Premier League leaders Chelsea slipped up on the weekend as their three title rivals made up ground, prompting the premiership race to really heat up.
That had the Villa Park fans rocking before Jose Mourinho’s side were another man down when Willian’s fellow Brazilian Ramires was given his marching orders for a horror injury-time tackle on Karim El Ahmadi.
The 1-0 loss has Chelsea sitting just four points above second-placed Liverpool and third-placed Arsenal, who both have a game in hand, while fourth-placed Manchester City are just six points behind with three extra fixtures to play.
Liverpool beat arch rivals Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a pair of penalties from captain Steven Gerrard and a late goal from Luis Suarez, which took his season tally to 25, while United’s Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a fourth time against the Reds.
Arsenal kept up appearances with a 1-0 victory over North London enemies Tottenham courtesy of Tomas Rosicky’s fine second-minute strike at White Hart Lane while Manchester City managed to beat Hull City 2-0 at the KC Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side shrugged off the early loss of captain Vincent Kompany to a red card to score either side of the break. David Silva opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a stunning curler from range before Edin Dzeko neatly finished a stunning through ball from the Spaniard in the final minute.
Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman scored a late winner as Everton edged relegation battlers Cardiff City 2-1 at Goodison Park, bottom-placed Fulham produced a much-needed 1-0 victory over Newcastle United as West Bromwich Albion came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 for Pepe Mel’s first win as manager.
Southampton won 4-3 at St Mary’s Stadium over Norwich City. The Saints skipped away to a three-goal lead courtesy of goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez at home before the Canaries responded with two goals inside 65 seconds.
Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass had the Saints on tenterhooks before Mauricio Pochettino’s side grabbed a fourth through Sam Gallagher, who netted his first top flight goal, deep into injury-time.
2013/14 Barclays Premier League – season scores
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