LONDON, Sporting Alert – Here are the scores from the English Premier League games taking placing on a very busy Monday, Dec. 28. It was a seven-goal thriller between Everton and Stoke City. Who won it?
The action was packed at The Hawthorns between West Bromwich and Newcastle with Karl Darlow, in his English Premier League debut staying busy for The Magpies.
James Morrison, Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe were all lively in the first half for West Bromwich, but there were no goals to talk about until the 78th minute when former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher got the breakthrough — heading home a cross from Claudio Yacob.
Anichebe had a great chance to double the lead for West Brom in the 82nd minute but Darlow pulled off a good save to keep the scoreline at 1-0.
EVERTON 3, STOKE CITY 4
At Goodison Park, Xherdan Shaqiri netted his first goal in the EPL for Stoke City, finishing off a nice move in the 17th minute that also involved Bojan and Marko Arnautovic, who played him open to side-foot home.
Shaqiri added a brilliant second for the Potters in the 45 minute when he fired over the head of Tim Howard and into the far corner of the goal. His sublime finish is certainly the best goal I have seen so far this season, and it is a candidate, right now, for goal of the year.
However, it was Arnautovic, who settled things from the penalty spot after he won and took the spot kick one minute into stoppage time as Stoke City won the game 4-3.
Everton had grabbed an equaliser in the 22nd minute when James McCarthy played a pass to Romelu Lukaku inside the box for the Belgian striker to hold off his man, turned and then fired past Jack Butland for his seventh goal in seven games in the Premier League.
And it was Lukaku again who scored for Everton to make it 2-2 — taking down a pass from Tom Cleverley brilliantly on his chest, before slotting home low into the corner of the goal in the 64th minute of play for his 15th goal of the season.
Ross Barkley then delivered a sitter for Gerard Deulofeu to tap home from point-blank range in the 71st minute to give Everton a 3-2 lead.
Stoke City pushed-and-pushed and came up with another goal with substitute Joselu blasting home past Howard to make it 3-3 in the 71st minute before Arnautovic scored the winning goal.
WATFORD 1, TOTTENHAM 2
Tottenham grabbed the lead over Watford in the 17th minute when Erik Lamela picked up a pass in midfield and easily guided home past the goalkeeper after breaking away at goal on a one-on-one run.
But the red-hot striker Odion Ighalo muscled his way past his marker, Eric Dier, in the box to score his 14th goal of the season and drew Watford level at 1-1 in the 41st minute.
Tottenham collected all three points, though, finding a late winner in the 89th minute through Heung-Min Son, who delicately guide home a cross past the keeper.
Nathan Ake was sent off for Watford in the 63rd minute.
NORWICH 2, ASTON VILLA 0
Jonny Howson delivered a super finish to give Norwich City the lead in the 24th minute over Aston Villa after he volleyed home under Brad Guzan, following a chipped cross by Nathan Redmond which came off the Dieumerci Mbokani and was poorly cleared by Ciaran Clark.
Mbokani made it 2-0 in the 87th minute — heading home a teasing cross from Wes Hoolahan from the left-hand side.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Everton 3-4 Stoke City
West Brom 1-0 Newcastle
Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea
Watford 1-2 Tottenham
Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa