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EPL PIX: Liverpool end City's unbeaten run; United held

Last updated on: October 16, 2022 23:53 IST
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IMAGES from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday. 

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores against Manchester City at Anfield

IMAGE: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores against Manchester City at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

A superb second-half goal from Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday as the champions lost their unbeaten start to the Premier League season in a heated thriller that saw home coach Juergen Klopp red-carded.

 

After an opening period that failed to live up to the game's blockbuster billing, the second half began at a ferocious pace, with Egypt international Salah denied by a superb save from City goalkeeper Ederson moments after the break.

City then thought they had taken the lead through Phil Foden in the 53rd minute, sparking wild celebrations on the City bench, only for it to be ruled out following a VAR review, Erling Haaland deemed to have fouled Fabinho in the build-up.

Liverpool made the most of their reprieve and kept coming at City, with the pressure eventually paying off as Salah raced clear after a mistake from Joao Cancelo to fire what proved to be the winner 14 minutes from time.

As City threw everything at Liverpool late on, tensions boiled over with Klopp sent to the stands for his over-zealous protestations against a foul he felt his side should have had.

The final pass was lacking for the visitors in the end as Liverpool held on for just their third league win of the season to move up to eighth in the standings on 13 points, 10 behind second-placed City, who trail leaders Arsenal by four points.

Arsenal hold off hungry Leeds to stay top of Premier League

Arsenal's William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu celebrate after the match against Leeds United at Elland Road, Leeds

IMAGE: Arsenal's William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu celebrate after the match against Leeds United at Elland Road, Leeds. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Arsenal handed Leeds United their first home loss of the season with a gritty 1-0 victory in a frantic game at Elland Road on Sunday to remain top of the Premier League with their best ever start to a season.

Bukayo Saka's first-half goal was enough to give Arsenal a spirited victory against an eager Leeds side, marking the first time in the North London club's history that they have won nine of their opening 10 games in a top-flight season.

Saka opened the scoring for Arsenal against the run of play in the 35th minute when he latched onto Martin Odegaard's through-ball to smash a shot over goalkeeper Illan Meslier's head from a narrow angle.

The result left Arsenal on 27 points from 10 games, four ahead of Manchester City, who were playing at Liverpool later on Sunday, and local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

"My heart is still racing but I'm just really happy to get the three points," Saka told Sky Sports.

"It was a really tough game. Leeds did well, especially in the second half, and they put a lot of pressure on us.

"Big momentum for us, we've won another game. We need to keep this going and today we showed we can win no matter what."

In a match that was suspended for 38 minutes shortly after kickoff due to a power cut at the stadium, Arsenal were under intense pressure from an energetic Leeds side who pressed hard for 90 minutes and never let the visitors settle down.

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford had the ball in the net within a minute into the second half as the home crowd erupted, but their joy was short-lived as the referee ruled the effort out for the Englishman's foul on Arsenal centre back Gabriel.

Leeds had another opportunity when defender William Saliba handled the ball in the box, with the VAR asking referee Chris Kavanagh to take a second look before a penalty was awarded, but Bamford's strike went wide to give Arsenal a huge let-off.

"I think it would have changed the game. At 1-1, I think we could have pushed the game," Leeds boss Jesse Marsch said.

The home side were awarded another penalty when Kavanagh sent off Gabriel in added time for kicking out at Bamford but a VAR check revealed the striker had pushed the defender to the ground first and the referee reversed the decision.

Arsenal failed to produce anything of note in the second half but did enough to stop the waves of Leeds attacks, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale making four saves and even one tackle in the game.

"It was a really good performance from us. Discipline, concentration over the entire match even with the late start," Marsch added after the result left Leeds 15th in the tableon nine points from nine games.

"A performance that showed that when we play the way we want to play, we can be very good. That's the best team in the league right now and today we were better."

Manchester United held by Newcastle

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo argues with referee Craig Pawson before he is shown a yellow card during their match against Newcastle at Old Trafford

IMAGE: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo argues with referee Craig Pawson before he is shown a yellow card during their match against Newcastle at Old Trafford. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Manchester United and an unusually goal-shy Cristiano Ronaldo were unable to find a way past Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday in a 0-0 draw that kept both teams in the top six.

Showing a passion and solidity sometimes lacking from their hosts, Eddie Howe's Newcastle had the best chance of the game with an extraordinary double header from Joelinton in the first half that came first off the crossbar then off the post.

Newcastle's Callum Wilson also had a penalty shout denied.

Feted before the game for reaching 700 club goals in his career, Ronaldo twice had the ball in the back of the net. But he was offside for the first, while the second was disallowed when he cheekily nicked the ball off Newcastle to stroke it home after claiming a free kick had been taken.

Ronaldo has only scored twice this season for Manchester United, with some pundits already declaring the twilight of his brilliant career.

The result left Manchester United fifth on 16 points, with Newcastle sixth on 15 points with one more game played.

Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes is tackled by Manchester United's Casemiro

IMAGE: Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes is tackled by Manchester United's Casemiro. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Erik ten Hag's subdued strike force will again come under a harsh spotlight after an unimpressive mid-week Europa League performance when they missed countless chances and left it late for a 1-0 win over Omonia Nicosia.

Antony was again Manchester United's brightest spark, with one close-range shot stopped by Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope's shins. Despite seeing plenty of the ball, however, he was unable to wriggle past Newcastle's dogged defence or find the perfect cross for his fellow strikers.

Marcus Rashford, on as a substitute for Ronaldo, set up Fred with a late chance but the midfielder pulled his shot just wide. Rashford then missed a header in the final minute as Manchester United pressed for what would have been an undeserved winner.

Roared on non-stop by their travelling army, Newcastle had the best of the first half, frequently finding promising positions after sloppy passing by their opponents.

But without injured striker Alexander Isak, the visitors failed to apply the finishing touch their efforts deserved.

In the second half, Newcastle were forced more onto the backfoot, but in truth had little trouble holding out against the hosts.

Mount hits brace in Chelsea’s win at Villa

Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring their second goal against Aston Villa at Villa Park in Birmingham

IMAGE: Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring their second goal against Aston Villa at Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph: Hannah Mckay/Reuters

Graham Potter's impressive start as Chelsea manager continued as Mason Mount's double gave his side a 2-0 Premier League victory at struggling Aston Villa on Sunday.

Chelsea are unbeaten in six games since Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge and the win at Villa was their fifth in a row in all competitions.

They were given a helping hand by their hosts with Mount cashing in on a horribly misguided defensive header by Tyrone Mings in the sixth minute.

Villa responded well and created several good chances before the break but were frustrated by Chelsea's keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who made a series of saves including a miraculous one to deny Danny Ings an equaliser.

Any hope of Villa salvaging something from the game disappeared in the 65th minute when Mount's dipping free kick deceived keeper Emiliano Martinez.

Victory left Chelsea in fourth place with 19 points from nine games, four behind London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Villa are 16th, one point above the relegation zone, with pressure mounting on manager Steven Gerrard who was taunted by Chelsea fans throughout the game.

With England manager Gareth Southgate sitting in the stands to run the rule over some of his England squad, the day could not have been more different for Mings and Mount.

Mings has lost his place in the England squad and hardly boosted his prospects of a recall for the Qatar World Cup when he gifted Mount Chelsea's opener.

Ben Chilwell's pass was deflected up in the air and Mings got his clearing header all wrong, glancing it backwards towards his own goal where Mount pounced to volley home.

Chelsea's goal led something of a charmed life after that with Arrizabalaga producing excellent saves to keep out efforts by John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey as Villa attacked with verve.

His best effort, however, was springing through the air to keep out an Ings header from point-blank range.

Raheem Sterling was denied by the woodwork as Chelsea looked dangerous going forward but rocky at the back.

Mings's afternoon got worse when he gave away the foul which gave Mount the chance to size up a free kick.

The England midfielder got plenty of movement on the ball but Martinez should have done more to keep it out.

Villa were subdued after that but while there were boos at the final whistle, Gerrard would have been encouraged by the way his team caused Chelsea problems.

Rice strikes to earn West Ham draw at Southampton

West Ham United's Declan Rice celebrates with teammates on scoring their first goal against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton

IMAGE: West Ham United's Declan Rice celebrates with teammates on scoring their first goal against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Declan Rice drilled home a curling effort from outside the penalty area to secure West Ham United a point in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton on Sunday.

Skipper Rice expertly bent in his 64th-minute effort to give the visitors a deserved share of the spoils after Romain Perraud had put the Saints ahead in the 20th minute.

The draw ended a run of four successive defeats for Southampton but the point and performance did little to ease the pressure on beleaguered manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

They remained in the bottom three on eight points while West Ham moved up to 11th position with 11 points from their opening 10 games of the season.

West Ham complained long and hard about Perraud’s goal, claiming a foul throw from Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up and that referee Peter Bankes impeded Jarrod Bowen as he made an effort to block Perraud’s shot from the edge of the penalty area.

But a VAR check allowed the goal to stand, to the indignation of the away side who had dominated the early exchanges.

Emerson served early notice with a headed effort inches wide in the third minute followed by several near misses from Gianluca Scamacca, who proved a handful for the home side.

West Ham came closest in the first half, however, when their record signing Lucas Paqueta headed a deft cross from Sacamacca across the goal and onto the outside of the upright in the 38th minute.

That was minutes after an opportunity for the home side when Che Adams’s powerful shot forced a sharp diving save out of Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Southampton could have doubled their lead six minutes into the second half on the counter-attack but Mohamed Elyounoussi’s cross to Adams was expertly intercepted by Aaron Creswell to deny a golden chance.

West Ham equalised after a quick one-two between Rice and substitute Said Benrahma and the England international picked his spot to strike home a superb effort for his first league goal in 12 months.

Benrahma and Scamacca continued to apply the pressure in search of a win but both had efforts blocked.

Southampton made a late appeal for a penalty after a handball from Tomas Soucek but it was waved away.

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