Ranked! The 10 best Premier League matches EVER
10. Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham, 02/05/2016
“We don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League – the fans, the club and the players,” declared a chipper Eden Hazard just over a week before Chelsea’s meeting with Spurs that ultimately decided the 2015/16 title in Leicester’s favour. The Belgian didn’t know it then, but results thereafter set the scene: Tottenham needed to beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge to keep themselves in the race.
At half-time they were looking good for that: goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min had the visitors in command, resigning the Leicester players who were gathered at Jamie Vardy’s house to the fact they’d probably have to go again against Everton that weekend.
That was until Chelsea – so consistently hapless in their title defence that season – decided they wouldn’t become an irrelevant footnote of the campaign. Hazard was introduced at half-time and the west Londoners became a different side. They halved the deficit with over half an hour remaining when Gary Cahill lashed in from a corner, and didn’t relinquish the bit between their teeth.
Hazard’s crowning moment came with seven minutes left. With Chelsea very much in the ascendancy their brilliant Belgian – chief among those who’d disappointed during the campaign – curled in a terrific equaliser to send Spurs heads spinning and confirm Leicester as the most unlikely of champions. He’d got his wish after all. JB
9. Newcastle 5-0 Man United, 20/10/1996
Any heavy Manchester United defeat is remembered by fans of the victors, but this loss suffered by the Double winners was so glorious in its magnitude that it was celebrated far more widely than just on Tyneside. Darren Peacock scored the first, his header crossing the line despite the protestations of Peter Schmeichel – who had kept clean sheets in five of his previous nine league games.
David Ginola’s outrageous second set the tone, while Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer doubled the lead after the break and made Magpies fans believe things couldn't get any better. How wrong they were, as Philippe Albert sealed the deal with a 25-yard lob – not bad for a defender. As Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan said without false deflation: “Undoubtedly, the most enjoyable day I've ever had as a manager.” RS
8. Leicester 3-3 Arsenal, 27/08/1997
Although Arsenal would ultimately go on to win the title in 1997/98, it wasn’t all plain sailing; the Gunners endured a stuttering start to the campaign, including this classic draw at Filbert Street. Dennis Bergkamp was the star of the show, putting the visitors 2-0 up with an hour played. Arsenal were untroubled until Emile Heskey pulled one back late on, before Matt Elliot equalised with what looked to be the final goal of the game in the 93rd minute.
Bergkamp wasn't done, though, finding time to score one of the great Premier League goals as he brought down a cross, beat his man and gloriously slotted the ball past Kasey Keller with the inside of his right foot. But this still wasn't the end of the action: the match endured long enough for Foxes skipper Steve Walsh to head home the latest of levellers and earn Leicester a point. PH
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