Week 35--Liverpool Keep Winning: Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool

By David Shams

Liverpool regained the top spot in the Premier League after their 2-0 win in Cardiff on Sunday. Manchester City play their game in hand on Wednesday at Old Trafford against cross town rivals Manchester United.

With a few exceptions, it was a dominating performance by Liverpool, even without the Merseyside club scoring in the first frame.

Early in the second half, Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, latched on to a low hit corner kick from Trent Alexander Arnold and powered it into the back of the net, leaving Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge flapping after it.

Six minutes later, Cardiff defender and captain Sean Morrison managed to miss a wide open header at the back post. The ball came in from the side bathed in sunshine to the side darkened by shadow. That could have caused Morrison to drop his head a bit sooner and let the ball skip off his back.

Then Morrison’s day got a little worse as he gets called for a penalty kick after grabbing, holding, then pulling down Mohamed Salah inside Cardiff’s box. James Milner, the preferred penalty taker for Liverpool, had just come on for an injured Fabinho. He stepped up and buried his spot kick to put Liverpool ahead 2-0.

The win puts Liverpool ahead of Manchester City on points. Wednesday’s Manchester Derby will likely be decisive in deciding the 2018-19 title.

David is the founder of DC Soccer Digest. He lives in Washington, DC.

Head It In, "Wood" You: Burnley 2-0 Cardiff

By Juan Aguerrevere

Both Sean Dyche and Neil Warnock practice the same philosophy: big men up front and quick players in wide positions to bombard the opposition's box. You can almost hear them yelling, ‘PUT IT IN THE MIXER!’

The Clarets got off to a solid start by almost capitalizing from a free-kick. Dwight McNeil delivered a cross toward the second post cleared poorly by Sean Morrison and almost finished off by Chris Wood who hit the post. Minutes later, McNeil delivered another cross from a corner and this time Wood made the best of it by losing his mark and heading past Neil Etheridge. 

Neil Warnock almost lost his cool once again after Mike Dean denied two consecutive handball allegations inside the box early in the second half. Despite that the Blue Birds kicked into high gear creating chances several chanes. Harry Arter barely missed a shot that went over the post and Junior Hoilett sent his open shot over cross bar.

Cardiff players and Warnock felt robbed of a penalty again when Aron Gunnarson was taken down softly by Charlie Taylor in the box. If that wasn't enough, in added time players screamed one last time for a penalty thinking that a shot hit James Tarkowski's hand when it really hit his knee.

A deflected cross by McNeil was finished by Wood in the ninty-seventh to close out the game.

Burnley secured another season in the Premier League leaving Cardiff City to continue their fight to avoid relegation. 

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.