Man City stay top after thrashing Palace
FREE-SCORING Manchester City turned on the style after a difficult start to the game to thrash Crystal Palace 5-0 yesterday, taking their tally to 16 goals in their last three Premier League games.
Palace had the better of the action for much of the first half, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice going close to breaking the deadlock, but Leroy Sane’s well-taken goal on the stroke of halftime gave City momentum going into the break.
After the interval, it was all City, and it was not long before they had their second, with Sane turning provider this time for Raheem Sterling (pictured) to slot home six minutes after the interval.
Sterling then tapped home his second and City’s third eight minutes later, Sergio Aguero netted 11 minutes from fulltime, and Fabian Delph’s thunderbolt at the death added the finishing touch to a result which ensures City stay top of the table.
Manchester United ground out a 1-0 win at Southampton as striker Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal of the season in all competitions and manager Jose Mourinho was sent off for dissent.
The result ensured United equalled their best start to a Premier League campaign but left them second on 16 points from five games, behind leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho, who was sent to the stands in the last minute of stoppage time as Southampton piled on the pressure in the closing stages, was glad to come away from St Mary’s Stadium with three points after an unimpressive performance.
United’s prolific close-season signing Lukaku scrambled a 20th-minute winner, pouncing on his own rebound in the six-yard box after the home team’s keeper, Fraser Forster, had parried the striker’s close-range header following a superb cross from the left by Ashley Young.
Harry Kane took his September tally for club and country to eight after netting twice in Tottenham’s 3-2 win at West Ham United.
Spurs dominated early on and the pressure told as Kane headed the visitors into a 34th-minute lead, before making it seven goals in six games against West Ham four minutes later.
Christian Eriksen expertly converted from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 on the hour mark, before West Ham’s Javier Hernandez tapped home five minutes later to give the home fans hope.
Serge Aurier was then dismissed for a second booking, before Cheikhou Kouyate ensured a nervy finish for Spurs after netting with three minutes to go.
Spurs held on, however, for a fifth successive away win - a success that piles the pressure on West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.
Alvaro Morata scored a hat-trick as third-placed Chelsea kept up their pursuit of Manchester’s pace-setters by routing Stoke City 4-0.
Stoke could hardly have anticipated their terrible start when they conceded on 83 seconds to a neat finish from Morata, his fourth goal of the season and first with his boot.
But without three defenders including Kurt Zouma, Stoke struggled to stifle Chelsea’s counter-attacking play and conceded again after half-an-hour when Darren Fletcher mistakenly chested the ball into the path of Pedro, whose right-foot shot gave keeper Jack Butland no chance.
Stoke stayed in the game until Morata finished them off with goals in the 77th and 82nd minutes, first dinking the ball over Butland and then tapping in to take his season’s tally to six.
Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois suffered an injury after falling heavily but played on.
Everton substitute Oumar Niasse struck twice in the second half as the Blues clawed their way back from a goal down to notch a superb 2-1 win over Bournemouth in a spiky encounter at Goodison Park.
The home side played some brilliant one-touch football in a tough first half that saw Wayne Rooney leave the pitch for treatment to a bloody wound near his left eye after an aerial duel with Bournemouth’s Simon Francis.
There were few chances in the opening 45 minutes but just after the break Norway international King latched on to a pass from Charlie Daniels before driving diagonally towards the penalty area and rifling the ball home.
Everton poured forward and Niasse, who replaced Rooney in the 55th minute, expertly controlled a pass from Tom Davies and slammed the ball into the net before bundling home a second five minutes later to give his side a much-needed win.
Brazilian striker Richarlison grabbed a late winner as Watford beat Swansea City 2-1.
Watford striker Andre Gray opened the scoring after the visitors piled on the pressure in the first half. Gray knocked in from close range in the 13th minute after Swansea’s defence failed to deal with Andre Carillo’s cross.
Swansea introduced forward Tammy Abraham and midfielder Roque Mesa for the second half and the switch helped them to turn around their fortunes with Abraham equalising in the 56th minute.
Swansea were dominant in the second half but Watford created several late chances before Richarlison latched on to a deflected pass from Mesa and charged forward to score the winner in the 90th minute.
Burnley were held to a goalless draw at home to promoted Huddersfield Town in a game which offered little entertainment. – Reuters