Suarez scores four as Liverpool hammers Norwich
Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Suarez scored four times and assisted on another goal as Liverpool rolled to a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield on Wednesday.
After losing 3-1 to Hull City over the weekend the Reds were in need of a response to keep themselves in the top four in the Premiership table.
And Suarez led the way with a brilliant individual performance that carried Brendan Rodgers' side to three comfortable points, with the Uruguayan opening the scoring after 14 minutes on a 40-yard dipping shot that caught Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy off his line.
Suarez doubled the lead in the 29th minute when Philippe Coutinho's corner kick was driven into the penalty area, where Suarez hooked home the ball with a first-time strike.
Six minutes later the hat trick was complete with a wonderful move that saw Suarez flick the ball over the head of a Norwich player to create enough space for a shot that beat Ruddy.
A fourth goal arrived for Suarez in the 74th minute on a well-struck free kick before Bradley Johnson pulled a goal back for the Canaries seven minutes from time.
However, Liverpool added another goal in the closing minutes with Suarez playing provider for Raheem Sterling.
Everton 1, Manchester United 0
Manchester, England - An 86th-minute goal from Bryan Oviedo helped Everton record a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester United and former manager David Moyes at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The win is Everton's first at Old Trafford in 21 years and marks the first time Moyes was facing his former team.
United had chances to take the lead when Wayne Rooney struck the post before a corner kick nearly led to a goal in the second half with Patrice Evra forcing a fine stop from Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Danny Welbeck was in position to head home the rebound, but his effort hit the crossbar.
The visitors then made United pay late when a shot from Romelu Lukaku fell to an unmarked Oviedo at the back post for a simple finish.
Arsenal 2, Hull City 0
London, England - Nicklas Bendtner made the most of a rare start for Arsenal as he scored in the opening two minutes to help Arsenal secure a 2-0 home win over Hull City on Wednesday.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger decided to rest regular striker Olivier Giroud against Hull, and Bendtner rewarded his manager with a goal inside of two minutes by heading home a right-wing cross from Carl Jenkinson.
Mesut Ozil scored early in the second half after exchanging passes with Aaron Ramsey near the edge of the penalty area, and Arsenal's lead was never in doubt the rest of the way.
The win keeps Arsenal four points clear at the top of the league while Hull remains in the middle of the table.
Manchester City 3, West Bromwich 2
West Bromwich, England - Manchester City collected its second away win of the season on Wednesday with a 3-2 triumph over West Bromwich at The Hawthorns.
The score was a bit deceiving considering City went up 3-0 after 74 minutes with a goal from Sergio Aguero and two from Yaya Toure, but the important thing was that City claimed the maximum points to stay in third place, six points back of leaders Arsenal.
Aguero was on the board after nine minutes thanks to a nice build up that culminated with Pablo Zabaleta picking out the striker for a simple finish inside the penalty area.
Toure made it 2-0 in the 24th when he steered home a low cross from Aleksandar Kolarov on the left wing, while the Ivory Coast international hammered home his second goal of the contest in the 74th minute from the penalty spot after Kolarov was fouled inside the area.
An own goal from City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon in the 86th spoiled his clean sheet, while Victor Anichebe netted a second goal for the hosts deep into stoppage time, which didn't really threaten City's lead.
Chelsea 4, Sunderland 3
Sunderland, England - Chelsea survived a tough test at last-place Sunderland on Wednesday thanks to a pair of goals and an assist from Eden Hazard in a 4-3 victory over the Black Cats.
Chelsea remains in second place and four points back of leaders Arsenal with the win, but the result didn't come easily.
After Jozy Altidore put Sunderland ahead with a nice goal on the turn, Hazard set up Frank Lampard for a headed goal just three minutes later to level the contest.
Hazard put his team up 2-1 at halftime with his first tally of the match, but John O'Shea equalized five minutes after the break.
Hazard was on target again in the 62nd to restore the lead before an own goal from Sunderland's Phil Bardsley gave the Blues a two-goal cushion in the 84th.
Bardsley scored one for his side in the 86th to reduce the deficit, but Chelsea held on for a hard-earned three points.
Tottenham 2, Fulham 1
London, England - Tottenham came from a goal down in the second half to record a 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage as Lewis Holtby tallied the winning goal eight minutes from time for Spurs.
Rene Meulensteen took charge of his first match at Fulham after the departure of Martin Jol, and he saw his men to ahead 1-0 in the 56th minute when Ashkan Dejagah scored after nice pass from Dimitar Berbatov.
However, Tottenham found the equalizer through an unlikely source as defender Vlad Chiriches scored from 20 yards to level the match at 1-1 with 17 minutes remaining.
Holtby then picked a good time to score his first Premier League goal when he cut into the middle from the right and thrashed a left-footed shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
The home side had one final chance to take something from the game when Pajtim Kasami clipped the post with a shot in the closing moments.
Aston Villa 3, Southampton 2
Southampton, England - Fabian Delph's first league goal 10 minutes from time was the difference as Aston Villa claimed a 3-2 victory over Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.
A first-half goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor on the break put Villa into the lead, but Jay Rodriguez equalized for the Saints shortly after the break with a header from Nathaniel Clyne's cross.
Libor Kozak restored the lead for the visitors in the 64th when he nodded the ball past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who got a hand to the effort but couldn't keep it out.
Once more Southampton answered, this time through Pablo Osvaldo with 21 minutes to play, making it 2-2.
But Delph had the final say as he charged forward with the ball from midfield and was given space by the Southampton defense to rifle a shot past Gazzaniga from 22 yards.
Swansea City 3, Newcastle 0
Swansea, Wales - Newcastle's four-match winning streak came to a crashing halt on Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium as the Magpies sustained a 3-0 defeat.
Nathan Dyer finished off the first goal in first-half stoppage time when Alejandro Pozuelo's cross could only be tipped into the path of Dyer by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Swansea went up 2-0 in the 66th minute when Jonjo Shelvey broke through on goal with Mathieu Debuchy clinging to him. Krul came off his line and stopped Shelvey's shot, but the ball rebounded off Debuchy and was deflected into the net for an own goal.
Shelvey did find the net himself to cap the win nine minutes from time when he hammered home a 25-yard shot past the helpless Krul.
Stoke City 0, Cardiff City 0
Stoke-on-Trent, England - Stoke City and Cardiff City remained just one point apart after the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.
After losing 4-0 to Everton over the weekend Stoke will pleased to have not yielded a goal, but the Potters offered little going forward and sit only three points clear of the relegation places.
Cardiff had a good chance in stoppage time to take all three points, but a low shot by Declan John was nicely stopped by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
12/04 18:12:35 ET