The Premier League provided its usual drama on Saturday with decisive penalties awarded in all but one match.
Chelsea came out late against Leeds United in a match that saw referee Chris Kavanagh award three penalties, while Manchester United secured a narrow victory thanks to another Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.
Liverpool also took advantage of the penalty when Steven Gerrard returned to Anfield with Aston Villa, and another 12-yard conversion helped Manchester City at home to Wolves.
Elsewhere, Arsenal have overtaken Southampton, who have yet to win at Emirates Stadium in 23 Premier League attempts, the longest winless run for an away club in the competition’s history.
With plenty of action to unpack, Stats Perform offers an in-depth look at the Opta fact collection from Saturday’s clashes.
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– Premier League (@premierleague) December 11, 2021
Manchester City 1-0 Wolves: Jimenez moment of madness gifts wins the citizens
Raheem Sterling hit a century of Premier League goals when City scraped from 10-man Wolves, who couldn’t resist after Raul Jimenez’s bizarre red card for two yellow cards in a matter of seconds.
Jimenez became the first Mexican player ever to receive a red card in the Premier League, making Mexico the 76th nation to have a player expelled from the competition.
Sterling then scored from the spot after Joao Moutinho was judged for managing, becoming the 32nd player to 100 goals in the Premier League and the eighth youngest at 27 years and three days.
Pep Guardiola’s side have maintained that slim lead and have now won 32 of 40 league games in 2021 (2N, 6P) – only Liverpool in 1982 (33) have won more games in a single calendar year in top flight history. English.
Chelsea 3-2 Leeds United: the set piece drama condemns the whites to another defeat in London
Leeds have a miserable London record, which has been extended to just two wins in their last 33 games in all competitions in the capital, despite Raphinha finding the net when a first penalty was awarded in favor of the visitors at Stamford Bridge.
Mason Mount canceled that opening, before Raphinha became the thirteenth player – and the first Leeds star – to score and concede a penalty in the same Premier League match when he knocked down Antonio Rudiger, allowing Jorginho to score.
Although Joe Gelhardt scored Leeds’ first top-flight goal by a teenager since James Milner against Everton in April 2004 to equalize the game again, Rudiger won a second penalty – the first Chelsea player to earn two. in a Premier League match since Yuri Zhirkov against Aston Villa in March 2010 – deep in stoppage time.
Jorginho set the score with his second from 12 yards after 93 minutes and 11 seconds, the Blues’ last winning goal in the competition since Florent Malouda’s goal against Stoke City in September 2009 (93:36).
88% – Of all players with at least eight Premier League goals (all-time), Chelsea’s Jorginho scored the highest penalty rate (88% – 15/17). Ice. pic.twitter.com/QshZIxbJz1
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2021
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa: Salah takes down shy Villans
Returning hero Gerrard was greeted with a standing ovation at Anfield, but the latest Kop king ensured his Villa team would leave empty-handed.
Mohamed Salah made a difference once again, the Egyptian international converted his 15th consecutive Premier League penalty, the second longest ever in the competition after Matt Le Tissier (23 between 1994 and 2000).
Salah is now only one game off Jamie Vardy’s record to score or watch in 15 consecutive Premier League games between August and December 2015.
This was Liverpool’s 100th 1-0 win in the competition and the second in a row for the first time since December 2015, requiring only one goal as Villa failed to record a single shot on goal in a league match for the first time. time since December 2019 against Sheffield United.
Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United: another Ronaldo save for the Red Devils
Ralf Rangnick singled out United’s defensive problems as a key area to resolve and there were more positive signs on that front, at least on the stats sheet.
Rangnick became only the second Manchester United manager to score a clean sheet in his first two league games since Ernest Mangnall in 1903.
United have been far from convincing in both defense and attack, however, once again relying on David de Gea and match winner Ronaldo, who won and scored United’s 50th spot-kick away in the Premier League – only Liverpool (60) have scored more goals of this kind in the history of the competition.
Ronaldo also became the third player to score for three different United managers in a single season after James Hanson and Joe Spence both did in 1926-27.
4 & 7 – No player has scored more Premier League winning goals this season than Cristiano Ronaldo (4, on par with Bernardo Silva), while only Jamie Vardy’s goals (8 points) have earned more points for his team than those of Ronaldo (7 points). Reliable. pic.twitter.com/bvLkbs8Zrq
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2021