Heung-Min Son celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with teammate Harry Kane
Heung-Min Son celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with teammate Harry Kane

Unbeaten start ends in $125m EPL horror show

After 13 matches in the Premier League, Maurizio Sarri has finally tasted defeat as Chelsea manager.

The Blues fell to their first loss of the season in a chastening 3-1 derby loss to London rivals Spurs, as they lost touch on their competitors atop the ladder.

Some blame was levelled at the world's most expensive keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga - who cost A$125m - as he let in two goals in the opening 16 minutes.

Manchester City smashed West Ham 4-0 away from home, while Liverpool enjoyed an emphatic 3-0 win over Watford - also on the road.

Meanwhile, Manchester United had another stumble, this time a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

 

 

SPURS 3-1 CHELSEA

Tottenham inflicted Maurizio Sarri's first competitive defeat as Chelsea boss to leapfrog their London rivals into third in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Wembley that barely reflected Spurs' dominance.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane put the hosts 2-0 in front inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min's brilliant individual run and finish early in the second-half hauled Mauricio Pochettino's side back to within five points of league leaders Manchester City.

 

WATFORD 0-3 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool shook off a sluggish first hour to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino in a 3-0 win at Watford.

The Hornets were left fuming as they were denied a seemingly blatant penalty at 0-0 before Liverpool took control and claimed victory despite a late red card for captain Jordan Henderson.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal

Despite the margin of victory to remain just two points off Premier League leaders Manchester City, it was another far from convincing performance from Jurgen Klopp's men.

 

WEST HAM 0-4 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City stormed to their eighth successive victory in all competitions as Leroy Sane's brace capped a ruthless 4-0 demolition of West Ham on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola's side were in clinical form in east London as the champions maintained their unbeaten start after 13 games of the Premier League season.

David Silva and Raheem Sterling struck in the first 19 minutes to put City in complete control.

Germany winger Sane netted before the interval and again in the closing stages to ensure leaders City remain two points clear of second placed Liverpool.

City have scored 19 goals in their last four games in all competitions, with their latest blitz serving as the perfect preparation for next week's Champions League clash at Lyon.

In this mood, it is hard to imagine who can stop City and their former manager Manuel Pellegrini, now in charge of West Ham, clearly had no answers.

Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal
Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal
 

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE

Manchester United stuttered to 0-0 at home against struggling Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's disjointed side fell further behind the leading pack. Boos greeted the final whistle at Old Trafford, such was the home side's listless performance against a side without a league win for 10 weeks. Palace threatened to leave the stadium with all three points for the first time since 1989, but had to make do with a point as United failed to get the win it desperately needed to kickstart its campaign.

Mourinho's side is 14 points behind first-place Manchester City and, perhaps more worryingly, let pass a great chance to reduce the gap to the top four. Wilfried Zaha tormented United, his former club, and Cheikhou Kouyate had a goal ruled out for offside on an afternoon when Patrick Van Aanholt and Andros Townsend wasted glorious chances for Palace.

Chris Smalling missed his own gilt-edged chance and Romelu Lukaku saw a goal disallowed for offside, but it was not a performance that satisfied the Old Trafford fans. Paul Pogba's substitution was greeted warmly and groans turned to loud jeers at fulltime.

Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United look dejected
Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United look dejected
 

FULHAM 3-2 SOUTHAMPTON

Claudio Ranieri made a successful return to the English Premier League by guiding new club Fulham to a 3-2 win over Southampton in his first game in charge on Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice for Fulham and Andre Schurrle added the team's other goal in only its second win of the season since returning to the top flight.

Ranieri won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016 at preseason odds of 5,000-1 but has played down the prospect of a miracle at Fulham, which was bottom of the standings when he took over.

Not anymore, with Fulham climbing above Huddersfield with this win. The pressure switches to fourth-to-last Southampton, which has not won since Sept. 1 against Crystal Palace and manager Mark Hughes has just three wins in 21 league games since his appointment in March.

Stuart Armstrong netted a double, his first goals for Southampton.

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri looks on
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri looks on
 

EVERTON 1-0 CARDIFF CITY

Everton climbed above Manchester United to sixth place in the Premier League after beating Cardiff 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Welsh visitors made life difficult for the Toffees but Marco Silva's team ultimately deserved the win given to them by Gylfi Sigurdsson's 59th-minute goal, securing a fourth consecutive home success.

Theo Walcott broke into the box on the right and saw his shot saved by Neil Etheridge but the rebound was a tap-in for former Swansea midfielder Sigurdsson. Silva stuck with the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea two weeks ago, meaning no place for Kurt Zouma, who was ineligible to face his parent club, while Neil Warnock recalled Harry Arter following suspension.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal
 

BRIGHTON 1-1 LEICESTER

Substitute Jamie Vardy rescued a point for 10-man Leicester as the Foxes fought back to draw 1-1 at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

The forward was only deemed fit enough to be named as a substitute for Leicester following a groin injury, but he fired home a second-half penalty with around 10 minutes left to cancel out Glenn Murray's 15th-minute header. Leicester was awarded the penalty after Beram Kayal caught the feet of substitute Kelechi Iheanacho.

 

Leicester's hopes of taking anything away from the Amex Stadium took a hit when James Maddison was sent off inside the opening half hour of a game between two midtable sides.

The midfielder was cautioned twice in two minutes, having overcome a knee problem to start for Claude Puel's team, which has now had four dismissals in the league this season.

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