Controversy on Premier League return
We can't be the only ones who were extremely excited about the return of the Premier League. Other leagues already restarted in the last couple of weeks, but the real football is finally back now.
Aston Villa versus Sheffield United
The return started with the match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United. Two recently promoted teams played each other at Villa Park. The home team was a little bit more convincing in the first half, but it was Sheffield United who should be 0-1 at half-time. A free-kick from outside of the penalty box, ended up in Nyland's hands. The Villa goalkeeper fell into the side net, with the ball clearly behind the goalline. The referee looked at his watch, which should have goalline technology and didn't get a notice that it was a goal. The strangest thing is that the VAR never interferred to tell the ref it's a goal. That's why both team stayed goalless in the first half. Match officials declared the watch wasn't working in the first half.
The second half Aston Villa was slightly the better team, but they found Dean Henderson on their way to a goal multiple times. The young English goalkeeper saved Sheffield United several times, which resulted in a 0-0 draw in the first match of the Premier League restart.
Manchester City versus Arsenal
The second match of the evening was the one between Manchester City and Arsenal. The Gunners started this match pretty good and tried to control the ball. Two nasty injuries for Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari forced Arteta to make early substitutions. Dani Ceballos and David Luiz came on early in the game. This second sub changed the whole game. David Luiz gave the game away in ten minutes of play. He missed a ball right before half-time, giving Sterling the opportunity to score the 0-1.
A few minutes in the second half, David Luiz pulled Mahrez down in the penalty box. The referee gave Man City a penalty and David Luiz the red card. Kevin de Bruyne netted the ball from the spot lifting the score to 0-2. A nasty collision between Ederson and Garcia delayed the match. Garcia looked out and the medics took care of him. In extra time it was Phil Foden who scored the third Man City goal. The 3-0 victory means Liverpool will need to wait one more week before they can claim the title.
Every Premier League club has 29 games on the board now. From now it will be all full rounds of play in order to finish the league.