It goes without saying that premier League is the most competitive league in the world. Many great players and managers operate in this league. This league has produced many great matches over its history and today we will have a look at some of the best Premier League matches ever.
From Sergio Aguero’s last gasp title winning goal to Manchester United’s hammering of Arsenal, from Tottenham’s mauling of Wigan to Liverpool’s comeback against Norwich, this list has it all. Here are the 20 best Premier League matches ever.
20. Norwich 4-5 Liverpool (Jan,2016)
Adam Lallana’s injury-time strike saw Liverpool edge a nine-goal thriller at Norwich in one of the most dramatic Premier League games of the season.
The Reds went 1-0 ahead with Roberto Firmino’s goal but Dieumerci’s Mbokani’s back heel levelled and Steven Naismith’s debut strike put the home side in front.
Wes Hoolahan added a penalty before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck,making it 3-3.Then James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastien Bassong netted in added time to send Carrow Road in wild celebrations as they thought Norwich have managed to earn a point,but Lallana scored in added time to win for the Reds.
19. Wigan 3-2 Arsenal (April,2010)
Arsenal went into the match still in with a shout of the title and after 48 minutes looked on course to stay in the hunt as well leave the hosts in relegation trouble following goals from Theo Walcott and Mikael Silvestre.
But then Wigan produced a turnaround to match any in Premier League history as they boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation by coming from two goals down in the last 11 minutes to earn a 3-2 win and leave Arsenal’s title aspirations in tatters.
With 80 minutes on the clock at the DW Stadium, Roberto Martinez’s Wigan Athletic were two goals down,but from absolutely nowhere Wigan staged a remarkable resurrection as first Ben Watson restored hope after meeting Victor Moses’ cutback from the byline and then Titus Bramble capitalised from a dreadful blunder from Lukasz Fabianski.
The drama was not done though and a minute into stoppage time, Charles N’Zogbia’s curling effort effectively ensured Wigan were safe for another year while all but ending Arsenal’s title hopes. This is undoubtedly, one of the best Premier League matches ever.
18. Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March,2014)
Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal turned out to be an occasion to forget for the Frenchman as his team were crushed by rivals Chelsea.
Arsenal were two behind after seven minutes, with first Samuel Eto’o and then Andre Schurrle benefiting from clinical Chelsea counter-attacking.
Eden Hazard’s penalty after a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handball all but finished the match as a contest.Oscar scored twice before Mohamed Salah inflicted more pain on the Gunners,making it 6-0 in favour of Chelsea.
17. Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic (Nov,2009)
Tottenham became just the second team to hammer in nine goals in a Premier League match, with an utterly ruthless second half display that left Wigan shell-shocked.
Jermain Defoe scored a seven-minute hat-trick and five overall as Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar also piled in with goals to strengthen their charge for a Champions League place under Harry Redknapp.
16. Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (Aug,2011)
Wayne Rooney was United’s inspiration with the sixth hat-trick of his Old Trafford career, but Ashley Young also made his mark with two stunning goals. Danny Welbeck, Nani and Park Ji-sung were the other scorers for United.
Theo Walcott reduced United’s three-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time but Robin van Persie’s strike late in the second half-represented no measure of consolation for a dispirited, broken Arsenal.
15. Everton 3-2 Wimbledon (May,1994)
In this game Everton pull off a historical come-back to escape relegation.The Blues needed to win in order to survive relegation.
Holding up “Good Luck Blues!” posters, Everton fans’ hearts quickly sank as Everton fell 2-0 to Wimbledon within 20 minutes of the first half.However there was hope when Limpar was hacked down to the ground and Everton got a penalty, Stuart scored which was vital.
In the second half and with less than 25 minutes left, Barry Horne scored a wonder goal as Everton were back in the game.Everton were getting closer and they got it with 9 minutes left, Graham Stuart got the goal and Everton stayed up.
Everton finished the season in 17th position.
14. West Ham 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur (March,2007)
West Ham were battling relegation when Spurs visited Upton park in March 2007.A Mark Noble strike and a Carlos Tevez free-kick put West Ham in control before Jermain Defoe scored a penalty after Lee Bowyer fouled Aaron Lennon.
Teemu Tainio volleyed Spurs level from Lennon’s audacious flick.However, Bobby Zamora gave West Ham the lead once again as the game entered its final minute of normal time.However,Dimitar Berbatov scored an excellent free kick in the final minute. The drama wasn’t over and a Spurs counter attack led to substitute defender Paul Stalteri to grab a winner in injury time.
13. Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United (Oct,1996)
Any heavy Manchester United defeat is remembered by fans of the victors, but this loss suffered by the Double winners was so magnificent that it was celebrated far more widely and is remembered as one of the best Premier League matches ever.
Darren Peacock scored the first, his header crossing the line despite the protestations of Peter Schmeichel.David Ginola’s outrageous second set the tone, while Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer made it 4-0 after the break.Just when the Manchester United fans thought that things couldn’t get any worse,Philippe Albert scored from 25 yards out to make it 5-0 in favour of Newcastle.
12. Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (Sep,2007)
Two Benjani goals had the home side, Portsmouth, leading 2–0 before Stephen Hunt struck on the stroke of half-time and David James then gifted Dave Kitson an equaliser,making the score 2-2.
Herman Hreidarsson restored Portsmouth’s lead, while James kept the lead intact by saving Nicky Shorey’s penalty.
Benjani restored the two-goal lead and Niko Kranjcar, Sean Davis (later credited to Ivar Ingimarsson via a huge deflection) and Sulley Muntari sealed victory, with Shane Long responding between that and a deflected Nicky Shorey strike was the final goal (this was also later credited as an own goal by Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell). With nine different scorers, the match also holds the record for the most goal scorers in a Premier League match.
11. Tottenham Hotspur 3-5 Man Utd (Oct,2001)
This game truly defined that football is a game of two halves. Surely, one of the best Premier League matches ever.
Spurs romped into a 3-0 half-time lead thanks to a debut goal from Dean Richards and one each from Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege, but Sir Alex Ferguson worked his magic in the champions’ dressing room during the break and United returned to the pitch for the second half like a wounded animal.
Andy Cole scored within a minute of the restart, which prompted goals from Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastien Veron and, finally, David Beckham to seal a memorable win for the Red Devils.
10. Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal (Oct,2010)
Liverpool were still chasing the title at this point in the season and their title hopes suffered a setback as they played out an astonishing 4-4 draw with Arsenal at Anfield.
The Gunners had taken a surprise 1-0 lead into half-time despite being firmly on the back foot for long periods, with Arshavin crashing the ball in off the crossbar after 36 minutes.
However, Liverpool scored two early goals in the second half to take the lead,with Yossi Benyaoun and Fernando Torres finding the back of the net. Yet, Arshavin struck again and scored two more in quick succession to complete his hat trick, only for Torres to equalize once more and it looked like an entertaining game has reached its fate with the score being 3-3.
However,there was more to come,Arshavin scored his fourth in the 90th minute after a quick counter attack but Benyaoun scored yet another Liverpool equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
9. Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Oct,2008)
Harry Redknapp’s first official game in charge of Spurs turned out to be one of the best Premier League matches ever. Spurs came back from behind at the Emirates Stadium to earn an unlikely point.
David Bentley’s brilliant early strike put Spurs ahead, but Mikael Silvestre headed Arsenal level before half-time. After the re-start William Gallas put Arsenal in front seconds and Emmanuel Adebayor scored their third.
Darren Bent pulled one back before Robin van Persie added Arsenal’s fourth – but Jermaine Jenas’s 89th-minute goal and Lennon’s tap-in in the final minute of the added time earned Spurs a point.
8. Man Utd 4-3 Man City (Sep,2009)
Wayne Rooney gave United the lead after just a bit more than one minute, but Gareth Barry was able to equalise after a quarter of an hour. Midfielder Fletcher then entered the frame, scoring on 49 minutes. A quick equaliser from Bellamy made sure the scores were levelled after 52 minutes.
With ten minutes remaining, Fletcher made it 3–2. The game was far from won for United, however, since Bellamy scored a dramatic equaliser on 90 minutes. However, lots of time was added on, and in the sixth additional minute, substitute Michael Owen struck 4–3 from close range to cap a remarkable derby.
7. Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal (Feb,2011)
Theo Walcott and Johan Djourou put Arsenal 2-0 up before the fourth minute, before Robin van Persie scored two more, sending the Gunners 0-4 up into the half-time.
However,Newcastle has something spectacular in store for the second half.Soon after the re-start Abou Diaby saw red for pushing Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan,providing Newcastle the opportunity to make a comeback.
Barton scored penalties either side of a strike from Leon Best making it 3-4.And then it was a blistering strike from Tiote, who showed great technique to volley the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards with three minutes of normal time left, to level the scores. Undoubtedly, one of the best Premier League matches ever.
6. Man Utd 1-6 Man City (Sep,2011)
Manchester City inflicted Manchester United’s worst home defeat since February 1955 as they thrashed the champions in ruthless fashion.
Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for the away side and added a second after half time. It all went wrong for United when Johnny Evans was sent off for bringing down the Italian striker, before Sergio Aguero added a third. Darren Fletcher pulled one back for the home side, which some thought would spark a fightback.
Yet, City went on to score three more,Substitute Edin Dzeko scrambled in a fourth and the magnificent David Silva ran clear to add another, before Dzeko scored his second to make it 1-6. This game is widely regarded as one of the best Premier League matches ever.
5. Wigan 3-2 West Ham (May,2011)
West Ham United were relegated to the Championship as Wigan Athletic staged a dramatic recovery from two goals down to keep their hopes of Premier League survival alive with victory at the DW Stadium.
To stand a chance of surviving relegation West Ham needed three points at fellow relegation scrappers Wigan and a Fulham win at Birmingham. All looked rosy for Avram Grant’s side for nearly an hour, as both they and Fulham went two goals clear – but where the Cottagers held on to win, the Hammers collapsed into ignominy despite Demba Ba’s first-half double.
Charles N’Zogbia took charge to start and finish an inspired Wigan comeback. Twelve minutes into the second half, the Frenchman curled a delightful free-kick into the top corner, before Connor Sammon – thrown on at half-time – equalised in the 68th minute.
With time ticking down,N’Zogbia cut in from the right and squeezed a shot under Rob Green in the fourth minute of added time. Wigan got the win, West Ham got that sinking feeling and Avram Grant got the sack.
4. Arsenal 3-2 Man Utd (Nov,1997)
The Gunners had started the 1997/98 season well, with just one defeat in their first 13 matches, but the visit of champions and league leaders Manchester United to Highbury was by far their toughest test yet.
Arsenal went ahead when an 18-year-old Nicolas Anelka brilliantly blasted the ball past Peter Schmeichel for his first Premier League goal. The lead was doubled before the half-hour mark, when Patrick Vieira brilliantly swept a loose ball back across the Dane’s head and into the net.
But a brace from Teddy Sheringham, the man all Arsenal used to hate, brought United level, only for their efforts to be rendered futile by a fine Platt header.
3. Man City 1-0 Man Utd (April,2012)
This match was the most hyped Manchester Derby of all time and rightly so, as it was for the first time in the Premier League that both the Manchester clubs were competing with each other for the league. A win for United would possibly have ended City’s title hopes, while a win for City would put them on top of the league table ahead of United on goal difference with 2 games to go.
Vincent Kompany’s header won the game for City, who went on to win their first title in 44 years and prove their status as Manchester’s new dominant force. Manchester United could not manage a single shot on target and Sir Alex Ferguson was criticised for his defensive tactics.
This game also tops our list of the greatest Manchester Derbies of all time.
2. Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (April,1996)
This is one of the best Premier League matches ever. Both sides were pushing Manchester United for the title, with the visitors knowing a win would take them level on points with the leaders.
Robbie Fowler opened the scoring at Anfield, heading home Stan Collymore’s cross. Newcastle were quick to respond and Les Ferdinand scored past David James eight minutes later. Newcastle scored again soon after through David Ginola and the scores remained that way as the half time whistle blew.
Fowler scored his 28th of the season after the break, but Newcastle responded immediately, Faustino Asprilla scoring with the outside of his foot. Collymore then equalized for Liverpool, as both teams went in search of a winner. The winner came in stoppage time thanks to Collymore again,who got it after a neat passing moving involving veteran duo John Barnes and Ian Rush.
1. Manchester City 3-2 QPR (May,2012)
This game automatically tops the list due to it producing arguably the most dramatic moments in the Premier League’s history. Manchester City needed a win to secure the title against relegation threatened QPR and Pablo Zabaleta scored the game’s first goal five minutes before half time.
Djibril Cisse levelled for QPR soon after the restart before the visitors lost Joey Barton when he was shown a red card against his former club following a clash with Carlos Tevez.
QPR shrugged off their numerical disadvantage to reduce the Etihad to stunned silence when Jamie Mackie gave them the lead with a far-post header in the 66th minute.
Mancini’s team played with their supporters’ nerves to the point of brutality. They were 2-1 down going into stoppage time, on the verge of a defeat so harrowing they would never have been allowed to forget it. There were supporters leaving the ground in tears, scarcely believing the team could have been so reckless.
City needed an unlikely two goals to win the league by the time the game reached the 90th minute and Edin Dzeko’s 92nd minute header gave them a lifeline. Unbelievably, City’s despair turned to delirium as Sergio Aguero scored a 95th minute equalizer to win the title for the first time in 44 years for City. The best ever finish to a Premier League season.
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