EPL Update [Round 2]: United coast on. Chelsea bounce back. Arsenal fall

Premir League Update


Spotkik’s Premier League update for Season 2017-2018, Week 2. Manchester United continue their excellent run this season as they post another big win. However the Gunners record their first loss of the season. 
Raheem Sterling scored late at the Etihad Stadium to earn a draw for Manchester City after Everton’s Wayne Rooney hit his 200th league goal. City had been building momentum prior to the opening goal and then recovered well before Walker clashed with Dominic Calvert-Lewin – a soft second bookable offence leaving the hosts a man down for the entire second half. But Pep Guardiola’s men kept pushing and, after a series of squandered chances, Sterling blasted an 82nd-minute equaliser to keep City unbeaten at this early stage of the season.
Goals: Sterling 82′ — Rooney 35′
The Blues travelled to Wembley with the hope that they could get their league defense back on the right trajectory after falling surprisingly in their league opener against Burnley. It was Marcos Alonso who proved the hero of the day, but not without a nervy spell especially after the Spaniard converted a spectacular free-kick from just outside the 18 yard box. Spurs came firing all cylinders with Dele Alli continuing from where he stopped last season with his silky touches and the ever rampaging Harry Kane causing all form of problems for the Chelsea back trio. Just when it seemed Chelsea were disciplined enough to contain Spurs, Diego Conte introduced Batshuayi in the place of Morata with the hope of killing the game. However, it was Batshuayi’s own-goal that brought Tottenham back in the game. The player desperate to make amends charged into the 18 but was impeded without an infringement ruling. Just moments after, Alonso put the Blues back in the lead much to the dismay of guilty Spurs goalie, Hugo Lloris.
Goals: Batshuayi 82′ (og) — Alonso 24′, 88′ 
It was Huddersfield who won the battle of the newbies. Huddersfield’s familiar high-tempo approach had caused Newcastle problems from the outset, Mooy testing Rob Elliot from long range after just four minutes. Tom Ince also called the visitors’ goalkeeper into action, turning and shooting first time and on the half-volley after Christian Atsu had carelessly given the ball away.
But it was an eye-catching second-half strike from Aaron Mooy that did the damage for Huddersfield to secure a first-ever home Premier League victory. In the last round, it was their first ever away victory in the Premier League.
Goals: Mooy 50′
Manchester United continued their excellent run to the start of this season, but not after another close first half. Ivorian international, Eric Bailly scored his first goal ever for Manchester United, after reacting quickest to tap home a rebound from the crossbar. Romelu Lukaku continued his impressive form, doing what he was brought from Everton to do, when he put the game beyond doubt 10 minutes from time converting from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan clever pass> Mkhitaryan was involved again when he helped Pogba with an assist for the Red’s third. And Martial did the final deed, ensuring that Manchester run away with an identical scoreline to their season opener. Mourinho’s men sit on top of the league with an unassailable goals differential — at least for now.
Goals: Bailly 45′, Lukaku 80′, Pogba 82′, Martial 84′.

GoalsRicharlison 73′, Capoue 86′

Hal Robson-Kanu, was the hero of the day, but not without some drama reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Super Cup cameo. In fact Robson-Kanu became only the 4th player in Premier League history to score and be sent off after coming on as a substitute. He reacted quickest to Matt Phillips’ flick-on and finished at the near post with 20 minutes left – time enough for him to also be sent off for elbowing Matt Lowton.

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GoalsHal Robson-Kanu 71′ 

Quick-fire Shinji Okazaki put Leicester ahead early for the second consecutive time — this time ensuring that he is the first player this season to score within the first minute. Mat Ryan’s  fumble from Riyad Mahrez’s shot allowed Okazaki to tap home after 52 seconds. And then Harry Maguire headed home Mahrez’s corner nine minutes after half-time to hand the Foxes their first win of the season.

Goals: Okazaki 1′, Maguire 54′ 

Jurgen Klopp’s team seemed affected by Tuesday’s trip to Hoffenheim, and it took them lot’s of effort to pull a win here.  Sadio Mane handed Liverpool the maximum points after proving effective again against Palace. Mane has had a hand in five goals in six Premier League games vs Crystal Palace.

Goals: Mane 73′ 

Southampton score at St Mary’s. Manolo Gabbiadini took just 11 minutes to end a six-game scoreless run at home; a sign of their quick improvement under Mauricio Pellegrino, but also an indictment of how flimsy West Ham (who lost Winston Reid to injury in the warm-up) currently are. Dusan Tadic doubled the lead from the penalty spot before half-time, with Javier Hernandez quickly pulling a goal back, but only after Marko Arnautovic had seen a straight red card for an elbow.

Nevertheless, the 10 men dragged themselves back into the game, with Hernandez reacting quite brilliantly to a Fraser Forster parry to volley in an equaliser – only for Lee Mason to award Southampton a contentious stoppage-time penalty which Charlie Austin converted. Another tough afternoon for West Ham.

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Goals: Manolo Gabbiadini 11′, Tadic (pen) 38′, Austin 90′ – Hernandez 45′, 74′

Stoke debutant Jese scored the only goal to deny Arsenal of a 100 percent record after two matches. The former Real Madrid man, who joined on loan from PSG this week, slotted home with a fine finish moments after the break. It was a counter from a loose Granit Xhaka pass. A frustrated Arsene Wenger watched his side dominate possession for a large spell, and then saw a late potential Alexandre Lacazette equaliser wrongly ruled out for offside.

Goal: Jese 47′

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