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Saturday Premier League wrap: The things you might have missed

Stoke 2-2 Manchester United

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No player has scored more goals in their first four Premier League games for Man United than Lukaku (4, same as Saha, Van Persie and Ibrahimovic)

This entertaining draw ended Manchester United’s perfect start to the season, but still left them top of the table (on goal difference ahead of Manchester City).

It started slowly and looked to be heading for 0-0 at half-time, with David De Gea and Jack Butland both pulling off good saves. Yet just two minutes before the break, Stoke new boy Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting got the run on Eric Bailly and turned in Mame Biram Diouf’s cross for his first goal in English football.

Manchester United hit right back before the half-time whistle. Henrikh Mkhitaryan swung in a corner, Nemanja Matic flicked it on, Paul Pogba met it in the box and the ball ricocheted off the back of Marcus Rashford’s and in. The teenager might not have known much about it, but the scores were level before half-time.

The second half saw good back-and-forth action with both sides enjoying chances. Mkhitaryan turned provider again as he set up Romelu Lukaku who scored at the second attempt, after Butland parried his first effort. Yet five minutes later - following an excellent De Gea save - Choupo-Moting was again left free (this time by Phil Jones) and headed home a corner.

Further chances came - including Lukaku lifting one over the bar - but the draw was a fair result in a competitive match.

Goals: Choupo-Moting 43’, 63’ -- Rashford 45’, Lukaku 58’

 

Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool

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Sergio Aguero is now the top scoring non-European player in Premier League history (124), overtaking Dwight Yorke (123)

Man City crushed Liverpool to spoil Jurgen Klopp’s excellent away record against the Premier League’s top sides in this 12.30pm kick-off. The first 20 minutes gave little indication of how the game might pan out, as it was fairly even, with Mo Salah looking quick and dangerous - if wasteful - for Liverpool.

That changed in the 24th minute when Kevin De Bruyne’s pass opened up the Liverpool defence, putting Sergio Aguero (back in the starting line-up) through one-on-one. He finished easily to put the home side one up.

Yet the real turning point came on the 37th minute. Liverpool forward Sadio Mane chased a pass and collided heavily into City goalkeeper Ederson. While Mane’s eyes were on the ball, suggesting no intent, his foot was dangerously high and referee Jon Moss reached for a red card.

A clearly hurt Ederson was stretchered from the field and replaced by Claudio Bravo. (Early reports suggest Ederson may have a fractured jaw/cheekbone.) In the extended injury time of the first half, Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 with a header - De Bruyne again with the assist.

In the second half, it was one-way traffic as Jesus nabbed his second, before Leroy Sane stretched the scoreline with a late brace. The red card will be the big talking point, but the soft centre of Liverpool’s defence looked a worry even when they had 11 men.

Goals: Aguero 24'; Jesus 45'+6, 53'; Sane 77', 90'+1

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

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Since August 2016, only Marcelo (11) has provided more assists among defenders in Europe's big five leagues than Sead Kolasinac (7)

The home side doubled their points tally for the season with a deserved win against Bournemouth. Arsenal took the lead early, Danny Welbeck bundling in a Sead Kolasinac cross after just six minutes.

A superb first-half save from Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal helped keep it to 1-0 following a Mesut Ozil free-kick. However he could do little to keep out Alexandre Lacazette’s finish from a tasty move involving Welbeck and Ozil. A cleaner Welbeck finish in the second half made it 3-0 and the England man had chances for his hat-trick, but had to settle for a brace.

For Eddie Howe’s team, still searching for their first points of the season, it was a tough afternoon and a lesser performance than the one they put forth in losing narrowly to Manchester City in their last fixture.
 

Goals: Welbeck 6’ 50'; Lacazette 27’

 

Brighton 3-1 West Brom

Pascal Gross scored the home side’s first ever Premier League goal to send the Amex wild just before half time - then decided he liked it so much that he’d repeat the trick early in the second half.

Brighton striker Tomer Hemed made it 3-0 just after the hour mark (that man Gross with the assist). That looked to be game over and while West Brom gave themselves hope after James Morrison scored from Oliver Burke’s knock-down, Brighton saw out a cathartic first Premier League win fairly comfortably, inflicting West Brom’s first league defeat of the season in the process.

Goals: Gross 45’, 48’; Hemed 63’ -- Morrison 78’

 

Everton  0-3 Tottenham

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Christian Eriksen is now the joint-highest scoring Dane in Premier League history, with 32 goals (level with Nicklas Bendtner)

Harry Kane’s 100th Tottenham goal was the main talking point after this comfortable victory for the away side. The England striker either saw Jordan Pickford off his line and pinged the ball over the Everton keeper or it was a wayward cross from the right flank.

No doubt that Christian Eriksen definitely meant his close-range finish later in the first half, however as the away side’s pressure paid off. Kane made it to 101 goals for the north London club very early in the second half, as the one-way pressure continued.

Ronald Koeman will be disappointed that his side couldn’t really get a foothold in the game (Pickford actually helped keep the score down), but it was a deserved second league win of the season for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Goals: Kane ‘28, 46'; Eriksen 42'

Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

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Only Andrea Belotti (10) has scored more headed league goals in Europe’s big 5 divisions since August 2016 than Alvaro Morata (9)

In a clash of the last two Premier League champions, Chelsea got their third league win in a row - but the home side made it difficult for them.

Chelsea had the run of the game early on. However Islam Slimani had a terrific chance to put the home side a goal up, only for Thibaut Courtois to pull off the save. Just minutes later, Alvaro Morata headed in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to give the reigning champions the lead.

Former Leicester hero N’Golo Kante scored early in the second half, but it didn’t wrap the game up. Just after the hour, Jamie Vardy sped onto a poor backpass to Thibaut Courtois and the keeper brought him down. He converted the penalty himself and Leicester probed for the remaining half hour, but couldn’t find the equaliser as Chelsea held firm.

Goals: Morata, 41’, Kante 50’ -- Vardy 62’ (pen)
 

Southampton 0-2 Watford

A disappointing result for the home side but a deserved win for the visiting Hornets. A slow first half was given a lively finish after a Southampton clearance reached Abdoulaye Doucoure on the edge of the box. The Watford midfielder’s low drive from 25 yards crashed into the back of the net.

In just Watford’s second attempt on target, Daryl Janmaat also scored from outside the area in the second half. Southampton tried to get back into the game, but couldn’t get much service to Shane Long and Charlie Austin up front.

In the end, Watford saw out the game easily to continue their impressive, unbeaten start to the season.

Goals: Doucoure 38’, Janmaat 66’