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Weekend Football Review

The big teams dominate the opening weekend.

Photo By – FC Naija

Premier League

Man United 2 vs. 1 Leicester City 

The season got off to a flyer after it took only 3 minutes for the first goal to be scored. Amartey handled the ball in the Leicester penalty box and Pogba stepped up to give United the lead. Leicester responded positively and created a couple of chances which De Gea brilliantly saved. United seemed to be happy to defend after scoring early and in the second half they doubled their lead via Luke Shaw who expertly finished at the near post. Vardy scored in the 92nd minute to give Leicester some consolation points. United move to 7th while Leicester are 13th. 

Newcastle 1 vs. 2 Tottenham

All three goals in this game came during the first 20 minutes as Vertonghen gave Spurs the lead in the 8th minute after heading the ball into the goal and it having crossed the line by only 9mm. Joselu restored balance in the 11th minute after heading in a Ritchie cross. Dele Alli then gave Spurs the lead with another header in the 18th minute. Newcastle came out the better side in the second half and hit the post twice but Spurs held on and clinched three points. Spurs move to 8th while Newcastle are 14th. 

Bournemouth 2 vs. 0 Cardiff

Ryan Fraser gave Bournemouth the lead in the 24th minute after expertly finishing a Wilson cross. Cardiff had several chances to restore the lead but Begovic made some good saves to keep Bournemouth ahead. Wilson sealed the game in the 91st minute after tapping in a Francis cross. Bournemouth move to 3rd while Cardiff are 17th.

Fulham 0 vs. 2 Crystal Palace

Fulham started the game the better of the two teams as Mitrovic saw two opportunities saved by Hennessey. Schlupp then gave Palace the lead in the 41st minute after banging the ball into the roof of the net. Zaha then dribbled past Fabri in the 79th minute to finish the game for Palace. Crystal Palace are 4th while Fulham are 18th. 

Watford 2 vs. 0 Brighton

Pereyra was the star for Watford as he scored in the 35th and 54th minute to seal victory for his team. Watford dominated the game for the large part while Brighton missed a couple of chances to add to their half of the scoreline. Watford are 6th while Brighton are 16th. 

Wolverhampton 2 vs. 2 Everton

Richarlison opened the scoring for Everton after tapping in a Keane cross in the 17th minute. The game was fairly even and Jagielka was sent off in the 40th minute after a foul on Jota. Neves scored from the resulting free-kick to restore parity between the teams. Richarlison scored his and Everton’s second in the 67th minute as Everton seemed to be heading for the win even though they were down to ten men. Jimenez though headed in a Neves cross to bring Wolves back level and award both teams a point each. Wolves are 10th while Everton are 9th.

Liverpool 4 vs. 0 West Ham

Liverpool threw down their gauntlet for the title race with a resounding win at home against a good West Ham team. Salah opened the scoring in the 19th minute after tapping in a Robertson cross. Mané then doubled the lead in the added time for Liverpool to go into half time two goals up. Mané then added his second and Liverpool’s third with a deft finish in the 53rd minute. Sturridge seemed to get back to scoring ways after he scored with his first touch in the 88th minute to add Liverpool’s final goal. The win took Liverpool to first while West Ham are 20th.

Southampton 0 vs. 0 Burnley

The weekend’s only goalless game as Mccarthy and Hart pulled off brilliant saves to deny the opposite team from scoring. Burnley dominated until Elyounoussi came on but both teams held on to their point. Southampton are 12th while Burnley are 11th.

Arsenal 0 vs. 2 Man City 

The final game of the weekend was a big one as holders Man City played Arsenal in London. Sterling opened the scoring in the 14th minute after curling his effort into the bottom corner. The first half and largely the first hour of the game was dominated by City and Cech pulled off some brilliant saves to keep Arsenal in the game. The introductions of Lacazette and Torreira made a difference for Arsenal but a brilliant counter attack and cross was emphatically finished by Bernardo Silva to double City’s lead and seal the three points. City go to 5th while Arsenal are 15th.

Super Copa

Sevilla 1 vs. 2 Barcelona

Sarabia gave Sevilla an early lead after scoring in the 9th minute but Pique levelled the score in the 42nd minute to send both teams into half time with a goal each. Dembélé scored the winner for Barcelona with a banging finish and silenced any doubts that he was not fit to play for Barcelona. Barcelona go into the new season with a trophy to their name already.


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