Manchester United were able to down Southampton on the first ‘Friday Night Football’ of the season and Chelsea maintained their perfect start to the 16/17 campaign. Arsenal and Leicester still wait for their first victory of the season whilst Hull and Burnley grabbed shock wins.
We round up the weekend’s Premier League action…
Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
Jose Mourinho’s first home game as Manchester United manager saw the long awaited return of Paul Pogba following his £89m transfer from Juventus. But, not for the first time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the show. United took the lead after half an hour when Wayne Rooney found the head of Ibrahimovic who nodded past Fraser Forster with ease. The Swede doubled his side’s lead just twenty minutes later when Luke Shaw was fouled in the box. Ibrahimovic stepped up and coolly dispatched from 12-yards. Pogba was impressive in his first game back in England and United look like early season title contenders following another dominant performance.
Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City continued their fine form as they easily beat Stoke City at the Bet365 stadium. On the back of a crushing victory over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League, City continued where they left off in Romania. The Citizens took the lead after 27 minutes when Sergio Aguero converted from the penalty spot, despite missing two penalties in mid-week, following Ryan Shawcross fouling Nicolas Otamendi in the box. Aguero doubled the lead just nine minutes later when he finished Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from a free-kick. Spanish playmaker, Bojan Krkic, got one back for the Potters from the penalty spot in the 49th minute but City stepped up a gear to secure the points. Substitute Nolito converted following Kelechi Iheanacho’s pull back and added the fourth goal late on when Raheem Sterling punished Stoke on the counter-attack.
Burnley 2-0 Liverpool
Burnley celebrated their first victory back in the Premier League as the Clarets shocked Liverpool at Turf Moor. Sean Dyche had his strikers to thank as his side secured all three points despite having just 19% possession in the match. Sam Vokes opened the scoring after just two minutes when Andre Gray capitalised on some poor defending from Liverpool. Burnley doubled their advantage before the half-time whistle when Gray struck a low shot beyond the reach of Simon Mignolet. Though Liverpool pressed and pressed, Burnley’s defence stayed strong and reduced Liverpool to attempts from distance and wrapped up the victory.
Swansea 0-2 Hull City
Hull City grabbed another vital victory against Swansea following their opening day win against Leicester. Against all odds, the Tigers continued their great start to the season. Swansea hit the bar in the first half through Gylfi Sigurdsson and Hull had a penalty shout turned down. Mike Phelan’s side scored late on when Shaun Maloney slotted home following a Curtis Davies knockdown. Maloney was involved again as Abel Hernandez scored his first goal of the season with a cool finish to give his side the victory.
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Tottenham grabbed their first victory of the season as they downed Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane. Despite dominating the match, Spurs could not break the deadlock with new signing Vincent Janssen missed the best chances of the game. The introduction of Dele Alli increased the tempo of the game and eventually led to a goal for the Lilywhites. It was new signing Victor Wanyama who opened the scoring in the 82nd minute when he headed home from a Harry Kane corner. The Kenyan secured all three points for Mauricio Pochettino who will be encouraged by an impressive debut from Janssen whilst Crystal Palace will want new signing Christian Benteke in the side as soon as possible following another lacklustre attacking performance.
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea came from behind against Watford to give Antonio Conte his second win in two and yet another victory over Walter Mazzarri. Much was made of the ‘feud’ between the two Italian managers before the match and it was Watford who struck first. French midfielder, Etienne Capoue, smashed his side into the lead with a left-footed strike that left Thibaut Courtois stranded. Chelsea equalised with ten minutes remaining when new boy Michy Batshuayi scored his first goal for the club when he reacted first to a rebound following Eden Hazard’s drive from distance. Diego Costa again scored the winner when he ran through on the counter-attack following a wonderful ball from Cesc Fabregas to slide through the legs of Heurelho Gomes.
West Brom 1-2 Everton
Everton also came from behind to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns to hand Ronald Koeman his first win as manager. Tony Pulis’ side took the lead inside ten minutes when Gareth McAuley headed past Maarten Stekelenburg from a Craig Gardner corner. The Toffees were level just before half-time when Kevin Mirallas finished following a good move from the Blues. Man-of-the-match winner, Gareth Barry, secured the points on the hour mark following a corner which was touched on by Mason Holgate giving Everton fans the perfect afternoon; after welcoming Romelu Lukaku back into the side.
Leicester 0-0 Arsenal
Leicester and Arsenal both failed to win their first game of the season after losing to Hull and Liverpool on the opening weekend. Jamie Vardy started for the Foxes after rejecting the chance to move to Arsenal this summer. Claudio Ranieri’s side had a strong penalty claim turned down by Mark Clattenburg when Laurent Koscielny tussled with Danny Drinkwater. Leicester had another appeal rejected in the second half when Hector Bellerin brought down Ahmed Musa. Both Riyad Mahrez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain spurned opportunities late on meaning both sides had to settle for a point.
Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough secured victory in the Wear-Tees derby thanks to Cristhian Stuani’s heroics at the Stadium of Light. Former Manchester City forward, Alvaro Negredo, was key in the victory and found Stuani in the 13th minute, who struck a magnificent effort from 25-yards into the top corner. Stuani added his second goal of the game on his Premier League debut when Negredo unselfishly squared the ball across for the Uruguayan to score. Brad Guzan kept Middlesbrough in the game late on but was unable to stop Patrick van Aanholt pulling one back for David Moyes’ side. However, Boro were able to hold on for a vital three points for Aitor Karanka.
West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth
West Ham snatched victory in their first home game at the London Stadium which compiled Bournemouth to a second straight defeat. 56,977 supporters welcomed the Hammers out on to the pitch but the atmosphere was quiet as the pitch is so far away from the stands. The game saw Bournemouth midfielder, Harry Arter, receive his marching orders for two bookable offences. It was a game of few chances but late West Ham pressure paid off against ten men. Loanee Gokhan Tore crossed in the 85th minute and the ball was met by the head of Michail Antonio to give Slaven Bilic his first win of the season and sent the Cherries to the bottom of the table.
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