Chelsea 2 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, December 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea centre-half Alex found himself in the inside right channel against Pompey, and after forcing his way along the touchline his pull-back was converted by Nicolas Anelka after 23 minutes. Ashley Cole whistled a shot past the right hand post just before the break as the Blues looked for a second. Against the odds Pompey levelled five minutes after the break when an O’Hara free-kick deflected into Frederic Piquionne’s path and the striker whacked the ball past Petr Cech. Chelsea retook the lead ten minutes from time when Frank Lampard slotted home a penalty after Ivanovic was tripped by Marc Wilson.
Liverpool 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, December 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) David Ngog jumped high to glance home an Aurelio cross from the right as Liverpool took an 8th minute lead over Wigan. Dirk Kuyt was denied handing Liverpool a second when Kirkland pulled off a point-blank save. (First half highlights here.) Fernando Torres made sure of the points for Liverpool with a second 11 minutes from time as El Nino ran onto a ball over the top and beat Kirkland after seeing his initial shot blocked by Bramble. A late goal from Charles N’Zogbia proved mere consolation for the Latics. (Second half highlights here.)
Tottenham 3 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, December 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) In the battle of the hopeful Top Four gatecrashers, Spurs moved ahead of City when a Lennon cross from the right was met by Crouch and Nico Kranjcar was on hand to smash home the rebound. Jermain Defoe’s 14th goal of the season gave Spurs a crucial 2-goal lead, the serial-goalscorer crashed home a Crouch knock-down as the big man/little man combo worked a treat. Woeful City defending allowing Lennon to take out three defenders with a pass to Nico Kranjcar from a short corner that the Croatian put between Given’s leg for Tottenham’s third.
Burnley 1 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, December 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Tenacity from Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas put the Gunners in front at Burnley as the skipper harasses Carlisle out of possession on the edge of the Clarets box and the Spaniard side-footed his effort past Jensen. The Clarets equalised just before the half hour when Vermaelen fouled Bikey in the Arsenal and Graham Alexander converted from 12 yards.