The much-awaited Premier League gameweek 4 has finally come to a close. It has in no way disappointed viewers and pundits with its array of exciting match-ups. Here’s how the 4th week of the 2021/22 season shaped up –
CRY 3-0 TOT: Gameweek 4 opened with Palace taking on Spurs at Selhurst Park. The Eagles cruised to an easy victory with new signing Edouard bagging a brace to trump Tottenham.
Things went downhill for Spurs for defender Japhet Tanganga saw red (58′ min) for a crunching tackle. After that, Palace were quick to take control. Zaha was first on the score sheet, converting a penalty. New boy Edouard then stepped up late to net twice to complete a dream debut.
ARS 1-0 NOR: After a very worrying start to the campaign, the Gunners picked up their first 3 points of the season. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped home from close range following a deflected effort from Nicolas Pepe. The goal was controversial as VAR reviewed and allowed the goal to stand. Norwich handed debuts to Christos Tzolis and Andrew Omobamidele.
BRE 0-1 BHA: Brighton registered their 3rd win of the season in an intense game with promoted side Brentford. A late strike (90′ min) from forward Leandro Trossard saw the Seagulls grab 3 points. After a quick give-and-go with Mac Allister, Trossard popped up to fire past David Raya.
LEI 0-1 MCI: Leicester City were narrowly beaten by the champions. The Foxes were handling pressure from City well into the game. Manchester City dominated possession for long periods. They did create several chances but so did Leicester.
However, it was City who made the breakthrough. Jack Grealish layed the ball to Cancelo on the edge of the box. The Portuguese’s low drilled effort was deflected straight into Bernado Silva who never looked like missing.
MUN 4-1 NEW: Then came the most awaited game of the week. Dismissing much speculation, Solskjaer handed Cristiano Ronaldo a start. The 4-time Ballon d’or winner was never in any doubt as he did what he does best. Ronaldo marked his return with a brace to rock a lively Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes produced a stunning effort from outside the box to make it 3. Jesse Lingard bagged late in the 90th minute to make it 4 and round off an easy victory. Newcastle did manage to pull one back through Manquillo but after that it was all about the Red Devils.
SOU 0-0 WHU: The 6th game was hard-fought between the Saints and the Hammers that ended in a stalemate. Southampton took another point, making it 3 points in 4 games. Neither side played to their full potential.
However, youngster Borja coming on livened the Saints with his energy. West Ham faced a major blow when in-form striker Antonio saw red for a late challenge on Djenepo. He faces a 1-match-ban.
WAT 0-2 WOL: Wolves secured their first away win of the season under Bruno Lage. After an evenly-fought 70 minutes, Wolves broke the deadlock. Failure to clear a dangerous cross from Wolves’ Marcal saw Francisco Sierralta score an own goal. Shortly after, debutant Hwang Hee-chan slotted home a rebounded effort from Marcal.
CHE 3-0 AVL: Aston Villa were able to hold out against the Blues for about 15 minutes. Lukaku opened the scoring after wrong-footing the defence following a Kovacic through ball. Kovacic followed Lukaku on the score sheet after a Mings blunder allowed the Croatian to capitalize. The big Belgian rounded off a convincing victory beating Steer at his near-post.
LEE 0-3 LIV: Liverpool continued their unbeaten run to make it 11 wins from 11 since April. While, Leeds have failed to win any of their opening 4 games in a top-flight campaign for the first time since 1958-59.
After patient build-up, Alexander-Arnold squared the ball for Salah to slot home for his 100th Premier League goal. Fabinho added a second following a scramble to clear in the box. Sadio Mane netted to make it 3 after a sharp turn and a rocket of an effort.
EVE 3-1 BUR: Everton blow away Burnley in a 6-minute spell to claim the victory. Ben Mee steered home a header following a pin-point delivery from Gudmundsson. However, their lead was short-lived when 13 minutes later, Everton were in the driving seat.
Keane powered in a header to level the scores. An incredible dipping strike from Townsend made it 2-1. A minute later, Doucoure picked out Gray with a superb pass as the winger raced past the Burnley defence to slot past Pope.
Thus, the spotlight of the Premier League gameweek 4 was a fairytale return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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