pope.
Leeds 0-0 Southampton No goals at Elland Road but it sounds like a very entertaining game. If Leeds win today (and Burnley don’t beat Manchester City) they will be 10 points clear of the relegation places.
Burnley 0-1 Manchester City In the first 18 minutes, City had 84 per centof the possession.
WSL: West Ham 0-2 Manchester City
Here’s more on Manchester City’s fifth consecutive league win.
Half time: Freiburg 0-0 Bayern The leaders are being held by Freiburg. If it stays like that Bayern will be four points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who play RB Leipzig this evening.
Burnley 0-1 Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne’s right foot has a sweet spot the size of Gibraltar. The goal today probably isn’t in his top 30, yet it was still a thing of beauty.
The leaders Fulham are ahead at QPR, and I won’t insult your intelligence by telling you who scored the goal. It’s his 36th in the Championship this season.
Chelsea 0-0 Brentford It’s been a brilliant start from Brentford at Stamford Bridge. Christian Eriksen is running the show, and Ivan Toney has already missed two excellent chances to give them the lead.
And now Jonny has given Wolves the lead at Molineux. It was a comedy of errors from Villa’s point of view, though Jonny’s fnish was emphatic.
City take the lead with a brilliant goal. Rodri clipped an angled pass to Sterling on the right side of the area. He cushioned it back towards De Bruyne, who waited for the ball to bounce and slapped it imperiously into the top corner.
Burnley 0-0 Manchester City Josh Brownhill almost gives Burnley the lead with a superb looping header from the edge of the area. It beats Ederson and drifts just wide.