Boxing Day! The very interesting, the very entertaining, the very much expected day in English football. Yeah, English Premier League fans want the Boxing day as equal as they want the Holy Christmas. The day has every flavor to attract the EPL fans. Football fans expect this day every year with a lot of predictions, but the Boxing day is the one which breaks every predictors’ heart. Boxing day has no sympathies, it has no love, all it has is ‘pure entertainment’.
This year’s Boxing day has also had some of the blistering results that made the world realize why the day is so famous. The day started with a shocking win for Stoke city over Manchester United and ended with Southampton thumping the high-flying Arsenal.
Except the English giants Arsenal and Manchester United, Premier League toppers and surprising favorites for the crown this year Leicester City was stopped by a struggling Liverpool side. The Reds did not concede a single goal in the game, the first team to earn a clean sheet against Leicester this season. Remarkable feet on a famous day.
Defending Champions Chelsea were drawn by Watford at the Stamford Bridge, thanks to a missed penalty by Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar dos Santos. The Brazilian missed a crucial penalty and that caused the Blues a valuable two points. Manchester City are the only team who did not stumble on the Boxing day as they easily dispatched the underplaying Sunderland side at the Etihad.
Despite some unexpected results, the Boxing day has produced amazing football. Either it is Stoke’s efficient performance, Southampton’s stunning performance to stop Arsenal or Liverpool’s perfect play to stun the League toppers Leicester, every game had the extra essence to make the day very special. But we are only able to collect the TOP 3 goals on the Boxing day 2015. Here is the list:
3. Marko Arnautovic’s goal vs Manchester United
The Stoke city forward is in some form this season, scoring 6 goals already in the Premier League in 16 appearances. Last season he has only managed to score 1 goal in 20 appearances. He scored against Tottenham to earn Stoke a point and then against Chelsea to win all the three points. His brace against Manchester City helped Stole to beat the title favorites by 2-0. The Austrian continued his form by scoring a sensational goal to send Manchester United out of the Top 4.
Stoke received a free-kick in the dangerous spot which the taker hit straight onto the wall, but Arnautovic was all there to collect the ball and he blasted a venomous strike that left David de Gea ‘no chances’ of saving that. Watch the goal here:
2. Yaya Toure’s goal vs Sunderland
The Ivory Coast international is a well known long shot taker but on this Boxing day, the veteran scored a well-calculated finish to increase Manchester City’s lead to two. Sunderland defenders were also at fault, but the strike was accurate and it found the bottom corner perfectly.
Yaya received the ball from David Silva about 30 yards from the goal and he made up his mind to take a shot at goal in the very second. And he made no mistakes as he faked a midfielder, took the shot only for the Sunderland defenders to watch the ball routing to the net.
1. Cuco Martina’s goal vs Arsenal
The Dutch defender just joined the Saints in the summer and made his first ever start to the Premier League only to score a screamer. Arsenal were clear favorites to win the tie as they were in very fine form lately, but they could not break the deadlock which the Southampton right-back broke with a stunning effort. The defender received a free ball from a deflected cross, no Arsenal player would have expected that Martina will go for a shot at goal, but the former Feyenoord player did go for a killer strike that left Arsenal 1-0 down.
Peter Cech had no chances of saving that and it sailed straight into the left top. Experts say the goal is one of the most sensational strikes of 2015 and here is the video link for you to watch:
Cuco Martina’s strike in a picture: (Image Credit: ESPNFC)