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Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City
Man City earned a comeback dramatic win with a 97th minute winner to continue their respectable start to the Premier League season. Bournemouth took the lead after thirteen minutes when defender Charlie Daniels scored a half-volley screamer. However, six minutes later Kevin de Bruyne set up Gabriel Jesus to equalise for the away side. The game was very scrappy, and by the end there were ten yellow cards given out by the ref, but City still had over 20 shots. Despite the great mass of attempts, it was only when all hope had gone, in the 8th minute of injury time at the end of the match, that they got the winner. Danilo played a 1-2 with Raheem Sterling, the latter of whom was through and scored. He ran over to celebrate with the fans and typically of the match, was shown a second yellow card for this and was off.
Newcastle United 3-0 West Ham United
Newcastle got their first three points of the season with a home thrashing of West Ham, who have looked very poor in all of their matches this season. In the 36th minute, Joselu opened the scoring for the hosts on his debut after joining from Stoke last week. The Hammers didn’t create any goal scoring opportunities despite dominating possession and in the 72nd minute Ciaran Clark doubled their lead and with four minutes left their main striker Mitrovic got off the mark for the season with the goal that put the cherry on the icing of the cake for the Magpies.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City
Swansea eased to a win against Crystal Palace which heaps the pressure onto new Palace manager Frank de Boer, whose side have now lost their openeing three fixtures, two of which have been against major relegation rivals(sorry Huddersfield fans). The Swans took the lead a minute before half time when their loanee Tammy Abraham scored his first ever Premier League goal. Then three minutes into the second half it got even worse for the hosts when Jordan Ayew, brother of West Ham’s Andre scored to double the Swans’ lead.
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Southampton
Huddersfield went top of the league(at the time) with an entertaining 0-0 draw against Southampton. The game was the Terriers’ third game in the Premier League and their seventh point. Also, it was their third clean sheet which is a great credit to their obviously tough defence and in particular goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. They did indeed dominate this game and were unlucky not to win, as none of their 16 shots went in. Their clean sheet is the first time since 1965-66 that they have opened a season with three successive clean sheets.
Watford 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
The second 0-0 draw of a dull Premier League day happened at Vicarage Road, where Watford hung on for a point despite being down to 10 men for three quarters of the match. In the 24th minute Miguel Britos was sent off for a high and reckless challenge on Anthony Knockaert, who was lucky to escape without injury. Garth Crooks has said that it was the most horrendous challenge he has seen in 40 years. Brighton hit the post twice, through Knockaert and Tomer Hemed, and were unlucky not to win. It continues Watford’s unbeaten start.
Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City
Man United maintained their impressive 100% start to the season with a difficult victory against Leicester. At the start of the second half Man United were given a penalty, but Romelu Lukaku’s shot was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel, although it was at a nice height for the Danish shot stopper. In the 70th minute Marcus Rashford, who had just come off the bench, broke the deadlock for the Red Devils. Only ten minutes later they sealed the deal with a second goal, this time by fellow substitute Marouane Fellaini.
Chelsea 2-0 Everton
Chelsea did what Manchester City couldn’t do last Monday, by beating a tough Everton side at home on Sunday. They were very impressive in doing so as well, with both goals coming on the first side side of half-time. The first, in the 27th minute was from Alvaro Morata’s knockdown to Cesc Fabregas who finished coolly, and then the Spanish striker added a second with a thumping header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s perfect cross. Morata got a goal and an assist which made him the first player to do so in his first two home games for a club in Premier League history. A bit of a weird fact that one.
West Brom 1-1 Stoke
A calamity at the back cost West Brom their third three points in a row at the start of the season. After Jay Rodriguez headed home the opener on the hour mark on his home debut, the Baggies looked on course to maintain their 100% record and join Man United at the top of the table. However, a chipped cross by Stoke substitute Ramadan Sobhi caused a lot more problems than it should have done as both Ben Foster and Ahmed Hegazi missed the ball which allowed Peter Crouch to score into an open net.
Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
Liverpool destroyed a sorry Arsenal with a very impressive display at Anfield. Roberto Firmino opened the scoring after only 17th minute with a header from Joe Gomez’s wonderful cross. Sadio Mane curled in the second at the end of the first half, before Mohamed Salah ran half the length of the pitch from an Arsenal corner to make it three in the 57th minute. 20 minutes later Daniel Sturridge sealed the match once and for all with a header from Salah’s cross. Surprisingly, the scoreline flattered the Gunners, as they were “humiliated” according to Arsene Wenger.
Tottenham 1-1 Burnley
Burnley new boy Chris Wood rescued a late point for the Lancashire outfit against Tottenham, stunning the hosts. Spurs dominated the game with 67% of possession and 28 shots to Burnley’s 15 at their new home for the season Wembley. However, it took them until the 49th minute to take their deserved lead when Dele Alli finished calmly after Ben Mee fluffed a clearance. They then had plenty of chances to make it a certain victory, but they couldn’t finish any of them. This left Burnley with a chance, and in the second minute of added time, Wood made it a debut to remember with a great finish past Hugo Lloris. And with that Tottenham’s hopes of victory were undone.
Team of the Week
- Fraser Forster
- Rajiv van la Parra
- James Tarkowski
- Joel Matip
- Benjamin Mendy
- Kevin de Bruyne
- Cesc Fabregas
- Matt Ritchie
- Sadio Mane
- Tammy Abraham
- Mohamed Salah