City join United at the top after rout of poor Liver­pool

The Sunday Independent - - SPORT -

LON­DON: Lon­don clubs’ er­ratic start to the Premier League sea­son im­proved with vic­to­ries for Chelsea, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Arse­nal yes­ter­day, but Manch­ester sides con­tin­ued to make the run­ning, with United and City lead­ing the way on 10 points each.

United sur­ren­dered their 100 per­cent record in a lively 2-2 draw at Stoke City after Pep Guardi­ola’s City had trounced 10-man Liver­pool 5-0 to re­place their neigh­bours at the top for a few hours.

Stoke took the lead just be­fore half-time through Cameroon in­ter­na­tional Eric Maxim ChoupoMot­ing, then con­ceded an equaliser less than three min­utes later, as Ne­manja Matic flicked on a cor­ner and Paul Pogba’s header hit Mar­cus Rash­ford and went in.

Romelu Lukaku put them ahead in the 58th minute, only for ChoupoMot­ing to equalise.

City ben­e­fited from the dis­missal of Sa­dio Mane be­fore half-time as they in­flicted Liver­pool’s heav­i­est de­feat since Juer­gen Klopp took over al­most two years ago.

The Sene­galese forward was ad­judged guilty of en­dan­ger­ing an op­po­nent by catch­ing Brazil­ian goal­keeper Eder­son in the face with a high foot.

Al­ready trail­ing to a Ser­gio Aguero goal, Liver­pool con­ceded two more to Gabriel Je­sus on ei­ther side of half-time and fell to a rare five-goal de­feat when Leroy Sane scored twice in the fi­nal quar­ter of an hour.

Eder­son was taken off on a stretcher but suf­fered no break and tweeted later that he was fine.

Chelsea had a 2-1 win away to Le­ices­ter in the meet­ing of the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons’ cham­pi­ons.

N’Golo Kante scored against his for­mer club soon after half-time to ex­tend Chelsea’s lead after Al­varo Mo­rata claimed his third goal in four league games since mov­ing from Real Madrid.

Le­ices­ter, hav­ing made two changes at the in­ter­val, halved the deficit with a Jamie Vardy penalty but the cham­pi­ons held on to move into third place.

Tot­ten­ham’s Harry Kane reached 100 goals for the club with a freak opener in the com­fort­able 3-0 win at Ever­ton, adding a sec­ond later.

After the home side started brightly, the Eng­land striker de­ceived goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford from way out on the right wing just be­fore the half-hour.

“I got a lucky one but some­times you need that,” he said.

Chris­tian Erik­sen scored the sec­ond after Pick­ford made a good save from Ben Davies and Kane knocked in Davies’ pass a minute after the in­ter­val.

The win pushed Spurs into the top five and pro­vided a boost ahead of their Cham­pi­ons League opener against Borus­sia Dort­mund at Wem­b­ley, where they are play­ing home league games this sea­son but have yet to win one.

North Lon­don ri­vals Arse­nal, heav­ily crit­i­cised after de­feats by Stoke City and Liver­pool, were easy winners at home to strug­gling Bournemouth, pre­vail­ing 3-0.

Danny Wel­beck gave them the lead and new sign­ing Alexan­dre La­cazette dou­bled it be­fore half­time. After Jer­main De­foe headed against a post Arse­nal broke out for Wel­beck to claim his sec­ond.

Bournemouth were pushed into the bot­tom two on goal dif­fer­ence by their fourth suc­ces­sive de­feat.

Pro­moted Brighton, in the top tier for the first time since 1983, achieved their first win, 3-1, at home to West Bromwich Al­bion.

New sign­ing Pas­cal Gross scored twice and Tomer Hemed added a third be­fore a con­so­la­tion by James Mor­ri­son, in West Brom’s first loss.

In the day’s other game, un­beaten Wat­ford moved above Southamp­ton into the top four by beat­ing them 2-0 with goals by Ab­doulaye Doucoure and sub­sti­tute Daryl Jan­maat. – Reuters

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