Boxing Day, a holiday planned for the spectator, gave a show and above all goals: twenty-eight in the five games that were played, an average of more than five goals in each of the clashes.
It was a great date; a party, an exhibition on the field of play that calmed the mood slump generated by the health situation and the unstoppable growth of infected that has changed the pace of the conference programs.
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Boxing Day started in a big way. Marked by the suspension of three games due to the coronavirus he contemplated abundant goals and of all kinds.
The Covid-19 did not let play
Liverpool-Leeds United, Wolverhampton-Watford and Burnley-Watford were not disputed, the list of duels of the nineteenth day that are part of the fifteen games canceled by the coronavirus so far in December.
But the day met expectations and tradition. If Boxing Day is a day dedicated to the fan, the fan could not be disappointed. There was a show in every stadium.
In the first section of the session, in the early duels, twenty-two goals were achieved in just four games. Nine goals were seen at the Etihad Stadium, in a tribute to football in which Manchester City beat Leicester 6-3.
Pep Guardiola’s team reached the break with 4-0 (Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ikay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling). But the ‘foxes’ got to put 4-3 (James Maddison, Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho).
A final arreón from the leader dispelled the uncertainty and gave the ninth victory in a row to City (Aymeric Laporte and Sterling). At Carrow Road, Arsenal scored five goals for their fourth consecutive win. They beat bottom, Norwich (0-5) with a double by Bukayo Saka which was joined by targets from Kieran Tierney, Alexander Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe.
Five goals were also in the London Stadium although the score was much tighter. Southampton beat West Ham (2-3) in a balanced match until the end that brought the visitors out of the pothole.
The Norwegian Mohammed Elyounoussi, James Ward-Prowse and the Polish Jan Bednarek scored the goals for Ralf Hasenhuttl’s team. The Jamaican Michael Antonio and the Algerian Said Benrahma achieved those of the David Moyes team.
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium the public enjoyed the London derby with three goals and a clear victory for their team (3-0) against Crystal Palace. Harry Kane, Brazilian Lucas Moura and Korean Heung-Min Son scored. There was no scoring brake.
The next match, that of Birmingham, between Aston Villa and Chelsea, had another four goals (1-3). In the exhibition of the Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who scored one of them, the Italian Jorginho doubled, with two penalties. An own goal by Reece James was the only goal for the ‘villains’.
The end of the party was at Amex Stadium in the last match of Boxing Day. Brighton was reunited with victory, after eleven games, against the recently promoted Brentford (2-0).
Belgian Leandro Trossard and Frenchman Neal Maupay joined the list of scorers for the day. Twenty-eight goals in total in just five games, close to the historical one in 1963, when they were achieved on Boxing Day 66 in the ten games that were played.
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Boxing Day gives away 28 goals in five games