Thanks to an Erling Haaland hat-trick, Manchester City overthrew Crystal Palace (4-2), as Liverpool equaled the Premier League record for their first victory of the season against Bournemouth (9-0), on the 4th day on Saturday.
City carried by a Haaland force 3
Quickly led 2 -0 by Palace, the defending champion ended up enforcing the hierarchy with his Norwegian prodigy as executor of the base works.
Pep Guardiola's men temporarily regain the lead in the standings, on goal difference , ahead of the surprising Brighton, winner of Leeds (1-0), with 10 points in 4 days. But Arsenal, 9 points, receives Fulham at the start of the evening.
Despite 75% possession and 7 shots on goal, but 0 on target, in the first period, City found themselves led by achievements from John Stones against his camp (0-1, 4th) and Joachim Andersen (0-2, 21st ).
He started to correct the shot by Bernardo Silva, on a deflected shot (1-2, 53rd), before the Haaland “show” began.
The Norwegian first victoriously headed a skillful pass from Phil Foden (2-2, 62nd), before finding himself at the right time to push a missed strike from John Stones (3-2, 70th).
Well launched by Ilkay Gündogan, he drove the point home (4-2, 81st) against the men of a disappointed Patrick Vieira.
Firmino wakes up Liverpool
Author of a double and three assists, the Brazilian striker of Liverpool, Roberto Firmino greatly contributed to the first victory of the season of the Reds, without pity for the promoted Bournemouth (9 -0), equaling the record for most success in the Premier League.
With 5 points in 4 games, they climb to 8th place, but already 5 lengths behind City.
It didn't take Firmino 30 minutes to give his three gifts to Luis Diaz ( 1-0, 3rd), Harvey Eliott (2-0, 6th) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (3-0, 28th).
In the 31st, he added a goal to his tally (4 -0) and a second to worsen the score (7-0, 62nd) to crown his XXL performance.
Virgil van Dijk (5-0, 45th), Chris Mepham (6-0, 46th), against his camp, Fabio Carvalho (8-0, 80th) and Diaz, for his double (9-0, 85th) completed this festival against the Cherries who have taken 16 goals in three games against City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
United continues with Ronaldo replacing
Manchester United confirmed on Saturday his return to form with a victory at Southampton (1-0), which Cristiano Ronaldo started as a substitute.
After beating Liverpool (2-1), the Red Devils have six points and go back temporarily to 7th place.
Coach Erik ten Hag had decided to relegate “CR7” to the bench once again, a few days before the end of the transfer window, bringing him on in the 68th minute.
The performance of his players been solid and realistic enough to prove him right, Manchester not conceding an away goal for the first time since December and winning back-to-back league games for the first time since February.
The victory came from a great collective action skilfully concluded with the flat foot by Bruno Fernandes at the entrance to the surface (1-0, 55th).
Ronaldo, who was then warming up along from the touchline, was the first to congratulate his compatriot. He came into play in the 68th.
The last days of the transfer window could be active in terms of arrivals and departures for the Red Devils, but in terms of cohesion and application, the new Manchester United slowly taking shape.
Chelsea are clinging on
Reduced to 10 before the half-hour mark, Chelsea snatched an important victory against Leicester (2 -1), thanks to a double from Raheem Sterling (47th and 63rd), which was answered by a goal from Harvey Barnes (66th).
The Blues, severely beaten by Leeds (3-0), the last week, are in ambush in 6th place, with 7 points.
However, they were saved by the crossbar at the very end of the match on a shot from Ayoze Perez and they too should redouble their efforts to strengthen by midnight Thursday, end of the summer transfer window.
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