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Records Smashed, Goals Galore | Premier League: Matchday 22 Recap

Matchday 22 in the Premier League was all about records, as the top two conjured up three between them on another goal-laden weekend of fixtures.

Sheffield United finally saw a VAR decision go their way on Friday night as they just about overcame visitors West Ham United. Oli McBurnie's close range finish in the 53rd minute looked to have been cancelled out by Robert Snodgrass' injury time equalizer, but the video referee spotted an accidental use of the hand in the build-up, and in accordance with the new law, it was chalked off.

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool set two records as they overcame a late Tottenham Hotspur fightback to win 1-0 in London. The Reds unbeaten start to the season reached 21 games, an English top-flight record. Their total dominance also ensured it was the best start to a league campaign ever, across all of Europe's top-five leagues. Come full time Liverpool's lead at the top of the table reached 16 points.

Newcastle United took an early lead away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. But Miguel Almirón's seventh minute strike was cancelled out as Leander Dendoncker equalized from a Joao Moutinho corner seven minutes later. Wolves have now recovered 15 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season - more than any other side in the competition, but they missed a number of chances to take all three points. Magpies' goalkeeper Martin Dubravka picked up man of the match.

A Marcus Rashford brace helped set Manchester United on the path to victory against Norwich City, 4-0 the final score as the Red Devils blew away the Canaries in a three goal second half. Rashford has now scored 19 goals in all competitions this season - only Raheem Sterling has more, not a bad way to mark your 200th appearance for the club. The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjær's men scored four goals or more in consecutive home league games, for the first time in two and a half years.

Southampton made amends for a nine-nil thrashing at the hands of Leicester City by beating the Foxes 2-1 at the King Power Stadium. Danny Ings scored the vital goal with nine minutes left on the clock. It was the Saints striker's 16th goal in all competitions this season, and it condemned Brendan Rodgers to a first consecutive loss of home Premier League games since the Northern Irishman took charge. It was a much needed victory for Ralph Hasenhüttl, who has now navigated his side to 12th place after early season problems.

Carlo Ancelotti got the response he was after as Everton boss following FA Cup embarrassment at Anfield. The Blues dominated visitors Brighton and Hove Albion, but could only find the one goal. However, Richarlison's wonderful finish was worth the winning moment tag, the Brazilian turned on a sixpence and whipped the ball past a helpless Mat Ryan. The 1-0 scoreline, that also means Brighton have never won away against Everton in any competition in their history!

Chelsea made light work of Burnley as Frank Lampard's West Londoners breezed past the Clarets 3-0. Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first Premier League goal in a match where the teenager oozed quality. At 19 years and 65 days, the winger became the youngest player to score their first Premier League goal for Chelsea since Carlton Cole against Middlesbrough in April 2002. For Burnley, Sean Dyche's men remain in free fall – notching their fourth league defeat on the bounce.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tasted the ecstasy and agony of the Premier League as the Arsenal captain opened the scoring against Crystal Place before being sent off after a horror tackle on Eagles' player, MaxMeyer. Jordan Ayew's deflected equalizer on 54 minutes bounced off David Luiz, and the Gunners' misfortune got even greater 13 minutes later. A VAR review led to an upgrade on Aubameyang's yellow card. The draw means Mikel Arteta's side lie 10th in the table, one point behind Roy Hodgson's Palace.

Watford heaped the pressure on AFC Bournemouth as Nigel Pearson's Hornets pulled themselves out of the bottom three for the first time this season. Their 3-0 drubbing of the Cherries saw the two sides swap places, Eddie Howe's men drop to 19th. The victory means Watford have now secured 13 points from the last 18 available under their new manager, Pearson spoke after the final whistle: “It would be foolish to think because we've got out of the bottom three that the job's done. It's not a season-changing result - but it was an important one.”

Sergio Agüero strolled to his 12th hat-trick on Sunday, becoming the highest overseas goalscorer in Premier League history as Manchester City hammered struggling Aston Villa, 6-1 in the West Midlands. Riyad Mahrez scored twice as the Sky Blues struck four times in the opening half. Aguero's first came before a Gabriel Jesus added time strike. The Argentinian forward then notched a second half brace to condemn Villa to their worst defeat in four years. Pep Guardiola's defending champions remain 14 points behind leaders Liverpool, having played an extra game.

 
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