Match-day three of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign witnessed only two teams winning at home, with Liverpool outclassing Arsenal, while Newcastle United and Crystal Palace pulled off the biggest shocks of the season so far with wins at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United respectively.
Liverpool and Arsenal were the only two teams left with a 100% record before last weekend but it was the Reds that showed what champions are made of, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice after Joel Matip had powered Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead in the first half.
The Egyptian star has now scored in all four of his home games for Liverpool against the north London side as the league’s Golden Boot winner over the past two seasons brought his tally to three goals in as many games this campaign.
Substitute Lucas Torreira got a consolation for the Gunners who remain without a win in the last nine meetings against Liverpool. The 3-1 victory helped the Reds maintain Premier League top spot and made them the only team in the English top-flight left with a 100% record after three games.
Arsenal’s consolation from the game was ending the weekend still in touch with the top of the table in third place, while record signing Nicolas Pepe became the first player to complete a dribble over Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk in 50 Premier League matches.
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First full 90 minutes for Nico, and by far our MOTM in a disappointing loss. pic.twitter.com/4f2kAFSpLb
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Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United were hoping to close the gap at the top of the table when Crystal Palace came to Old Trafford on Saturday, but Roy Hodgson’s Eagles had other ideas in an eventful match which saw the Red Devils miss a penalty for the second straight league match.
Ghana international Jordan Ayew silenced the Old Trafford crowd when he latched on to Jeffrey Schlupp’s header to open scoring in the 32nd minute. United had a penalty shout from Anthony Martial waved aside by referee Paul Tierney, who eventually awarded the Red Devils a chance to score from the spot when Scott McTominay was brought down.
But Rashford was left in agony as he smashed his penalty kick against the post and was left helpless as the ball rolled out for a goal kick much to the delight of the travelling party while Old Trafford groaned in misery as an unlikely defeat stared their team in the face.
Daniel James would change the mood dramatically when he was at the end of a sweeping attacking move involving Rashford and Martial to hook a curling right-foot shot into the top corner for United’s long-sought equaliser with four minutes left in the game only for Patrick van Aanholt to leave all of Old Trafford stunned with a 93rd minute winner for Crystal Palace.
Van Aanholt’s goal was the first ever winner scored against Manchester United at Old Trafford after 90 minutes, with the 28-year-old defender becoming only the second player to score a stoppage time winner against the Red Devils since Thierry Henry did for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium back in 2007.
Another stadium left silenced by a big shock was the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Mauricio Pochettino’s men had no answer to Joelinton’s goal in the 27th minute which was followed by a rock-solid defensive display from the Brazilian’s team-mates for the rest of the match despite Spurs having 80% possession in the encounter.
Tottenham’s loss was one of an incredible seven defeats suffered by home teams in the Premier League over the weekend, though, it could have been eight as Burnley looked set to get all three points at Wolverhampton Wanderers until Raul Jimenez converted a dramatic 97th minute penalty to earn a 1-1 draw for Wolves on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the league, Alex Iwobi was unable to save Everton on his debut from the bench as Aston Villa picked a 2-0 win over the Toffees on Friday, while Kevin de Bruyne set a record for quickest number of games to get 50 assists in Manchester City’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth.
Super Eagles duo Wilfred Ndidi (slight injury) and Kelechi Iheanacho (not included in squad) were missing for Leicester City’s 2-1 win at Sheffield United while Teemu Pukki scored yet again but Tammy Abraham was the star as Chelsea overcame Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road.
Another Nigeria international, Leon Balogun, was also not part of the action as 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion fell 2-0 at home to Southampton while Sebastien Haller scored twice in West Ham United’s 3-1 win at Watford, with the Hammers becoming the first club to have 150 different goalscorers in Premier League history.
Man of the Week: Steve Bruce
Having been the flop of the week in match-day two of the Premier League following a disappointing 3-1 loss at Norwich, Steve Bruce saw his Newcastle United side put up a resolute display at a dominant Tottenham and pull off a result absolutely no one could have seen coming.
Flop of the Week: David Luiz
The Arsenal defender conceded a needless penalty just as Liverpool could smell blood at the start of the second half, before his fear of picking up a red kept him from letting Salah get past him easily on his way to putting the game beyond Arsenal’s reach as the Reds coasted to a 3-1 victory.
Team of the Week: Newcastle United and Crystal Palace
Both teams pulled off shock results at tough grounds on a weekend full of away wins, teaching the football world a lesson in team work making the dream work.
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