Sunday Times

Blues pull fly­ing Reds back to earth

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● Chelsea ended Liver­pool’s per­fect start to the Premier League sea­son as the ti­tle con­tenders drew 1-1 at Stam­ford Bridge yes­ter­day.

Liver­pool had won all six of their pre­vi­ous league matches this term but Eden Haz­ard gave the hosts a 25th-minute lead.

But Daniel Stur­ridge’s bril­liant lon­grange strike a minute from full­time pre­served Liver­pool’s un­beaten league run.

This re­sult left Liver­pool in sec­ond, with cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City, who beat Brighton 2-0 ear­lier, top on goal dif­fer­ence.

City showed the gulf in class be­tween the two sides of Manch­ester as Brighton, who beat United ear­lier this sea­son, were com­fort­ably seen off at the Eti­had thanks to goals ei­ther side of half­time from Ra­heem Ster­ling and Ser­gio Aguero.

United’s worst league start in 29 years left them five points adrift of Tot­ten­ham and Arse­nal in the race for a top-four place, with the North Lon­don clubs 2-0 victors over Hud­der­s­field and Wat­ford re­spec­tively.

De­feat at Lon­don Sta­dium com­pounded a mis­er­able week for United man­ager Jose Mour­inho, whose side were also dumped out of the League Cup by Derby on penal­ties and held at home by Wolves last week­end.

Felipe An­der­son and Vic­tor Lin­de­lof’s own goal gave West Ham a 2-0 half­time lead.

“Af­ter the re­sult on Tues­day the team

The French World Cup win­ner failed to make an im­pact be­fore he was sub­sti­tuted 20 min­utes from time

needs pos­i­tive things, pos­i­tive feel­ings and to start los­ing af­ter five min­utes is not that pos­i­tive start you need,” said Mour­inho.

Paul Pogba was also un­der the spot­light af­ter be­ing stripped of the vice-cap­taincy by Mour­inho in mid­week and a frosty train­ing ground ex­change on Wed­nes­day.

The French World Cup win­ner failed to make an im­pact be­fore he was sub­sti­tuted 20 min­utes from time.

Mar­cus Rash­ford came off the bench to briefly give United hope by pulling a goal back, but just three min­utes later Marko Ar­nau­tovic ex­posed more poor United de­fend­ing to seal West Ham’s first home league win of the sea­son.

City face a big trip to Hof­fen­heim in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week hav­ing lost at home to Lyon to open their cam­paign, but they have suf­fered no such do­mes­tic strug­gles in de­fence of their ti­tle.

Leroy Sane’s low cross was tapped home by Ster­ling at the back post for his fourth goal of the sea­son. City could have had many more goals, but had to wait un­til 25 min­utes from time when Aguero slot­ted home af­ter a neat one-two with Ster­ling.

“Every time we lost the ball, we re­cov­ered and at­tacked with play­ers at the edge of their penalty box. That is a dream for us,” said a de­lighted Pep Guardi­ola.

Tot­ten­ham moved into fourth as Harry Kane scored twice in nine first-half min­utes to eas­ily see off strug­gling Hud­der­s­field.

“It was a grind out there, the kind of games where it feels good when you win, a bat­tle with tough de­fend­ers,” said Kane.

Arse­nal stayed level with their north Lon­don neigh­bours on 12 points with a sev­enth straight win in all com­pe­ti­tions as a Craig Cath­cart own goal and Me­sut Ozil’s fin­ish earned all three points in the fi­nal 10 min­utes at the Emi­rates.

Ever­ton ended a four-game win­less run to beat Ful­ham 3-0 as Gylfi Sig­urds­son made amends for miss­ing an ear­lier penalty to score twice ei­ther side of Cenk To­sun’s first goal of the sea­son.

Wolves’ im­pres­sive re­turn to the top flight con­tin­ued thanks to late goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny Cas­tro to earn a 2-0 win over Southamp­ton.

New­cas­tle re­main win­less af­ter a 2-0 de­feat at home to Le­ices­ter with two of Eng­land’s World Cup squad, Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, on tar­get.

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The Net­busters West Ham's Ma rko Ar­nau­tovic, left, and An­driy Yar­molenko were on the score­board in West Ham’s 3-1 vic­tory over Manch­ester United yes­ter­day.
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