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Premier League Recap: Gameweek 2

The second gameweek of the Premier League pulled off some major surprises and was one that was filled with goals, with only a single goalless draw.

Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle United

This game might have ended in a goalless draw, but it was surely one of the most entertaining games of the week. Newcastle came into the game as favourites, but Cardiff managed to boss the game and Newcastle were often dull and had a lack of ideas going forward, with Jonjo Shelvey often lobbing the ball up torwards Joselu, yet it was to no effect. Cardiff's aerial threat troubled Newcastle time and time again, yet Kenneth Zohore could not find the net after several occasions. Newcastle's Kenedy had a torrid afternoon, being lucky not to be sent off in the first half after kicking a Cardiff player, squandering a free-kick late on and also having a penalty saved by Neil Etheridge in the final minutes of the match. Apart from this, Newcastle finished the majority of the second half with 10 men, after Isaac Hayden was sent off for a very late tackle. The game eventually ended in a draw, and plenty of fans agreed that it was probably a fair result.

Everton 2-1 Southampton

Everton came out on top in a very tight fixture between them and the Saints. Everton opened the scoring early on after a well-worked free-kick move saw Theo Walcott dink the ball over the goalkeeper, giving them a deserved lead. Southampton did muster some chances though, mainly through Danny Ings who had a rebound hit the woodwork instead of go into the goal. After that chance, Everton got down the other end and Walcott whipped in a marvellous cross that Richarlison latched onto with his head in order to double their lead. However, Ings did manage to get his first goal for the club in the second half, after he was left unmarked in a corner to slot the ball into the net, yet it was not enough for the Saints.

Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leicester sneaked a win away from Wolves after the newly-promoted side had dominated the whole game and had created plenty of good chances. Wolves hit the woodwork early on through Joao Moutinho who curled a ball only to see it not go in. To make matters worse, Wolves' Barry Douglas missed a gilt-edged chance afterwards, and just a few minutes after the miss, Raul Jimenez had a long-ranged effort hit the post. Barry Douglas had an even worse moment later on, after a cross from Marc Albrighton fell to his head as he diverted the ball into his own goal, giving Leicester a very lucky lead. Wolves' woes would not end there though, as a shot from outside the box from James Maddison was deflected past Rui Patricio to hand the Foxes another goal. Jamie Vardy got sent off in the second half, after sliding in through Matt Docherty, earning a very justified red card. Just a few minutes afterwards, Jonny had a shot hit the post, resulting in Wolves striking the woodwork 3 times, yet there was still no goal. Ruben Neves did have a pop very late on, with a wonderful volley that was whistling into the top corner, yet Kasper Schmeichel was up to the task in order to finish the match with a two-nil win.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Fulham

Tottenham got back-to-back wins in the league after dispatching Fulham on Saturday. Spurs were bright throughout the whole match, yet they missed plenty of chances, mainly Lucas Moura who headed wide early on and had a one-on-one that ended up with him over-running the ball. However, Lucas did score the hardest of the chances, curling a ball with his left-foot into the top corner, to hand Spurs the lead. Aleksandar Mitrovic did have a sight of goal as he hit the post after a well-driven shot, but he did manage to score soon after, as a cross from Ryan Sessegnon ended in his path as he headed in as calmly as ever to level the scores up. Tottenham did manage to re-take the lead, even after Harry Kane hit the wood-work with a close-range chance, as afterwards, Kieran Trippier lined up a free-kick, which he curled beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. Harry Kane did manage to score his first ever league goal in August, as he placed the ball beyond the opposition goalkeeper to hand Spurs a three-one win against the fellow London side.

West Ham United 1-2 AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth managed to claw themselves back from being on the losing side after overturning the scoreline. Lukasz Fabianski was put to the test very early on, making a handful of saves mainly a very good one against Callum Wilson. However, Nathan Ake brought down Javier Hernandez in the box, with Marko Arnautovic scoring the penalty as calmly as ever. Fabianski was repeatedly put to the test, but eventually he was beaten, after a fine run from Wilson left him free to finish past the Polish goalkeeper. Just a few minutes after, Ryan Fraser crossed the ball, and Steve Cook rose to head the ball unmarked, nestling it in the net to give Bournemouth the win.

Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal

The heavyweight match of the weekend ended with the Blues coming out on top, as the Gunners fell to their second defeat of the season already. Chelsea started very well, with Marcos Alonso finding Pedro alone in the box to slot the ball into the back of the net. Arsenal missed lots of sitters throughout the game, with Aubameyang missing the first one with an open goal. Alvaro Morata brilliantly took on the Arsenal defence and finished with his left foot on the counter to double Chelsea's lead. Henrikh Mkhiitaryan missed another sitter, almost identical to Aubameyang's one, but the Armenian did make up for his error just a few moments after, striking the ball with his left foot past Kepa Arrizabalaga. Mkhitaryan had another effect on the scoreline after driving the ball into the Chelsea box, for Alex Iwobi to blast it past the Spanish goalkeeper, to send Arsenal level in the break. Before the break, Aubameyang had another glorious chance to score, yet he somehow managed to drift the ball wide of the goal. Arsenal's efforts were all in vain, as in the second half, Chelsea split the Arsenal defence apart, and Marcos Alonso was left to place the ball past Petr Cech, giving the Blues the win in this London clash.

Burnley 1-3 Watford

Watford continued their brilliant start to the season with a win against the very resolute Burnley. Watford were the better side throughout the whole contest, and they opened up the scoring with a fine cross from Troy Deeney that found Andre Gray, who volleyed the ball excellently past Joe Hart. Burnley did manage to get back on terms, with a corner from Gudmundsson finding James Tarkowski as he scored his first league goal for Burnley. Abdoulaye Doucoure was not going to let Burnley control the game, as he split the defence completely open with a magnificent pass to Troy Deeney, who with all his experienced slotted the ball past Hart. Will Hughes finished Burnley off with a thunderous strike from outside the box that nestled into the top corner.

Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield Town

The reigning champions thrashed the Terriers in their first home game of the season, with two early goals coming from Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus respectively, who both finished their chances brilliantly. Sergio Aguero had another goal in the first half, as he tapped the ball in the net after Ben Hamer spilled the ball in his own box. Huddersfield got themselves a lifeline before half-time, as a long-throw found Steve Mounie's head, who flicked it to the on-rushing Jon Gorenc-Stankovic, who put the ball past Ederson. David Silva restored Man City's three goal lead after half-time, from a wonderful free-kick that was put right into the top right corner, leaving Hamer rooted to the spot. Sergio Aguero was keen for a hat-trick, and even though he saw one of his shots hit the post, he did manage to get his third goal, after helping the ball into the net from a Benjamin Mendy cross, and in the final stages of the match, Leroy Sane had a shot deflected by Terence Kongolo, as it ended into the back of the net.

Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester United

Brighton surprised Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, as they exposed several defensive mistakes that Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof made. Glenn Murray constantly troubled the central defenders and eventually he opened up the scoring after latching onto a cross from the left, leaving Lindelof unaware of where the striker was. To make matters worse for the Red Devils, Bailly failed to deal safely with a through ball from the Brighton midfield, and the Seagulls scored from the resulting corner after Shane Duffy was left unmarked in the box, in order to finish past De Gea. Manchester United got themselves back in the game after Luke Shaw had a deflected shot land on Romelu Lukaku's head, as he headed it into the net, reducing the deficit. However, the deficit was soon reinstated, as Pascal Grob was tripped by Bailly in a very wild manner, with the German tucking the resulting penalty in the middle, past the Spaniard. United continued to be dull and lackluster in attack, but they did manage to get another consolation goal in the final few seconds of the match, after Marouane Fellaini was tripped by Duffy, as Paul Pogba, who had a woeful game, slotted the penalty beyond the reach of Mathew Ryan.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool extended their magnificent start to the season, as they beat a very good and solid Palace side. Mohamed Salah got them off to a great start, as he won a penalty after being fouled in the box by Mamadou Sakho, with the reliable James Milner scoring the penalty as always. Before the goal, Andros Townsend had a great pop at goal that ended up hitting the post, even after beating Alisson. Liverpool and Palace fed off of each other in the second half, with both teams mustering plenty of chances, yet Liverpool took advantage of the Eagles' desperation to get an equaliser late on, with Sadio Mane being sent free, as he skipped past Wayne Hennessey and tucked the ball into the net. To add further injury to the Eagles' defeat, their promising youngster, Aaron-Wan Bissaka got sent off late on for barely touching Mohamed Salah as the last man.

Which result did you enjoy the most?

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