Free-spending Chelsea got here from 3-Zero all the way down to salvage a 3-Three draw at newly-promoted West Brom, whereas Manchester United had been rescued by Bruno Fernandes’s 100th-minute penalty, awarded after the full-time whistle, to beat Brighton 3-2 on Saturday. But it’s Everton who’re setting the early tempo within the Premier League as they secured a 3rd straight win in controversial circumstances, 2-1 at Crystal Palace.
Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard handed the captain’s armband to Thiago Silva on his Premier League debut, however the Brazilian had a nightmare first 45 minutes because the Blues’ defensive deficiencies had been simply uncovered.
Callum Robison pounced on errors from Marcos Alonso and Silva to fireplace twice past Willy Caballero, who changed Kepa Arrizabalaga within the Chelsea aim.
Kyle Bartley then made it 3-Zero to the Baggies, who had misplaced their opening two video games again within the prime flight.
Chelsea have spent a reported 220 million kilos ($280 million) to attempt to shut the hole to Liverpool and Manchester City within the title race and even a spirited second-half fightback couldn’t conceal the embarrassment of his facet’s defending for Lampard, who’ve taken simply 4 factors from their first three video games.
Mason Mount bought the comeback began to a swerving long-range effort.
Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi then swept dwelling 20 minutes from time after a neat one-two with Kai Havertz.
And Tammy Abraham secured some extent in stoppage time when he rolled within the rebound after Sam Johnstone had parried Mount’s preliminary effort.
Man Utd “get away with it”
United bounced again from their 3-1 dwelling defeat to Palace final weekend, however had a whole lot of fortune on their facet after being outplayed by Brighton.
The Seagulls hit the woodwork 5 occasions and thought that they had earned some extent themselves 5 minutes into stoppage time when Solly March headed dwelling on the again submit.
However, there simply sufficient time for United to mount one other assault and Neal Maupay raised his arm to dam Harry Maguire’s header.
Referee Chris Kavanagh initially blew for full-time, however then awarded a penalty after consulting the pitchside monitor and Fernandes confidently transformed.
“We got away with one. Maybe one point we deserved, we didn’t deserve more,” admitted United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After Leandro Trossard hit each posts with pictures from exterior the field, whereas Adam Webster’s looping header got here again off the crossbar, Brighton lastly bought their reward when Fernandes clipped Tariq Lamptey contained in the field and Maupay cheekily chipped his penalty down the center of the aim.
Graham Potter’s males undid their good work three minutes later when Lewis Dunk’s personal aim introduced United stage earlier than the guests scored a shocking second via Marcus Rashford early within the second-half.
March hit the submit earlier than Trossard’s unlucky hat-trick was full when he smashed off the bar.
And even as soon as they did stage, Brighton had been denied some extent in a chaotic finale.
“Sometimes life isn’t fair and it feels like that at the moment,” mentioned Potter. “The performance level was amazing from us, I’m so proud of the players. It’s a sore one.
Everton sit top of the embryonic table as they won the battle of two sides who started the day with a perfect record thanks to a controversial penalty on their own.
James Rodriguez again starred for Carlo Ancelotti’s men and played his part in Everton’s opener, converted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin for already his fifth Premier League goal of the season.
Palace quickly responded through Cheikhou Kouyate, but the game was decided by a VAR review five minutes before half-time.
After consulting the pitchside monitor, Kevin Friend pointed to the spot for handball by Joel Ward after he was struck on the arm by Lucas Digne’s header and Richarlison converted the spot-kick.
“I’ve despair a few rule that I imagine is ruining the sport of soccer,” mentioned Palace boss Roy Hodgson.
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