City beats Leicester… Palace beats Tottenham… Arsenal gets rid of its losing streak at Norwich’s expense
Chelsea beat Aston Villa 3-0 to share the lead with Manchester United, as Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic scored at Stamford Bridge for the first time. Lukaku, who played for United, Everton and West Bromwich Albion, had never scored a goal at Chelsea during his first spell with the club but made his mark in his 15th appearance at Stamford Bridge when he opened the scoring. In the 15th minute, Kovacic dribbled past one of Villa’s players and sent an amazing pass to Lukaku, who dribbled past defender Axel Tuanzebe and fired a low shot into the net.
Kovacic added the second goal three minutes into the second half when he pounced on a poor pass from Tyrone Mings to his goalkeeper to put it past Jed Steer. Lukaku scored his second goal in stoppage time with a powerful shot after a pass from Cesar Azpilicueta. Villa had several chances, but Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy kept Thomas Tuchel’s team clean for the third time in four matches.
Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo made a perfect return to the English Premier League football, led by his new old team, Manchester United, to a precious victory over its guest Newcastle United 4-1 yesterday at the “Ultraford” stadium in Manchester, and put it in the lead, taking advantage of the gift of Crystal Palace, which won the previous three-leader Tottenham Hotspur. clean. Ronaldo scored a double in the second two minutes of stoppage time in the first half and 62, and his compatriot Bruno Fernandes added the third goal in the 80th minute and substitute Jesse Lingard in the 92nd minute, while the Spaniard Javier Manquillo scored in the 56th minute for Newcastle.
Ronaldo raised his scoring yield to 120 goals in the colors of Manchester United, and the first since his departure from his ranks 12 years ago, specifically in 2009 to Real Madrid. Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world five times, was greeted by the heroes before kick-off, so that the fans met him with great cheers for every goal he scored in the warm-up period, but he waited 45 minutes to score against Newcastle. Ronaldo made his name as a global star in six years full of titles with Manchester United between 2003 and 2009, during which he won the Champions League once, three titles in the English Premier League, and was crowned for the first time the award for best player in the world before moving to Real Madrid in a record deal. international at the time.
Ronaldo gave Manchester United the lead in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half when he took advantage of a rebound from goalkeeper Freddy Woodman after a powerful shot by Mason Greenwood, so he followed it with his right into the empty goal in his first match with his new old team after joining his ranks from Juventus, Italy. Newcastle managed to equalize through Spaniard Javier Manquillo with a powerful left-footed shot from inside the area, but Ronaldo re-advanced the Red Devils by scoring his second personal goal when he received a ball from defender Luke Shaw after a coordinated counter-attack, and penetrated into the area before he shot it with his left between the legs of goalkeeper Woodman.
Fernandez reassured the supporters of the “Red Devils” by scoring the third goal when he received a ball from Frenchman Paul Pogba at the outskirts of the area and hit it strong in the far right corner of goalkeeper Woodman. Manchester United confirmed their good preparation for their trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys in the first round of the group stage of the Champions League. Manchester United raised its score to 10 points, taking the lead from Tottenham, who slipped to third place with a difference of goals behind defending champion Manchester City, who continued his revival since they fell to Tottenham in the first stage and achieved his third win in a row when he beat his host Leicester City 1 – zero, his Portuguese international record Bernardo Silva in the 62nd minute. Pep Guardiola’s men took revenge on Northern Irish coach Branden Rodgers’ men when they lost to them the opening match of the season in the Community Shield with a single goal also scored by former Manchester City player, Nigerian international Kleichi Iyanacho, from a penalty kick.
Crystal Palace put an end to the perfect start for its guest, Tottenham, and Akram made it 3-0, after the guests completed the match with ten players in the last half hour. Tottenham began the season under the leadership of their new Portuguese coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, with three wins in a row, the first of which was the inaugural against defending champion Manchester City, followed by his former team Wolverhampton and then Watford to be the only team with the full mark. However, he stumbled for the first time to freeze his balance at 9 points, while the new French coach Patrick Vieira’s team achieved its first victory after two draws and a loss. Ivory Coast, Wilfried Zaha, scored in the 76th minute from a penalty kick, and the newcomer from Celtic, Frenchman Odson Edouard, scored in his first match in the 84th and 93rd minutes.
Tottenham completed the confrontation with ten men in the last half hour after central defender Japhet Tanganga was sent off in the 58th minute after a second booking. Tottenham also missed South Korean Heung-Min Son after suffering an injury with his country in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar earlier in the week. Tottenham suffered a setback at the start of the match, with central defender Eric Dier injured in the 12th minute and replaced by Joe Rodon.
West Ham United failed to take advantage of the stumble of its neighbor, Tottenham, by falling into a goalless draw against its host Southampton, and it also lost the efforts of its top scorer, Michael Antonio, to expel him in the last minute. Arsenal got rid of last place when they achieved their first victory of the season by defeating their partner Norwich City, who recently returned to the top flight, with a lone goal scored by Gabonese international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 66th minute. Arsenal entered the match while they were in last place in the worst start to the Gunners season in the league since 67 years old His Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, eased the pressure on himself as he faces the risk of being sacked, as media reports said the Spaniard was given four more league matches to save his position.
Wolverhampton followed the lead of Arsenal and won their first victory this season when they beat Watford with two clean goals, scored by Chilean Francisco Ciralta in the 74th minute, and South Korean Hwang Hee-chan in the 83rd minute.
Brentford lost 0-1 to its guest Brighton. Today, Leeds United meets Liverpool, to conclude the stage tomorrow, with Everton meeting Burnley.