Liverpool steal Everton win as Chelsea down Fulham, Arsenal sink Spurs
London: Arsenal have came out on top in the north London derby, sinking rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a scintillating match. In other derbies on Sunday, Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 in an injury time thriller, and Chelsea downed Fulham 2-0.
Liverpool forward Divock Origi celebrates after snatching a last-gasp win against Everton at Anfield.Credit:AP
At Anfield, Divock Origi capitalised on a rare Jordan Pickford mistake in the 96th minute to head the ball home to give Liverpool a last-gasp victory over local rivals Everton.
The results leaves Liverpool two points behind Manchester City on the table and maintains Liverpool's 16-game unbeaten League run over Everton.
At the Emirates, a brace from Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira helped to overhaul goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane, who notched up his eighth in eight derbies.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the spot against London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Credit:AP
Aubameyang gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot in the 10th minute after a clumsy handball by Spurs' Jan Vertonghen, who flung up his arm to knock a corner kick off course and prevent Shkodran Mustafi from heading the ball goalwards.
Tottenham flipped the match on its head within the half with goals from Dier and Kane, the former heading in from a Christian Eriksen free kick and Kane scoring from the spot after Son Heung-min was judged to have been brought down in the area.
At Stamford Bridge, goals in each half from Spain's Pedro and homegrown midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over south-west London rivals Fulham.
N'Golo Kante dispossessed Jean Michael Seri in the middle of the pitch in the fourth minute on Sunday and sent a perfectly weighted pass to Pedro who stepped inside and fired low with his left foot into the bottom corner.
Chelsea’s Pedro celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal against Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Credit:AP
Chelsea buzzed round their neighbours' goal for the rest of the half without finding a way through and bottom club Fulham, who won their first game under former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri last week, grew in confidence in the second half.
Fulham earned their best chances through the lively Calum Chambers who forced Kepa Arrizabalaga into two diving saves.
Yet their hopes were snuffed out in the 82nd minute when Eden Hazard fed substitute Loftus-Cheek and the England midfielder knocked the ball home.
"Today we were a little tense, nervous," Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said. "It wasn't easy the days after Tottenham for me and the players. It was important to react. In the mind of the players there was only the result."
Sarri left striker Alvaro Morata on the bench, but it did not look like goals would be in short supply after Pedro broke the deadlock so early in the match, with Chelsea's 1000th home Premier League goal.
Yet even against the league's most porous defence, Chelsea struggled to create a killer chance to make it 2-0.
Fulham's resistance was broken late on when Loftus-Cheek found the net on his 50th Premier League appearance.
"We needed that second goal," Loftus-Cheek said. "They looked dangerous at times. When I get the opportunity I just do my best."
The second goal killed off any hope Fulham had of a comeback, but Ranieri took the positives from his second match in charge.
"We made good decisions in a short time," Ranieri said. "We had good chances to draw, but they scored the second. They have quality players, Hazard is amazing. I am satisfied by the performance, not the result."
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