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A favorable 100th minute pitchside VAR review on the heels of referee Kavanagh’s final whistle saw Bruno Fernandes convert from the spot to edge Brighton by a goal’s difference in a dramatic five-goal thriller for United’s first win of the season.
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Ahead of Monday night’s scheduled cliff hanger between Champions Liverpool and title hopeful side Arsenal, Chelsea FC saw their title hopes take another early tumble as they were forced into an extraordinary rally for a point after falling behind unsung West Bromwich Albion by three goals to nothing on Saturday.

A favorable 100th minute pitchside VAR review on the heels of referee Kavanagh’s final whistle saw Bruno Fernandes convert from the spot to edge Brighton by a goal’s difference in a dramatic five-goal thriller for United’s first win of the season. Everton continued their perfect start to the season with a deserved 2-1 victory over C. Palace at Selhurst Park for the top spot on the Premiership table on Saturday, and a lone goal from Danny Ings at Turf Moor ended Southampton’s losing start to the season.

Manchester City’s title hopes took an early tumble as their home opener went awry in a remarkable 2-5 beating that saw Jamie Vardy score a hat-trick for Leicester to go top of the table on Sunday. Newcastle rescued an injury-time point against Tottenham in a game that the latter should have won handily, Sheffield United continued their search for the season’s first point after conceding a late goal to Leeds that left them rooted at the bottom of the table, and it was a riotous win at home for West Ham as they handed Wolves a 4-0 thrashing.

EPL Week 03 Standings

And on Monday Night Football, Liverpool's new £45m signing Diogo Jota grabbed a home debut goal as the champions demonstrated their determination to retain an iron grip on their Premier League crown by coming from behind to record an impressive 3-1 victory against Arsenal at Anfield. Aston Villa also cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham on the heels of another horrific defensive performance from the latter.

 Liverpool forward Sadio Mane celebrates his third goal of the season on Monday evening at Anfield.

EPL Week 03 Scores At A Glance

Saturday

Brighton 2-3 Manchester United

Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton

West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

Burnley 0-1 Southampton

Sunday

Sheffield Utd 0-1 Leeds Utd

Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle

Man City 2-5 Leicester City

West Ham 4-0 Wolves

Monday

Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

The Foxes scored three penalty kicks including one by Youri Tielemans (front) at the Etihad.

The Foxes scored three penalty kicks including one by Youri Tielemans (front) at the Etihad.

Brighton 2-3 Manchester United

Neal Maupay went from hero to villain as his stoppage-time handball gifted Manchester United a penalty which Bruno Fernandes converted to secure a 3-2 victory at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton thought they had snatched a deserved point when Solly March headed home to cancel out Marcus Rashford's brilliant solo goal to level the score at 2-2 in the fifth minute of added time.

But Maupay, whose first-half Panenka penalty was cancelled out by a Lewis Dunk own goal, was adjudged to have blocked Harry Maguire's goal-bound header with his arm at the death.

Maupay's infringement was initially missed by referee Chris Kavanagh, who blew the full-time whistle, but a pitchside VAR review handed Fernandes a penalty of his own which he dispatched into the top corner to seal the unlikeliest of victories for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's below-par side in the 100th minute.

For Graham Potter, an inquest into how his Brighton side slipped to back-to-back home defeats may point to Maupay but, having hit the woodwork no fewer than five times, the Seagulls' finishing was as culpable as the Frenchman.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for a third successive Premier League game as Everton maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

The striker picked up where he left off after his hat-trick against West Brom last weekend, slotting home Seamus Coleman's cross inside 10 minutes.

But like Everton, Crystal Palace had also won their opening two Premier League games and hit back when Cheikhou Kouyate (26) powered a header home from a corner.

Joel Ward - making his 250th appearance for Crystal Palace - was the subject of two VAR handball checks and on the second occasion, he was judged to have handled Lucas Digne's header inside the area after the ball hit his wrist, with Richarlison scoring the resulting penalty (40).

The victory sees Everton maintain their winning start to the season and sends them to the top of the Premier League. They have started a league campaign with three straight wins for the first time since 1993. It will be disappointing for Crystal Palace after they dominated the second half, and they remain in fifth with six points.

West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

Chelsea fought back from 3-0 down to earn a point at West Brom and make up for a first-half defensive horror show at the Hawthorns.

A catalogue of errors left Chelsea 3-0 down at half-time, with Callum Robinson opening the scoring with a low drive into the far corner from 15 yards after Marcos Alonso's initial sloppy header (4)

Tammy Abraham missed a glorious chance to equalise, before Timo Werner hit the crossbar, but Robinson soon had West Brom 2-0 up against the run of play, pouncing on Premier League debutant Thiago Silva's miscontrol to slot below Willy Caballero (25).

Kyle Bartley turned home from a corner at the far post following some woeful Chelsea marking (27) to make it 3-0, but the visitors improved in the second half as Mason Mount's long-range strike (54) and sub Callum Hudson-Odoi's fine finish (70) brought them to within a goal of a special comeback.

And it was completed in the third minute of stoppage time as Abraham capitalised to tap home after Sam Johnstone had parried Mount's low effort, crippling West Brom after they looked to have fought off the Chelsea onslaught.

But for all of Chelsea's spending at one end of the field, it was their issues at the other that nearly cost them again, and neither side seemed happy at full-time following another high-scoring Premier League thriller.

Burnley 0-1 Southampton

Danny Ings’ early strike was enough to secure Southampton their first points of the Premier League season thanks to a 1-0 victory at Burnley.

Ings struck his third goal of the season in the fifth minute, prodding home Che Adam's cut back, and it proved to be enough to get Ralph Hasenhuttl's side's season up and running.

Chris Wood did have the ball in the back of the Southampton net early in the second half, but his effort was ruled out for offside, while Charlie Taylor's powerful drive was tipped round the post by Alex McCarthy as Sean Dyche's 400th game in management ended in defeat.

The win is Southampton's first in the Premier League at Turf Moor and their first at the ground in a top-flight game since 1971.

Sunday

Sheffield Utd 0-1 Leeds Utd

Patrick Bamford continued his hot streak in front of goal with an 88th-minute winner as Leeds United beat rivals Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

Bamford headed Jack Harrison's brilliant cross home for his third goal of the season as he became the first Leeds player to score in his first three top-flight appearances for the club.

Leeds were indebted to an inspired performance from goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who produced a string of stunning saves to deny John Lundstram and George Baldock in the first half, as the Blades remained the only top-flight team yet to score this season.

Sheffield United, who have now lost their last six Premier League games across this and last season, remain rooted to the foot of the table with no points, while back-to-back wins sees Leeds climb to fifth.

Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle

Callum Wilson's 97th-minute controversial VAR-awarded penalty continued the debate on the new handball interpretation as Newcastle held dominant Spurs to a 1-1 draw.

In a game they controlled from almost start to finish, Lucas Moura slotted the hosts ahead when Harry Kane again turned provider to tee up the Brazilian for his first goal in 22 Premier League games, as the woodwork and some superb goalkeeping from Karl Darlow kept the scoreline respectable in Newcastle's favour by the break.

Jonjo Shelvey could have provided the Magpies with a shock equaliser on the stroke of half-time but saw his volley whistle wide of the far post, while Jeff Hendrick wasted one of few chances in the second half, despite the visitors' improving on a dismal opening 45 minutes.

In a weekend already fuelled by handball drama at Brighton and Crystal Palace, Newcastle were awarded an injury-time penalty out of nowhere as, after checking the pitchside monitor, referee Peter Bankes adjudged Eric Dier had handled in the area - a decision which saw Jose Mourinho storm out of the dugout and down the tunnel.

In his absence, Wilson beat Hugo Lloris from the spot for an equaliser both sides could barely believe had materialised with their only shot on target of the entire game.

Man City 2-5 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester ran riot in a stunning 5-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Man City dominated early on and took the lead through Riyad Mahrez's superb half volley with his weaker right foot from 15 yards (4), but Leicester equalised with their first shot on goal as Kyle Walker tripped Vardy in the box; the England striker duly converted the penalty (37).

With Leicester's second shot, Vardy produced a stunning flick beyond Ederson from close range (54), before again winning a penalty, this time from Eric Garcia's foul, and converting for 3-1 (58).

Sub Maddison made it four with a screamer from 25 yards, curled into the top corner (77), before Nathan Ake's header looked to have made the scoreline look slightly more respectable (84).

But Youri Tielemans rounded off a fabulous win, and a nightmare day for the hosts, slotting a penalty after Benjamin Mendy had fouled Maddison (88).

The result means Pep Guardiola has seen his side concede five goals for the first time ever in his 686th game as a manager, while Leicester keep up their 100 per cent record this season in the Premier League.

West Ham 4-0 Wolves

Jarrod Bowen scored twice as West Ham won their first Premier League game of the season in impressive style, thumping Wolves 4-0 on Sunday.

The Hammers had performed well against Arsenal last weekend but were unable to take any points and looked far from a side without a Premier League win this term when Bowen (17) curled home a neat finish early on.

The chances continued to fall for West Ham - with David Moyes managing the team from home as he completes a period of Covid-19 self-isolation - and they finally added their second when Bowen (57) slotted home from close range after the break.

The third came via an own goal when Tomas Soucek's glanced header was diverted into the net by Raul Jimenez's shoulder (66), piling the misery onto an out-of-sorts Wolves, who were mostly restricted to efforts from distance. Substitute Sebastien Haller (90+3) then powered a header home in injury time to seal West Ham's first win of the season.

The victory sees West Ham move up eight places in the table and into tenth and have kept their first clean sheet at home since New Year's Day. Wolves, meanwhile, drop into 16th.

Monday

Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa

Aston Villa won away in the Premier League for the first time since New Year's Day, breezing past Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Monday Night Football.

Thanks to some miserable Fulham defending, Villa raced into a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes, first netting through Jack Grealish at an angle from John McGinn's fine through ball (4), before Conor Hourihane slotted low from 12 yards from another McGinn assist (15).

Villa got a third just three minutes after the break as Tyrone Mings broke Fulham's offside trap from a Hourihane free-kick, poking home low, unmarked (48), while Fulham had a Bobby Reid goal disallowed by VAR after a foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic in the build-up.

Fulham have now lost all three opening Premier League games, conceding 10 goals, while Villa have won away in the Premier League for the first time since New Year's Day, upholding their 100 per cent record this season.

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the season, while ending Arsenal's, as the Premier League champions came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory at Anfield on Monday Night Football.

Alexandre Lacazette capitalised on Andrew Robertson's mistake to give Arsenal a surprise lead on 25 minutes, but Sadio Mane swiftly restored parity before Robertson made amends for his error to give the Reds a deserved half-time lead.

Lacazette spurned a glorious chance to draw an improved Arsenal level midway through the second half and his miss was compounded on 88 minutes when summer signing Diogo Jota's first goal for the club sealed a third straight win of the season for Jurgen Klopp's side.

The result lifts the champions above Merseyside rivals Everton on goal difference into second, while Arsenal remain fifth after tasting defeat for the first time.

 

Game day reports from skysports and BBC were used in this compilation.

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