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Liverpool maintain perfect start at Chelsea, ten-man Arsenal hurt Aston Villa

Liverpool maintain perfect start at Chelsea, ten-man Arsenal hurt Aston Villa
September 22
20:37 2019

Liverpool proved their title credential with a deserved 2-1 away win over Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge to maintain their 100% start to the season.

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Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino ensured Jurgen Klopp’s Reds made it six wins from six.

The win means Jurgen Klopp’s juggernauts have won 15 league games on the bounce. They also became the first team to win their opening six Premier League games in successive seasons.

The Anfield giants, looking for their first EPL title since 1989, took the lead via a well worked free kick — Mo’ Salah’s lay off blasted in by Alexander-Arnold. Chelsea thought they had found an equalizer but VAR ruled out the goal with Mason Mount adjudged to be offside in the buildup.

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From the next attack, Roberto Firmino headed in from Andy Robertson’s cross to hand Liverpool a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Chelsea upped the ante in the second half and halved the deficit through midfielder, N’golo Kante in the 71st minute.

Frank Lampard’s Blues had opportunities to snatch a point — Mitchy Batshuayi and Mason Mount going close — but Liverpool held on to maintain the five-point gap over Manchester City who were in destruction mode on Saturday.

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Pep Guardiola’s Man City thrashed woeful Watford 8-0 at the Etihad to varnish memories of the 2-3 reverse at Norwich last weekend.

The EPL defending champions scored five goals in the first 18 minutes of the encounter, the first in EPL history.

David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi, Bernardo Silva (brace) and Kevin de Bruyne were all on target as the Citizens became the first EPL side to hold a 5-0 halftime lead in history.

In the race for top four, Tottenham and Manchester United lost, while Arsenal won at the Emirates.

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Wilfred Ndidi continued his impressive midfield role during Leicester City’s 2-1 comeback win over Tottenham in a VAR-influenced game. Mauricio Pochettino’s men took an early lead through Harry Kane and thought they had doubled the lead but Heung-Min Son was adjudged to have strayed offiside by the narrowest of margin.

It was invitation to Leicester who equalised through Ricardo Pereira, while James Madison’s 25-yard shot won it for Leicester City in the second half.

However, 10-man Arsenal had to battle from 1-2 down to win 3-2, thanks to a stunning Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang free kick in the 84th minute.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles had been given his marching orders in the 41st for two bookable offences and the Gunners were a goal down. Nicolas Pepe, summer signing and Ivory Coast international, equalised from the spot on 59 minutes but Aston Villa regained the lead a minute later.

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Arsenal restored parity through defender, Callum Chambers and sealed three points through Aubameyang’s well-taken free kick.

Results
Manchester City 8-0 Watford
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Leicester 2-1 Tottenham
Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth
West Ham 2-0 Manchester United
Newcastle 0-0 Brighton
Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
Burnley 2-0 Norwich
Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves

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