Liverpool holds off Swansea in seven-goal thriller
Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson scored two goals apiece as Liverpool notched a 4-3 win over Swansea City in a pulsating encounter at Anfield on Sunday.
The hosts took a two-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes before Swansea equalized with a pair of goals in a four-minute span.
Sturridge scored his second of the match for the Reds shortly before halftime, but Wilfried Bony leveled the match once more from the penalty spot before Henderson struck the winner 16 minutes from time to keep Liverpool within four points of Premiership leaders Chelsea.
Swansea stays four points above the drop zone after failing to win away from home for the eighth successive match in league play.
It took the home side less than three minutes to grab the lead when a well- weighted through ball from Raheem Sterling picked out Sturridge, who rounded goalkeeper Michel Vorm and drove the ball into the empty net.
Sturridge then set up a shot for Henderson near the top of the penalty area that the former Sunderland man lashed inside the left post with a fierce strike.
However, Liverpool's fragile defense failed to hold the lead and Swansea pulled to within a goal in the 23rd minute on a splendid first-time finish from Jonjo Shelvey before Bony's header deflected into the net four minutes later off the shoulder of defender Martin Skrtel.
Luis Suarez played provider on the second goal for Sturridge with a clever chip that allowed the England international to turn home his header from eight yards, putting Liverpool up 3-2 at halftime.
But Skrtel was involved once again in a Swansea goal as he brought down Bony inside the area in the opening few minutes of the second half, allowing the striker to step to the spot and fire home his second goal of the contest.
The top three teams in the league each earned three points on Saturday, and Liverpool needed another goal to keep pace. That is when Henderson popped up to score the winner in the 74th when he collected a blocked shot from Suarez, had his initial effort saved by Worm, but scored on the rebound.
Norwich City 1, Tottenham 0
Norwich, England - A second-half goal from Robert Snodgrass was enough to hand Norwich City three vital points at Carrow Road on Sunday against Tottenham, moving the Canaries four points clear of the bottom three.
The hosts had won only one of their last 11 games in the league, leaving the club in danger of falling into the relegation places and piling pressure on manager Chris Hughton.
But Sunday's result is a huge one for the club, while also dealing Tottenham's Champions League hopes a big blow as Spurs now sit six points back of fourth- place Liverpool.
Bradley Johnson created the goal in the 47th minute when his pass released Snodgrass down the right wing. He then cut back onto his left foot and curled a shot inside the far post.
Roberto Soldado came off the Tottenham bench to liven up the attack, but he failed to make the most of a few decent chances, while Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was able to parry a dangerous shot from Nacer Chadli in the final 10 minutes to preserve the win.
Newcastle 1, Aston Villa 0
Newcastle, England - Newcastle's poor run of form at home came to an end on Sunday as Loic Remy scored in stoppage time to help the Magpies to a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at St James' Park.
The hosts entered the match having lost their last five home contests in all competitions, and it looked like it would be only a point for Alan Pardew's men as the clock wound down.
Both Remy and Papiss Cisse had squandered good chances earlier in the match for Newcastle, but Remy came up big in the end as he spun his way into the penalty area and hammered a volley past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
The win moves Newcastle into eighth place in the table, while Villa remains four points above the relegation places and is winless in its last four games.
02/23 13:02:42 ET