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PIX: Arsenal rally to hold Chelsea; City, United win

Last updated on: October 22, 2023 09:19 IST
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A summary of Saturday's action in the Premier League.

Arsenal rally from two goals down to draw at Chelsea

Leandro Trossard scores Arsenal's second goal.

IMAGE: Leandro Trossard scores Arsenal's second goal during the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Arsenal fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw and preserve their unbeaten start to the Premier League season in a high-energy encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with late goals from Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard.

Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea, who looked good for their lead until midway through the second half, had gone ahead in the 15th minute through a cool Cole Palmer penalty.

 

Arsenal defender William Saliba rose to hold off Mykhailo Mudryk and the Ukrainian's header glanced off his opponent's hand. Referee Christopher Kavanagh awarded the spot kick after a VAR check.

Mudryk, ever busy in attack, scored Chelsea's second three minutes after the break, lifting the ball into the top right hand corner of the net over the stranded Raya.

There was some debate over whether he meant to cross the ball or was aiming for the goal, but the jubilant crowd, who have watched their side struggle for points in recent months, did not care.

It was an evening of goalkeeping nerves with both Raya and Chelsea keeper Robert Sanchez making errors in the high energy encounter.

Sanchez's sloppy distribution led to Arsenal's 76th minute strike from Declan Rice, who pounced on the loose ball before the Chelsea defenders and sent it past the out-of -position keeper into an open goal.

Rice, a former Chelsea junior, said he had to decide quickly what to do with the ball.

"Instead of driving the ball with my laces I had to curl it. It was a quick instinct about whether to pass the ball to someone or take it on," he told BBC.

Arsenal, encouraged, poured forward and Chelsea were forced to defend deeply in the final quarter of the game.

Substitute Leandro Trossard then silenced Stamford Bridge in the 84th minute with a neat finish from a fine Bukayo Saka cross to earn Mikel Arteta's side a point.

They returned to second in the table, level on 21 points with leaders Manchester City while Chelsea are ninth, on 12.

Manchester City return to winning ways with win over Brighton

Manchester City

IMAGE: Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring Manchester City's second goal. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff /Reuters

Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, thanks to first-half goals by Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland.

After back-to-back league defeats, City were cruising to victory but Ansu Fati's 73rd-minute reply for Brighton threatened to make it an anxious finale at the Etihad Stadium.

Alvarez opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a scuffed shot following great work by Jeremy Doku.

With influential midfielder Rodri back from suspension, City dominated the first half and Haaland took advantage of sloppy Brighton play to smash in City's second after 19 minutes.

City should have added to their total but Brighton made things interesting when Fati slotted home and the hosts ended with 10 men after Manuel Akanji was shown a second yellow card deep in stoppage time.

Akanji will miss next week's Manchester derby.

Victory lifted champions City back to the top of the table with 21 points from nine games, although Arsenal could go top with a win at Chelsea in a later kickoff.

There was clear relief after almost 10 minutes of stoppage time for City's players and manager Pep Guardiola who had only lost three successive league games once in his career.

City were not back to their fluent best but Brighton, who dropped to seventh, deserve credit for the way they stretched the hosts after such a poor start.

Doku was again preferred to Jack Grealish and the Belgian's pace was a constant thorn in Brighton's side.

It was his teasing run down the left and cut back that helped City open the scoring although Alvarez's strike was far from flush but evaded Jason Steele.

Haaland had gone almost a month without a goal for City but he needed no second invitation to end that dry spell as Brighton made a mess of a throw-in deep in their own half and the Norwegian was allowed through to fire past Steele for his 45th Premier League goal in 44 games.

Salah brace earns Liverpool win over 10-man Everton

Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's first goal from the penalty spot.

IMAGE: Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's first goal from the penalty spot. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Mohamed Salah rode to Liverpool's rescue again as he scored two late goals in a 2-0 Premier League victory over a determined 10-man Everton in Saturday's Merseyside derby at Anfield, after Ashley Young was sent off for the visitors in the first half.

Salah slotted home a penalty past Everton keeper Jordan Pickford to break the deadlock in the 75th minute after Michael Keane was penalised for a handball, then doubled Liverpool's advantage with his 201st league goal deep in stoppage time.

It had been a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool up until Salah grabbed the opener as they struggled to break down a resilient Everton, who had defended resolutely after Young was dismissed for a second booking in the 37th minute.

Juergen Klopp's side provisionally climbed top of the standings on 20 points in the Premier League's first game of the weekend, while Everton are 16th.

Salah has either scored or assisted in every one of his last 13 Premier League appearances at Anfield, a home streak topped only by Alan Shearer (18) and Thierry Henry (17).

Klopp was clearly delighted after his side's first win in three league matches, pumping a victorious fist to the cheering Liverpool fans.

Sean Dyche's side, who have just one victory in their last 29 clashes with Liverpool, did well to keep their rivals at bay for much of the game after Young was sent off with his second yellow card for a mistimed tackle on Luis Diaz.

Young's ejection marked the 23rd Premier League red card in the impassioned Merseyside derby.

Manchester United beat Sheffield United to secure back-to-back wins

Diogo Dalot scores Manchester United's second goal.

IMAGE: Diogo Dalot scores Manchester United's second goal. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

Scott McTominay scored his third goal in two games and Diogo Dalot netted the winner in Manchester United's 2-1 Premier League victory at Sheffield United to secure their first back-to-back wins of the season.

On a solemn day for United following the death of club great Bobby Charlton, Erik ten Hag's side climbed to eighth in the standings on 15 points after nine games. Sheffield United are bottom with one point.

"First and foremost it is a really sad day," said Manchester defender Harry Maguire. "We obviously found out this afternoon and preparing for a game it hit us hard. Sir Bobby came into the dressing room a lot and he lit the place up.

"We are delighted to win the game but this is more than football and our thoughts are with his family."

McTominay, who scored two last-gasp goals in United's 2-1 win over Brentford two weeks ago, volleyed home in the 28th minute. The Scot's handball six minutes later, however, led to Oli McBurnie's penalty which he slotted past keeper Andre Onana.

Dalot scored from 25 yards out in the 77th minute with a fine strike which keeper Wes Foderingham could only get his fingertips to, bringing the Manchester fans to their feet chanting "There's only one Bobby Charlton!"

Manchester United players wore black armbands and captain Bruno Fernandes placed a wreath onto the Bramall Lane pitch in memory of Charlton who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the club's history. Charlton died at the age of 86.

For swaths of the first half, the Blades looked nothing like a bottom team. They put Onana to work early when Cameron Archer's hard shot from just outside the 18-yard box sailed between Maguire's legs and was pushed away by a diving Onana.

Man United had numerous near-misses including Fernandes's free-kick that cleared the wall but clanged off the crossbar just before the break.

Rasmus Hojlund had a point-blank shot in first-half injury time on a deflected shot from Marcus Rashford, but Foderingam smothered the effort.

Rashford's left-footed shot that hit the far post after the break had Manchester fans groaning, the first of numerous second-half chances for the visitors who peppered Sheffield's net in the closing minutes.

Wolves pounce on late error to beat 10-man Bournemouth

Wolves

IMAGE: Sasa Kalajdzic celebrates scoring Wolverhampton Wanderers' second goal with teammate Rayan Ait-Nouri. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Bournemouth remain winless in the Premier League after Gary O'Neil's Wolverhampton Wanderers beat his former club 2-1 with a late winner from Sasa Kalajdzic on the south coast.

O'Neil, who helped Bournemouth secure their top-flight survival last season, was sacked in June and replaced by Andoni Iraola hours later. But he made a winning return to the Vitality Stadium to put more pressure on his Spanish counterpart.

Wolves moved up to 12th with their third win of the season while Bournemouth, who have dropped 11 points from winning positions this season, remain in the relegation zone in 19th with three points.

Wolves forward Pedro Neto rattled the bar early on but it was Bournemouth who took the lead through a fast-flowing move down the right, which finished with Philip Billing finding Dominic Solanke in the box for a calm flick into the net.

But Wolves came out on the front foot in the second half and needed only 71 seconds to equalise when Neto drove into the box and found Matheus Cunha who curled a first-time effort into the back of the net.

Things went from bad to worse for Bournemouth seven minutes later when Lewis Cook saw red after he hacked down Hwang Hee-chan and head-butted the South Korean striker when he squared up in anger.

With the two sides seemingly set to share the spoils, Bournemouth keeper Neto took a quick goal kick in the 88th minute only for Wolves to pounce and win the ball back from Billing. Hwang then set up substitute Kalajdzic for an easy late winner.

Murphy magic as Newcastle thrash hapless Palace

Newcastle

IMAGE: Newcastle United's Jacob Murphy celebrates scoring. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy scored his side's first goal and made two more as they secured a sizzling 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at St James' Park to move up to fifth in the Premier League table.

Murphy teamed up with full back Kieran Trippier to torment Palace during a brilliant first-half display in which they scored three goals and wasted almost as many gilt-edged chances as they dominated their visitors.

The 28-year-old Murphy set Newcastle on their way in the fourth minute as he met Trippier's cushioned first-time pass with a brilliant volley that flew over Palace keeper Sam Johnstone and into the net.

The home side wasted a number of decent chances before Murphy teed up Anthony Gordon, who had previously hit the crossbar, to double the lead with a sumptuous first-time finish in the 44th minute.

Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff added another in stoppage time to send his team in 3-0 up after 45 minutes of complete domination in which Palace failed to register a shot on target.

They finally troubled home keeper Nick Pope in the 66th minute but he was equal to the task, and less than a minute later Callum Wilson got Newcastle's fourth, making the most of a brilliant ball bent in by Murphy and guiding it past Johnstone to round off the scoring.

Pope pulled off a brilliant save in the 85th minute to keep out Odsonne Edouard's free kick and keep his clean sheet intact as Newcastle coasted to a comfortable win that left them fifth in the standings on 16 points, five behind leaders Manchester City and four ahead of Palace in 11th.

Brentford beat 10-man Burnley to end win drought

EPL

IMAGE: Burnley's Dara O'Shea in action with Brentford's Frank Onyeka. Photograph: Ian Walton/Reuters

Brentford beat 10-man Burnley 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday with strike partners Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo back on target to give the West Londoners a first home win of the season and end a six game victory drought in all competitions.

The 1-0 halftime scoreline at the Community Stadium flattered the visitors, who had England under-21 goalkeeper James Trafford to thank for keeping them in the game with a series of outstanding saves.

Brentford could easily have been three or four goals up by the break, with returning Everton loanee Neal Maupay setting the tone from the second minute with a shot just wide past a diving Trafford.

Maupay had the ball in the back of the net after eight minutes but the flag was up and the header was ruled offside after a VAR review.

Wissa broke the deadlock in the 25th with a simple tap-in from close range after a cross from Mbeumo, who doubled the tally in the 62nd minute with a powerful curling shot from outside the box into the top corner.

Second half substitute Saman Ghoddos made it 3-0 on the half-volley in the 87th after Burnley defender Connor Roberts was sent off for a second yellow in the 78th.

Maupay also had several chances to score, his shot at Trafford in the 28th minute escaping under the keeper and rolling tantalisingly towards goal before Dara O'Shea hurriedly cleared it away.

The Frenchman had another chance tipped over the bar by Trafford in the 43rd, with the goalkeeper also saving an earlier Mbeumo effort.

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