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The EPL returned to action on Saturday after a week's break with Newcastle finally securing a much-needed first victory of the season, Southampton thumped sorry Sunderland 8-0 at St Mary's, Chelsea maintained their 5 points lead atop the EPL with a win over CP and Sergio Aguero netted four times for Manchester City.

Liverpool left Loftus Road with all three points following a late drama plus remarkable finish and Jon Walters came off the bench to lead Stoke City to victory on Sunday.

Man City 4 - 1 Tottenham

Sergio Aguero netted four times in a contest which produced four penalties, with Manchester City beating 10-man Tottenham Hotspur 4-1.

The Argentine striker proved to be the difference in an action-packed encounter at the Etihad Stadium, despite failing with one of his three attempts from 12 yards, with Christian Eriksen offering a solitary reply for a Spurs side that saw Premier League debutant Federico Fazio dismissed.

The game came to life on 13 minutes when Erik Lamela was robbed of possession on the edge of his own box and Aguero was teed up to rocket a low drive beyond Hugo Lloris.

Eriksen drew Tottenham level inside two minutes as Fernando was caught on the ball and the Dane drilled home via the leg of Joe Hart and the underside of the crossbar.

Aguero restored City’s lead from the spot 20 minutes in after Lamela was adjudged to have sent Frank Lampard tumbling inside the box. A clumsy lunge from Younes Kaboul on David Silva presented Aguero with another opportunity from 12 yards out – one he spurned as he fired down the middle and Lloris saved with his legs.

Aguero was on hand to convert twice from 12 yards out after Lampard and Silva were felled in the box.

Newcastle 1 - 0 Leicester City

Newcastle finally secured a much-needed first win of the season after edging past Leicester 1-0 at St James' Park.

The match lacked any real quality, with chances few and far between. Fabricio Coloccini and Papiss Cisse both missed glaring opportunities for the hosts, while Matty James should have done better from a good position.

Things looked to be heading for a stalemate in the north east until Gabriel Obertan intervened, firing an unstoppable shot past Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal as St James' breathed a mass sigh of relief.

The Frenchman's first Newcastle goal for two years was enough to secure the Magpies' first win of the season, and alleviate some of the pressure that has been mounting on boss Alan Pardew's shoulders.

Cystal Palace 1 - 2 Chelsea

Chelsea maintained their Premier League lead after overcoming CP 2-1 in an explosive encounter.

Both sides had a man sent off in the first half with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta receiving a straight red for a studs-up challenge on Mile Jedinak but the numbers were evened up moments later when Damien Delaney was shown a second yellow for a pull back on Loic Remy.

Oscar set the Blues on the victory route after just six minutes with a wonderful curling free kick which flew beyond Julian Speroni’s despairing right hand and into the top corner.

A magnificent second goal from Fabregas soon after the break gave the visitors breathing space. The Spaniard exchanged passes with Eden Hazard and Oscar before bursting into the area and sliding the ball beyond Speroni for his first Premier League goal in Chelsea colours.

Campbell netted from close range after good work from substitute Wilfried Zaha for what turned out to be a consolation goal for CP.

Everton 3 - 0 Aston Villa

The return of midfielder Ross Barkley coincided with Everton's first home Premier League win of the season as they beat Aston Villa 3-0 to perhaps offer a glimpse of future improvements.

When captain Phil Jagielka opened the scoring with his second in three Premier League matches there was a sense it was going to be Everton's day, and a much-needed goal for Romelu Lukaku, who benefited from a mistake by Brad Guzan, and Seamus Coleman also on the scoresheet on his recall after a month out injured provided the confirmation.

Southampton 8 - 0 Sunderland

Southampton produced one of the performances of the season with a stunning 8-0 thumping of sorry Sunderland at St Mary's.

Sunderland contributed to their own downfall with a comedy own goal from Santiago Vergini and another own goal from substitute Liam Bridcutt with further strikes from Graziano Pelle (2), Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane completing the rout.

Arsenal 2 - 2 Hull City

Danny Welbeck netted a stoppage-time equaliser as injury-hit Arsenal fought back to draw 2-2 with Hull City in their Premier League clash at the Emirates.

The Gunners, with a makeshift defence and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, took an early lead through Alexis Sanchez.

Hull hit back with a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame, as Arsenal claimed a foul in the build-up, and then took the lead at the start of the second half through Abel Hernandez, who had only been playing after an injury to Nikica Jelavic in the warm-up.

Arsenal, who lost Jack Wilshere to what could prove to be another ankle problem, pressed to get back into the match, but looked to have been frustrated until Welbeck slotted home in the first of six minutes of added time. They then almost snatched the three points at the death through Kieran Gibbs, who was denied by stand-in Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

QPR 2 - 3 Liverpool

Liverpool left Loftus Road on Sunday with all three points following a remarkable finish to a meeting with Queens Park Rangers which ended 3-2.

Richard Dunne opened the scoring for the opposition with the tenth Premier League own goal of his career in the 67th minute, tapping in a quick free kick to gift the visitors an advantage they did not really deserve but substitute Eduardo Vargas equalised in the 87th minute, knocking home from close range after a neat square ball from Charlie Austin.

Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool back in front three minutes later, cutting in from the left as his effort took an unfortunate bobble off off a QPR ankle and skipped past Alex McCarthy.

In injury time, Vargas grabbed his and QPR’s second, powering past the Liverpool defence crowding the goal-line.

He did not have enough time to attempt to rectify the final and decisive mistake of the game, though. On the break, Raheem Sterling tried to feed Mario Balotelli, but the feet of Steven Caulker took it over the line to give the visitors the points with practically the last kick of the game.

Mario Balotelli was muted, managing a couple of weak off-target shots; but none of his colleagues mustered anything better.

Stoke City 2 - 1 Swansea

Jon Walters came off the bench to lead Stoke City to a 2-1 win after coming from behind against Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium.

Wilfried Bony put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot on 34 minutes after he had been wrestled to the ground by Ryan Shawcross as the pair jostled for position as a corner came into the box.

Referee Michael Oliver then awarded another penalty nine minutes later after Victor Moses went down under a challenge from Angel Rangel and Charlie Adam made no mistake with his spot-kick.

After the break, both sides had chances before Walters won it for Stoke with 14 minutes remaining with a header from fellow substitute Oussama Assaidi's cross.


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Match reports from Skysports and Eurospot were used in this compilation

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