Abena Alice:myghanalinks - The EPL is back! On the opening Saturday of the 2014-15 season Swansea ruined Louis van Gaal’s debut with a shocking 2-1 victory at Old Trafford and Tottenham, Arsenal, Hull city all notched victories on a very entertaining day that saw some dramatic wins and misses.
Below is a brief recap of the action from the seven matches.
Man Utd. 1 - 2 Swansea
Swansea defeated Man Utd 2-1 to become the first away team since 1972 to open the season with a victory at Old Trafford.
Swansea took the lead with the first real chance of the game on 28 minutes when Sigurdsson rolled a pass across the edge of the area and Ki, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, placed a low shot beyond David de Gea’s reach.
Louis van Gaal brought Nani on for Javier Hernandez at half-time, ditching his 3-5-2 formation in the process, and saw United equalize within eight minutes of the restart. Juan Mata’s corner was helped on at the near post by Phil Jones and newly-appointed captain Rooney’s overhead kick from close range flew into the net.
Swansea regained the lead on 72 minutes when Sigurdsson finished after Wayne Routledge’s mis-kicked shot dropped into his path.
Leicester 2 - 2 Everton
Leicester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Everton at the King Power Stadium in their first Premier League game for a decade.
Everton took the lead on 20 minutes when Leighton Baines’ low shot from distance deflected into the path of Sylvain Distin, who was denied by Kasper Schmeichel, but the ball broke to McGeady to curl a stunning shot into the top corner.
Leicester equalized just two minutes later when Distin’s clearance from a corner struck Ulloa and the hosts’ record signing flashed his shot past Tim Howard.
Everton regained the lead at the end of the first half when Baines’ cut-back was touched on by Steven Pienaar and Naismith swept a first-time shot in off the crossbar.
Leicester equalized again with four minutes to go when Wood rolled a shot past Howard after the ball had broken kindly for the substitute.
QPR 0 - 1 Hull City
Rio Ferdinand, released by Manchester United in the summer endured a QPR debut to forget as Hull City spoiled Rangers' return to the Premier League, coming away with a 1-0 win.
Ferdinand was out-muscled by James Chester at the far post, allowing the Tigers defender to head in Stephen Quinn’s 52nd minute corner for what proved the winner.
Hull had keeper Allan McGregor to thank for preserving the three points with the keeper saving Charlie Austin’s late penalty after Chester was harshly penalized for hand ball.
Stoke 0 - 1 Aston Villa
Andreas Weimann’s second-half goal was enough to give Aston Villa a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium against a lackluster Stoke City.
Villa had the best opportunity of the first half after persistent play from Kieran Richardson gave Gabriel Agbonlahor the opportunity to score into an open goal from six yards out, but the striker could not apply the finish.
With chances few and far between in the first half, it took just five second-half minutes for Villa to break the deadlock after Weimann drilled an effort past a stretching Begovic, who could only parry it into the net.
West Brom 2 - 2 Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach, Alan Irvine missed an opportunity to win over sceptics as his side surrendered three points with five minutes remaining.
Lee Cattermole broke the deadlock for Sunderland after just five minutes with a blistering strike into the top corner from 20 yards after West Brom defended a free-kick poorly.
The hosts fought back and equalized three minutes before half-time courtesy of Saido Berahino’s penalty after Valentin Roberge was deemed to have fouled Victor Anichebe.
Berahino then netted his second of the afternoon on 74 minutes to give West Brom the lead, slotting home Craig Gardner’s wonderful cross from close range.
With five minutes to go, Jordi Gomez found Van Aanholt down the left and his cut-back was deftly diverted past Foster by Larsson from six yards out.
West 0 - 1 Tottenham
Debutant Eric Dier's stoppage-time goal gave Tottenham a 1-0 win at West Ham after both sides were reduced to 10 men in Saturday's Premier League opener.
Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton received his marching orders just before the half-hour mark, when referee Chris Foy adjudged him to have deliberately handled the ball at close range from Kevin Nolan's shot on the turn.
However, Mark Noble missed the resulting spot-kick, sending a low effort wide of Hugo Lloris' right-hand post.
In the second half, Hammers centre-back James Collins was shown a second yellow card and then a red by Foy after blocking the run of Emmanuel Adebayor through the centre of the pitch.
In the third minute of stoppage time, debutant Dier burst through the Hammers defence onto Harry Kane's through-ball, rounded Adrian and slid home the winner to give Mauricio Pochettino three points in his first competitive game in charge of Tottenham.
Arsenal 2 - 1 Crystal Palace
Brede Hangeland’s 35th minute goal gave a scare to the hosts and Arsenal needed every minute to eventually overtake Crystal Palace in a 2-1 opening day win at the Emirates. Laurent Koscielny scored for Arsenal off an Alexis Sanchez feed to level things before halftime, while Aaron Ramsey’s stoppage time goal game the Gunners all three points.
Ramsey’s goal came after an 89th minute red card for Jason Puncheon.
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