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And on Sunday, Liverpool delivered a powerful statement of intent about their desire to retain the Premier League title with a comfortable dismissal of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on another nightmare day for keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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Everton backed up their impressive start to the season with a dominant 5-2 victory over West Bromwich that saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin nail his first career hat-trick. And in a reversal of fortune, Leeds saw off Fulham in a seven-goal thriller – four goals to three – the same scoreline that saw them vanquished by Liverpool last weekend.

It was an inglorious home opener and start to the season for Manchester United with Wilfried Zaha’s double doing the damage against his former club as Crystal Palace condemned United to a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford. A late winner from Eddie Nketiah saw Arsenal maintain their 100% start to the season against a vastly improved West Ham side that has now dropped two straight games.

Liverpool sent a strong message to Premier League rivals Chelsea as a Sadio Mane double downed the Blues on Sunday

The Senegalese attacker punished Frank Lampard's side with two quickfire goals just after the half-time break.

And on Sunday, Liverpool delivered a powerful statement of intent about their desire to retain the Premier League title with a comfortable dismissal of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on another nightmare day for keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Son Heung-min scored four goals in a stunning display as Spurs bounced back from their abysmal home opener with a 5-2 win over Southampton.

Also on Sunday, Brighton cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over an under par Newcastle side and Leicester blasted Burnley by four goals to two.

Title contenders, Manchester City, got their campaign off to a perfect start with a 3-1 win at Wolves. And Aston Villa also got their campaign off to a perfect start with a lone goal home victory over Sheffield United.

EPL Week 02 Standings

EPL Week 02 Scores At A Glance

Everton 5-2 West Brom

Leeds United 4-3 Fulham

Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Southampton 2-5 Tottenham

Newcastle 0-3 Brighton

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Leicester City 4-2 Burnley

Monday

Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United

Wolves 1-3 Manchester City

Everton 5-2 West Brom

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a hat-trick as Everton beat West Brom 5-2 in an incident-packed Premier League encounter, with Slaven Bilic and Kieran Gibbs both sent off at the end of the first half.

It had been a bright start from the Baggies when Grady Diangana (10) put the visitors ahead early on but Calvert-Lewin (31) netted his first of the afternoon not long after when his backheeled finish was given after a VAR review.

James Rodriguez impressed on his Everton debut last weekend and it was more of the same on his first home outing, putting the hosts ahead just before half-time with a precise finish (45). Mere seconds later, James was involved in an off the ball incident with Gibbs, who was shown a straight red card for lashing out at the Colombia midfielder and catching him in the face.

He was quickly followed by manager Bilic, who had confronted referee Mike Dean on the field at half-time to protest the sending off, but was soon shown red himself and watched the second half from the stands.

It looked like West Brom might give it a good go in the second half - despite being a man and manager down - as Matheus Pereira (47) curled home a sumptuous free kick. But the Baggies were beaten back by a close-range strike from Michael Keane (54) and two quickfire Calvert-Lewin goals (62, 66) as the striker completed his hat-trick, taking his tally to four goals in two Premier League games thus far.

Leeds United 4-3 Fulham

Leeds picked up their first Premier League victory in 16 years after edging out Fulham in a seven-goal thriller at Elland Road.

The hosts looked to be in cruise control when Helder Costa put them 4-1 up on 57 minutes, but Fulham had other ideas and fought back through Bobby Decordova Reid (62) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (67) to give themselves a sniff of a point.

Both sides had opportunities to score in the closing stages but neither made them count as Leeds held on for three points.

Costa had put Leeds ahead on five minutes with a thumping finish at the back post before Mitrovic levelled from the spot shortly after the half-hour mark.

Mateusz Klich then restored Leeds' advantage four minutes before the break with a coolly-taken penalty of his own and Patrick Bamford extended that lead on 50 minutes after a delightful Klich pass.

Fulham remain pointless and sit 19th in the table, only above West Brom on goal difference, while Leeds move up to ninth with their win.

Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha scored twice on his return to Manchester United as a controversial retaken penalty helped Crystal Palace to an impressive 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

Zaha featured in just four games during his year-long spell at United earlier in his career, but he came back to haunt his former club as his retaken penalty (74) doubled Palace's lead following Andros Townsend's early opener (7).

In the game's major flashpoint, referee Martin Atkinson awarded Palace a penalty after VAR Jon Moss instructed him to consult his pitch-side monitor. Jordan Ayew's cross deflected off the arm of Victor Lindelof, but after Ayew's spot-kick was saved by David de Gea, the Spaniard was deemed to have encroached on the taker.

Donny van de Beek came on for his United debut in the second period and the Netherlands midfielder reduced the deficit with a well-taken effort (80), but Zaha's superb finish (85) ensured a second successive victory for Palace at Old Trafford.

The result keeps the visitors perfect this season with two wins from two while United suffered their first league defeat in 15 Premier League games stretching back to January

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to score the winner as Arsenal snatched a 2-1 victory over a drastically-improved West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday Night Football.

The Hammers were unrecognisable from the side that succumbed to Newcastle on the opening day, producing a display packed full of endeavour and energy to stifle the Gunners for large parts.

Arsenal took the lead against the run of play on 25 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette powerfully headed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross home, but it was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by Michail Antonio.

The Hammers looked set to go on to win the game in a dominant second-half display, with Antonio crashing a header against the crossbar, but Nketiah struck with five minutes remaining to make it two wins from two for the Gunners and leave West Ham pointless.

Southampton 2-5 Tottenham

Heung-Min Son netted an astonishing four-goal haul - all made by Harry Kane - as a second-half blitz saw Tottenham demolish Southampton 5-2 at St Mary's.

In a game which barely stopped for breath from beginning to end Kane was denied a third-minute opener by VAR before Danny Ings saw a strike ruled out for handball, but soon made amends by firing in a superb strike from Kyle Walker-Peters' ball (32).

Spurs looked nearly as despondent as in their opening-day defeat Jose Mourinho had labelled "lazy" before half-time but were handed a lifeline when Son finished off from another difficult position from Kane's wonderful delivery (45+2).

The phrase 'a game of two halves' barely did justice to what would follow after the interval, with Son putting Spurs in front within two minutes from a Kane through-ball (47) - before netting twice more in near-identical circumstances (64, 74).

There was still time for Kane to get on the scoresheet himself when he turned in the rebound after Erik Lamela struck the post (82), before Ings grabbed a late consolation from the spot after Matt Doherty was adjudged to have handballed a cross (90).

Newcastle 0-3 Brighton

Brighton blew Newcastle away with two goals inside the first seven minutes as Graham Potter's side secured a first Premier League victory of the season with a 3-0 win at St James' Park.

Neal Maupay sent the visitors on their way, making no mistake from the spot in the fourth minute after Allan Saint-Maximin fouled Tariq Lamptey in the penalty area, and the French striker had his second of the game three minutes later after a VAR review overturned an offside decision.

Newcastle failed to register a single effort on goal in the first half but they were handed a golden opportunity to get back into the game midway through the second half, but Callum Wilson failed to hit the target with a free header from eight yards.

Moments later, Brighton went close to a third when Leandro Trossard's long-range strike hit the post, but they did eventually add a third when Aaron Connolly struck with seven minutes remaining to make the game safe.

Victory sees Brighton move up to eighth, while Newcastle, who failed to build on their opening-day win at West Ham, drop down to 11th.

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Chelsea's title ambitions suffered a reality check with a 2-0 defeat to dominant defending champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as Sadio Mane's double capitalised on Andreas Christensen's red card and another error from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Frank Lampard's side have spent lavishly in this transfer window with a view to closing the 33-point gap which opened up between these sides last season but couldn't lay a glove on the title holders in the first half. Their task was then made so much harder in stoppage time when Christensen was sent off for hauling Mane to the ground.

That paved the way for Liverpool - who brought on new signing Thiago at half-time - to take complete control after the break and they did just that with Mane heading in Roberto Firmino's cross (50) and then chasing down Kepa's casual pass out to slot in a second (54).

Timo Werner's perseverance gave Chelsea hope of an unlikely comeback when he was tumbled in the penalty area by Thiago, but Jorginho's spot-kick was saved and Jurgen Klopp's side marched to a second straight win with a daunting performance for their title rivals.

Leicester City 2-1 Burnley

Chris Wood gave Burnley an early lead (10) with a smart finish at the back post but they held on to it for just 10 minutes before Harvey Barnes calmly rolled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Erik Pieters accidentally diverted a low Timothy Castagne cross past his own 'keeper Nick Pope to hand Leicester the lead four minutes after half-time, which James Justin doubled from close range 11 minutes later.

Burnley refused to lie down and got back into it via the head of debutant Jimmy Dunne (73), only for Dennis Praet's rocket (79) to give the Foxes a much-needed cushion going into the final stages.

And the margin of the victory is enough for Leicester to go top of the table on goal difference for the time being, while Burnley are one of nine clubs without a point, albeit having played one less game than most.

Monday

Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United

Ezri Konsa's second half-goal ensured Aston Villa got their Premier League campaign underway with a win following a 1-0 victory over 10-man Sheffield United.

Chris Wilder's side were on the back foot as early as the 12th minute when John Egan, who grappled with Ollie Watkins as the Villa forward looked to latch onto a loose ball, was adjudged to have denied a goal-scoring opportunity by referee Graham Scott.

However, the 10 men had the best opportunity of the first half when Matt Targett fouled Chris Basham in the penalty area. John Lundstram stepped up for the visitors, but his spot kick was brilliantly saved by debutant Emiliano Martinez.

With Villa starting to run out of ideas, it was the unlikely source of Konsa who headed home in the 63rd minute to hand Dean Smith's side a winning start.

It was a cruel blow for Sheffield United, who put in a spirited performance, as they start with back-to-back defeats. Meanwhile, Villa are up to ninth after their opening win.

Wolves 1-3 Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus gave Man City an opening 3-1 win at Wolves, who briefly provided the visitors with a late scare through Raul Jimenez's header.

De Bruyne's postage-stamp penalty inside Rui Patricio's left-hand post after 20 minutes set City on their way to victory at a ground where they had been beaten last season, following Romain Saiss' clumsy challenge on the Belgian.

When Phil Foden doubled the advantage from a lovely one-touch move 12 minutes later, it looked like Guardiola's men would end up cruising to victory in their first Premier League game of the season.

But in the second half, Daniel Podence went close with two moments of quality from the hosts before Jimenez sidefooted wide from 12 yards - but the Mexican was not to be denied, and nodded in from the former's cross to reduce the deficit.

However that proved the only time the hosts could find the beating of Ederson, with Nuno Espirito Santo's side unable to recreate their heroics of last season's last-gasp 3-2 win, as Gabriel Jesus' late finish after De Bruyne won the ball back on the edge of the penalty area ensured a good evening's work for the visitors (90+5).

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

 

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