Every year, the 1963 Boxing Day results are splattered all over social media, but perhaps the 2021 results will follow suit next year.
In the first five games on Sunday, 26 goals were scored, averaging 5.2 per game. A 10-1, an 8-2, two 6-1s, a 5-1, a 4-4, and two 3-3s were among the 66 goals scored in ten games 58 years ago (the last year with a better ratio).
The lack of games this year – three were canceled due to Covid – may be a hindrance, but Manchester City’s 6-3 victory was unforgettable.
Arsenal thrashed Norwich 5-0, Spurs beat Crystal Palace 3-0, and Southampton won a 3-2 thriller at West Ham. Harry Kane joined Robbie Fowler as the king of Boxing Day.
In the 17:30 GMT game, Chelsea rallied from behind to defeat Aston Villa 3-1.
“It was a roller-coaster, so a typical Boxing Day game with a lot of goals,” said Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
“The manager warned us at half-time,” said City’s Raheem Sterling – who scored twice. “At 4-0 up you have to kill the game.”
Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester City, told the BBC: “It was critical not to physically or mentally disintegrate. At halftime, we asked the players if they thought they could win the second half.”
They did, and they even threatened to win the game at one point.
In the span of 10 minutes, Kelechi Iheanacho set up two goals and scored himself, cutting the lead to 4-3 despite only having 14 touches.
You’d think Guardiola would be enraged for allowing the opposition back into the game, but he replied “absolutely not” and that “it was a wonderful game to watch.”
Source: BBC Sport