City join United at the top after rout of poor Liverpool
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