The fixture congestion has hit teams right below their metaphorical belt as far as injuries are concerned. Despite the medical rooms running over-time, top teams managed to pick up wins, some in a handsome fashion while the others in a very Lady Gaga fashion with late goals.Ai??The round, which will be remembered for the 20,000th goal scored in the English Premier League, saw Manchester United cutting Fulham into pieces at Craven Cottage, showing them the difference in class among teams in the Europa league, while Manchester City continued their flawless form with another win against League’s Rugby Union representative Stoke City.

Yossi Benayoun, who has never used his head in all his years of football playing, gave Arsenal a late winner with that particular head in one of the zillion corners Arsenal won last night. The entire Liverpool contingent paid a tribute to Suarez, first, by wearing ‘white’ shirts with the Uruguayan’s face on it, and then, by not scoring a penalty which was earned by the man himself. Two cracking games were played at Newcastle and QPR, but both home teams failed to win the 5-goal thrillers. Earlier in the week, Bolton won away at Blackburn, being the 5th away team to win in midweek.

20,000th Goal And An Israeli’s Head

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Somebody had to score it; Ryan Giggs, almost fittingly did it, but realized he had scored the 19,999th one in the game against Fulham. It was Marc Albrighton, who will be the answer to a number of quiz and trivia questions over the years, scoring the all-important 20,000th goal in Premiership history. His goal came off a defensive misunderstanding between a German and a Belgium, clearly a cross-cultural issue for the Gunners which they need to look into.

Earlier, Robin van Persie emulated Thierry Henry’s goal-scoring record in a calendar year; Alan ‘Big Daddy’ Shearer is now within sight – the Dutchman has two games to beat the Englishman’s record. As somebody mentioned on twitter, with his current form, we might end up seeing the 30,000th goal in the league before the end of the year.Ai??As the match drew towards a tame closure, in one of the many corners that Arsenal got last night, Yossi Benayoun headed home to give the Gunners a crucial three points away from home.

White Suarez Shirts Makes A Point At Wigan

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Patrice Evra, long-time fighter for World Peace, had earlier protested to the FA regarding a racist slur used on him by Luis Suarez. Pepe Reina and the entire Liverpool team showed their support for Suarez by wearing shirts of the man before the game at Wigan. It is unclear if they wanted to make a point about how dishonest FA is or if Evra is a liar, but they they managed to pick a point against an average Wigan outfit. Charlie Adam missed a penalty, the emotional nature of the occasion getting the better of him.

Manchester City And Manchester United Stay On Top

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Christmas Crackers At Newcastle And QPR

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Newcastle United hosted WBA at St James Park, to make amends to their recent slump after a dream start to the campaign. Despite Demba Ba’s goal-scoring efforts, that was not to be! The Baggies had a determined defense and their counter-attacks were always dangerous. Despite Krul’s usual acrobatics in goal, the home side conceded thrice to slip further in the league table.

Former Manchester United talisman Wes Brown scored very late in the game to hand Sunderland an incredible away win at Loftus Road. Stephane Sessegnon continued his terrific form in the league, being an integral part of every good move for the visitors. Arsenal’s Nicolas Bendtner chipped in with a goal too. Martin O’Neil’s journey starts from now as he attempts to take Sunderland out of the relegation zone and he has half a season of football to play.

Results Of Midweek *

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Wolves 2 – 2 Norwich

Blackburn 1 – 2 Bolton

Aston Villa 1 – 2 Arsenal

Man City 3 – 0 Stoke City

Newcastle 2 – 3 West Brom

Everton 1 – 0 Swansea

QPR 2 – 3 Sunderland

Wigan 0 – 0 Liverpool

Fulham 0 – 5 Man United

 

Team of Midweek

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*Tottenham Hostspur and Chelsea play tonight – Not included here.

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