After Arsenal reclaimed the Premier League on Friday with a 2-0 win over Crystal, the tournaments on Saturday’s first full day of action had everything they could want. It started off tight, moved on to the Americans making waves, a defender who scored an absolute goal-for-goal, and it ended with, well, maybe say the least about the way it ended up better as Everton and Chelsea played a grueling game. 0 win for Thomas Tuchel. Let’s have some fast food.
Liverpool need Nunez to save a point
The English Premier League football returned to its usual fashion on Saturday with a 2-2 draw between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Nunez hit the ground on his debut scoring a goal and assisting Mohamed Salah on the other end of each, but Virgil van Dijk’s mistake would have been costly.
Jurgen Klopp’s men took their time moving forward and it was the newly promoted hosts who put in a header from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Part of an early double-change in the second half for Liverpool saw Darwin Nunez make his debut and the Uruguayan didn’t need much time to raise the level of the Reds. The parity lasted just under 10 minutes, as Mitrovic doubled his penalty kick and left the guests to face defeat. Mitrovic lost the ball, but a penalty was awarded and confirmed after reviewing the VAR.
Nunez came to the rescue nine minutes before the end of the match, as he was quick to raise the level of Mohamed Salah and maintain his astonishing record on opening day by scoring in all six games for Liverpool. In the end, it was a point earned by Klopp’s men when they were outdone by Fulham on numerous occasions, while their spirited performance by Marco Silva would cheer them up. With most new signings off the bench from the start, this is a great result to start the season and serves as a building block going forward.
After the unexpected result, Jürgen Klopp will probably do it Need to make some adjustments in the future.
Chelsea is saved by Abdallah Doukuri
The clumsy penalty kick, conceded by Abdoulaye Doukuri, was the difference in the match as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on the first day. Frank Lampard’s side lined up well and despite their lack of strikers, they were able to hold on to Chelsea as the Blues struggled to last their season. Everton suffered another blow just 18 minutes into the match as Ben Godfrey left the match on a stretcher after a long delay. Given that his leg was frozen, it didn’t look good. He was eventually replaced by Mason Holgate.
From there, both teams lost the real No. 9, but it was Everton who coped better with that with Anthony Gordon leading the attack. Everton managed to create chances on the counter but the last ball wasn’t there. Ben Chilwell scored a penalty before the half as Doukuri put his hands on his shirt as he fell into the penalty area. Jorginho didn’t mess around when he drove the penalty home to give Chelsea the edge.
The second half went similar to the first, but Everton will be the happiest team in this regard. Amadou Onana was in the crowd watching he would be in the Everton midfield sooner rather than later after they agreed a deal with Lille, but for Chelsea, even with Armando Bruja on the pitch, they lost nine goals. Raheem Sterling played the role but is better than the winger despite his strong work rate in the penalty area.
He was brilliant alongside Kalidou Koulibaly making his debut on Saturday but most of the squad didn’t shine with them. Nathan Patterson also created a good opportunity for Dele Alli when he came in but Dele didn’t know what to do with the ball in the penalty area because he missed his chance. Lots of work to be done for each side in the match which ended in about 110 minutes due to different stops in each half.
Aston Villa rolls alarmingly against Bournemouth
Bournemouth scored an unexpected three points on the opening day of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium. Cherries took the lead just three minutes later when Jefferson Lerma fired home after Marcus Tavernier’s corner kick headed off Lloyd Kelly while Lucas Digne was away from Villa.
Bournemouth could have scored twice in the first half had Kiefer Moore linked with Adam Smith’s low pass after being played by Dominic Solanke. A perfect start to a new campaign and Steven Gerrard’s nightmare campaign.
Villa was barely in the races and rarely under threat with Danny Ings, John McGinn and Boubacar Camara all approaching without really threatening the away team. While Aston Villa had 15 shots, and two-thirds of possession, they only managed a predicted 0.66 goal. Not great everywhere. The next Bournemouth is defending champions Manchester City while Villa are at home with Everton with a much better prospect after an impressive summer transfer window.
Newcastle scored a goal today against Nottingham Forest
Thanks to a solid performance from Dean Henderson, the match couldn’t get completely out of hand but Ryan Yates was missed as Steve Cooper’s side struggled to maintain a presence in midfield. The Tricky Trees only took five shots and were the only rookie team to not score at least a single point on Saturday. Brennan Johnson was only removed from touching the ball 20 times while Newcastle rolled. The Magpies took 20 shots with Callum Wilson and Fabian Schar scoring goals and Schar was absolutely fantastic.
Leeds climbs back behind USMNT stars
The Americans took center stage with Leeds when they came back after welcoming Wolverhampton early, exiting with a 2-1 victory. Brendan Aaronson may not officially take credit for this goal, but it won’t stop him from claiming it as Jesse Marsh’s team is starting the season the right way.
English Premier League scoreboard
Fulham 2, Liverpool 2
Bournemouth 2, Aston Villa 0
Leeds United 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Newcastle United 2, Nottingham Forest 0
Tottenham 4, Southampton 1
Everton 0, Chelsea 1
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