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EPL PIX: Chelsea return to winning ways; Man Utd held

Last updated on: October 03, 2021 09:35 IST
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Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.

IMAGE: Chelsea's players celebrate after Ben Chilwell scores the third goal against Southampton at Stamford Bridge in London, on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Southampton to move top of the Premier League but Manchester United stuttered again at home on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by high-flying Everton.

 

After consecutive defeats for only the second time since Thomas Tuchel took charge, Chelsea needed a response and they got it as Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell struck late on after Southampton had been reduced to 10 men.

Tuchel's side move to 16 points from seven games, two more than Liverpool who host Manchester City in Sunday's big clash.

Manchester United and Everton are also locked on 14 points after the early kickoff at Old Trafford ended honours even.

IMAGE: Timo Werner, centre, scores the second goal for Chelsea. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

With Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of a last-gasp winner against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday, starting on the bench, United took a deserved lead when Anthony Martial was played in by Bruno Fernandes to score just before halftime.

United were pegged back though when Andros Townsend finished off a sweeping move and Rafa Benitez's side thought they had snatched victory when Yerry Mina slotted in but after a VAR review he was adjudged to have been offside.

It was a let-off for United but they were still left frustrated at dropping points, especially with a tough run of league fixtures ahead.

"We had 75% possession. We got hit on one break that cost us and we lacked that cutting edge to get the important second goal," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

"We just couldn't get that second goal you need in games like this as Everton can score a goal from nowhere."

IMAGE: Andros Townsend finished off a sweeping move to level scores for Everton against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Ronaldo came off the bench but this time the Portuguese could not summon a dramatic ending.

"It's about picking the right moments (to give Ronaldo a rest)," Solskjaer said when asked about the decision to leave him on the bench and start with Edinson Cavani.

After Chelsea failed to score in their last two games, it was unsung academy product Trevoh Chalobah who put them in front after nine minutes.

Romelu Lukaku and Werner both had goals ruled out and when, on the hour, Ben Chilwell tripped Tino Livramento in the area to earn Southampton a penalty that James Ward Prowse converted, it looked as though the visitors would earn a point.

But Ward Prowse was red-carded for a poor tackle on Jorginho and Chelsea took advantage to claim the win.

IMAGE: Diego Llorente celebrates scoring the goal for Leeds United against Watford at Elland Road. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Leeds United kickstarted their campaign with a first league win of the season -- Diego Llorente's early goal proving enough to beat Watford 1-0 at Elland Road.

Promoted Norwich City earned their first point of the season and ended a run of 16 consecutive Premier League defeats as they ground out a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Burnley.

Newcastle United's troubles also continued as the Magpies went down 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers for whom South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan struck twice from assists by Raul Jimenez to help Wolves move clear of the relegation zone.

Norwich remain bottom with one point with Newcastle and Burnley, who are also winless, on three.

Brighton held goalless by unimpressive Arsenal

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is thwarted by Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy and Robert Sanchez.

IMAGE: Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is thwarted by Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Brighton & Hove Albion created a slew of chances but failed to get many of them on target as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a rudderless Arsenal in the Premier League late on Saturday.

On a wet, blustery evening, Arsenal's Bukayo Saka got the game off to a promising start with a raid down the right and a shot straight at Robert Sanchez in the opening minute, but it was one of few chances for the visitors in a dismal attacking performance.

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk fluffed a golden chance to give the home side the lead in the 21st minute, blazing the ball high over the bar after it was spilled by Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The Seagulls dominated the opening 45 minutes but it was Arsenal who went closest to scoring as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed against the post from a tight angle during a rare first-half attack.

The home side were sharper all over the field, their incisive passing and quick movement pulling the Arsenal defence all over the place, and the visitors' limited attacks were short-lived as Brighton won the ball back and began again.

Named on the left of a five-man midfield, Brighton's Spanish defender Marc Cucurella put in a superb performance up and down that flank, taking part in attacks and getting back to snuff out any counters.

But for all their possession, Brighton struggled to get shots on target and they were almost punished when Emile Smith Rowe broke away in the 75th minute, but Sanchez was able to steer his shot behind for a corner.

With the final whistle approaching, Brighton turned the screw as they created a flurry of late chances, but the Arsenal rearguard held firm despite conceding 21 goal-scoring opportunities to claim a scarcely-deserved point.

"It was a difficult game, they made it hard and we have to give credit to them," said Arsenal's Ramsdale.

"We have got to get around that, we have to show more composure and intensity on the ball and make it harder for them."

The result sees Brighton rise to fifth in the table on 14 points after seven games, two behind leaders Chelsea. Arsenal, who have only managed five goals in their opening seven league games, are ninth on 10 points.

 

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