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Boxing Day: Football's most memorable moments from the 2010s – BBC News, BBC News

Boxing Day: Football's most memorable moments from the 2010s – BBC News, BBC News


Boxing Day football is to Christmas as Rudolph is to Santa. and the Premier League has delivered some real crackers over the past decade.

We take a look back at some of the festive moments that got us all talking during the 2014 s.

THAT Mkhitaryan scorpion kick

Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland (

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored goals for Manchester United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Manchester United career was largely uneventful but the Armenian will forever be remembered at Old Trafford for a piece of skill that left

Jose Mourinho praising “the beauty of football”.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross was behind Mkhitaryan but the midfielder rapidly readjusted, arcing his foot to send a barely believable backheel looping past Jordan Pickford.

It was a strike never to be repeated – at least not untilOlivier Giroud scored an even better version just five days later.

Arsenal fail to deliver

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The Gunners have only played five times on Boxing Day this decade

Arsenal’s demise has been a feature of the past decade and Boxing Day 2017 summed up Arsene Wenger’s side’s decline.

The Gunners traveled to Southampton two points off the top after humbling Manchester City but they were terrorized by Shane Long and (mauled 4-0 at a jubilant St Mary’s.

Cuco Martina’s stunning opener – he’s not scored since – was the pick of the goals and Arsenal ultimately finished the season as a second-placed footnote to Leicester’s incredible title story.

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Giroud’s inexplicable headbutt

Arsenal 1-2 Queens Park Rangers (December) )

                                                     
Olivier Giroud has been sent off four times in his career

Arsenal may have squeaked a victory against struggling Queens Park Rangers but it was nearly sabotaged by Olivier Giroud.

With the score 1-0 to the Gunners, Arsenal’s then clean -shaven striker took exception to a nudge from Nedum Onuoha, jumped up and thrust his face into the QPR defender.

Onuoha fell to the floor, referee Martin Atkinson brandished a red card and Giroud walked.

Fortunately for boss Arsene Wenger, Arsenal survived a QPR flurry and held on to stay in sixth place.

Fergie’s final Boxing Day did not disappoint

Manchester United 4-3 Newcastle United ( (December) )

                                                     
Sir Alex Ferguson won his three Boxing Day matches this decade

A last-minute Manchester United winner? That’s how games always used to turn out.

Jonny Evans scored at both ends as

Newcastle led the league leaders three times at a rain-soaked Old Trafford.

) But Sir Alex Ferguson’s side kept hitting back and Javier Hernandez netted at the start of added time to snatch all three points.

Madness at Vitality Stadium

(Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham United) (December) )

                                                     
Bournemouth are winless in all four of their Premier League Boxing Day games (drawn two, lost two), with all of these matches coming against London sides
West Ham manager David Moyes bemoaned Bournemouth’s “killer”******************************************************************************************************************************** (rd-minute equaliser after****************** a madcap match at Vitality Stadium.

Two late Marko Arnautovic goals had put West Ham in charge but Callum Wilson’s bundled leveller, initially disallowed for offside, was allowed to stand despite a suspicion of handball and robbed the Hammers of all three points.

“The ref said his assistant only put his flag up to draw attention to it, which I’ve never heard of before,” raged Moyes.

Free-scoring Spurs on fire at Christmas

                                     

                

Tottenham have a 26% win ratio on Boxing Day in the 2010 s

Maybe it’s the fuel of a roast turkey dinner but Tottenham have cut loose over the Christmas period this decade, scoring 26 Boxing Day goals in just seven games.

Harry Kane alone has seven goals in four matches and will hunt for more against Brighton in this year early kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Graham Potter, you have been warned.

Can you name the top 12 Boxing Day scorers in the Premier League?

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