- Inter Milan Runs Riot, Trashes Brescia Six-Nil
English Premier League sides Arsenal, Everton all secured vital wins to boost their European competition qualification while West Ham United rocks Chelsea’s top four hope.
At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang moved alongside Jamie Vardy as the Premier League’s top scorer on 19 goals on a night of contrasting fortunes for the Golden Boot contenders.
Arsenal registered a third straight win to move up to seventh against a Norwich side ever more resigned to relegation.
Aubameyang’s first saw him reach 50 Premier League goals in 79 appearances — making him the fastest Arsenal player to reach that landmark.
He then turned provider for Granit Xhaka to make it 2-0 before half-time and was then handed another gift when Norwich striker Josip Drmic teed him up to make it 3-0.
Cedric Soares, signed from Southampton in January, made his debut one to remember with a long-range strike nine minutes from time to round off the scoring.
At Goodison Park, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty gave Everton the perfect start.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s fortunate goal as the ball ricocheted in off his face reduced Leicester’s arrears and they pressed hard for an equalizer in the closing stages.
Michael Keane’s clearance off the line spared Jordan Pickford’s blushes after another huge error from the England number one.
Also, West Ham rocked Chelsea’s top-four hopes and boosted their survival bid with a dramatic 3-2 win. Chelsea was hoping to take advantage of third-placed Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Everton earlier in the day, but instead, the Blues were beaten for the first time since the Premier League restart.
West Ham was denied the opening goal at the London Stadium when VAR ruled Michail Antonio was offside as he lay on the ground while Tomas Soucek slotted home.
Willian then fired Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot five minutes before half-time after Issa Diop tripped Christian Pulisic.
Soucek headed home in first-half stoppage time as West Ham finally scored their first goal since the restart.
Antonio put West Ham in front in the 51st minute when he slid in to convert Jarrod Bowen’s cross.
Willian’s superb 70th-minute free-kick drew Chelsea level, but it was West Ham who broke away to win it in the 89th minute when substitute Andriy Yarmolenko finished a brilliant counter-attack.
Chelsea is one point behind Leicester and only two ahead of Manchester United and Wolves as the race to qualify for the Champions League hots up with six games left.
In Italy, Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez, and Christian Eriksen all scored and set up goals as Inter Milan thrashed Brescia to remain third in Serie A.
Young volleyed Inter ahead from a Sanchez cross and the Chilean scored a penalty after Victor Moses was fouled.
Danilo D’Ambrosio headed home a cross from Young and Sanchez’s free-kick was nodded in by Roberto Gagliardini.
Eriksen scrambled home after Romelu Lukaku’s shot was saved and then set up Antonio Candreva for Inter’s sixth.