Arsenal hold on for goalless draw at Leeds, Everton edge past Fulham

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Nov. 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m.


Stuart Dallas of Leeds United in action with Dani Ceballos of Arsenal. (Reuters)

Ten-man Arsenal clung to a 0-0 draw at Leeds United in the Premier League after winger Nicolas Pepe was sent off in the 51st minute on Sunday.

VAR officials noticed that Pepe had hit Ezgjan Alioski in the head and referee Anthony Taylor gave the monitor a quick glance before waving the red card.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds had been the better team even before striker Patrick Bamford was sent off, twice forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno into action.

Leno did well again to prevent a fierce Stuart Dallas practice, then substitute Rodrigo crushed a shot against the bar from the edge of the zone.

Arsenal almost caught a winner, against the run of the game, when Hector Bellerin put Bukayo Saka on goal, but he was unable to get around Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Leeds hit the woodwork twice in the final stages with Bamford heading against the post and Raphinha also hitting the upright deep in the stoppage time.

Arsenal are 11th with 13 points in nine games after their first draw of the season with Leeds 14th of 11.

Calvert-Lewin hits double as Everton leads Fulham

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a brace and midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure scored his first goal for the club, beating Fulham 3-2 to return to Premier League victory on Sunday.

Brazil forward Richarlison, returning from a three-game ban, picked up a loose ball and ran away to cross for Calvert-Lewin who scored his ninth league goal of the campaign 42 seconds into the game.

Fulham retaliated with a neat finish from Bobby De Cordova-Reid in the 15th minute, but Everton continued to threaten and were unlucky not to move forward 2-1 as the effort of Calvert-Lewin was marked for offside and Richarlison’s low shot was repelled.

The visitors opened Fulham again as Alex Iwobi changed his game from the right and James Rodriguez fed Lucas Digne, who produced a ball for the first time for Calvert-Lewin to strike and dominate the season’s scorecards .

Digne looked sharp in an advanced role and was involved in Everton’s third, shooting a cross for Doucoure to come home in the 35th minute and open his Toffees account after joining Watford late in the season.

Fulham pulled it out shortly after Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and missed a penalty for them in the second half, as substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek found the net via a deflection on Everton defender Yerry Mina for ensure a tight finish.

West Ham’s Haller adds to the misery at Sheffield United

West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller sentenced Sheffield United to a 1-0 home loss in the Premier League on Sunday, leaving them entrenched at the bottom of the table with just one point after nine games.

Although the visitors dominated possession in the opening 45 minutes, the Blades created several chances with forward Oliver McBurnie closing in with a header that forced a good save from Lukasz Fabianski.

Their unnecessary finish was punished in the 56th minute as West Ham won the ball in midfield and worked it up to Ivorian-born French striker Haller, who pierced a thunderous shot in the top corner from Aaron Ramsdale’s fingertips.

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