MANCHESTER UNITED 1-2 SWANSEA CITY
Louis van Gaal’s first competitive game as Manchester United manager ended in disaster as Swansea City against all odds, shocked everyone and won at Old Trafford. The Swans took the lead midway through the first half; Debutant Sigurdsson’s pass found Ki, who found the bottom corner to score the first Premier League goal of the season. United were level just eight minutes into the second half, newly named captain Rooney swept home after Jones flicked on at the near post. Despite Rooney hitting the post soon after the day belonged to Swansea, Sigurdsson completed a man of the man performance by side footing home after the home side failed to clear.
LEICESTER CITY 2-2 EVERTON
Leicester started their Premier League campaign with a deserved draw against last season’s highflyers Everton after a 2-2 draw at the Walkers Stadium. It was the blues that took the lead; McGeady’s terrific curling effort found the top corner on twenty minutes, the Irishman’s first goal for the club. Leicester’s response was immediate, two minutes in fact, record signing Ulloa smashed home after Distin’s clearance hit his back to draw the Foxes level. Everton retook the lead on the stroke of half time; a splendid move was smartly finished by Naismith, his finish hitting the bar on the way in. Leicester were not to be denied, four minutes from time Wood found himself in aches of space and sided footed past Howard to give the new boys side a point.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0-1 HULL CITY
QPR began life back in the Premier League with a loss, James Chester scoring the only goal of the game to give Hull the win. Chester beat new signing Rio Ferdinand to the ball early in the second half. Rangers had a golden opportunity to level late on but Austin was denied his first ever Premier League goal when his weak penalty was easily saved by McGregor.
STOKE CITY 0-1 ASTON VILLA
Andreas Weimann scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa won their first Premier League away game since New Year’s Day. The Austrian forward struck a couple of minutes into the second period to give Villa the points. Begovic will be extremely disappointed as he allowed Weimann’s shot go find the bottom corner.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2-2 SUNDERLAND
A late Seb Larsson equaliser ensured that the spoils were shared at the Hawthorns between Sunderland and West Brom. Despite being 2-1 behind it was Sunderland that took the lead, an absolute thunderbolt from Lee Cattermole from fully 30 yards. West Brom were level just before the interval in controversial circumstances. Anichebe was fouled in the area, referee Swarbrick pointed to the spot despite replays showing minimal contact. Berahino merited, sending Mannone the wrong way to level the scores. The home side thought they’d won it 15 minutes from time when Berahino grabbed his second of the afternoon after brilliant work from Gardener. Sunderland were not to be denied when Larsson rescued a point for Poyet’s men.
WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Eric Dier scored a dramatic late winner on his Tottenham debut to ensure Mauricio Pochettino was given the perfect start to his reign as Spurs boss. It was far from straight forward for Pochettino’s side. On 32 minutes Kyle Naughton was sent off for handballing in the box, it seemed harsh on the defender, but he had to go. Noble scuffed the resulting penalty wide of target much to the relief of Naughton and the score remained 0-0. On the hour mark the pendulum swung back Tottenham’s way when Collins received his second booking and saw red. From that moment on Spurs grew in confidence and were rewarded deep into stoppage time. Debutant Dier rounded Adrian after Kane’s ball split the West Ham defence leaving the youngster with the easy task of slotting in to send the Spurs fans into raptures behind the goal, giving them a vital three points.
ARSENAL 2-1 CRYSTAL PALACE
A last gasp winner from Aaron Ramsey broke the determination of manger less Palace to ensure that the Gunners started their campaign with a win. But it was the away side that took the lead. Debutant Hangeland climbed highest and nodded in his first goal for the club to shock the Emirates. Arsenal equalized just before half time when Koscienly coolly headed home from Sanchez’s perfect free kick. In the last couple of minutes Palace’s hard work came to nothing when firstly Puncheon saw red for a second bookable offence and then with practically the last kick of the game Ramsey reacted first when Debuchy’s intital effort was saved to tap home.
LIVERPOOL 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON
Life without Luis Suarez began with an unconvincing win for Liverpool against a spirited Southampton despite their summer disturbance. The Reds took the lead on 23 minutes; Henderson’s beautiful through ball was calmly slotted home by Sterling to open the scoring. An organised and gritty Southampton got the equaliser their play had warranted when Clyne smashed in to level the scores. The Saints day was ruined minutes from time when Sturridge’s faint touch was enough find the bottom corner after Sterling’s header found the England striker.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY
Champions Manchester City opened up with predictable 2-0 victory at St James Park after goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva. City took the lead midway through the first half when Silva slotted home following a superb back heel from Dzeko. Despite a hardworking and determined performance from Newcastle they couldn’t find the significant equaliser. Late sub Aguero ensured three points for City tucking home at the second time of asking after his original effort was saved by Krul.
BURNLEY 1-3 CHELSEA
New signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa both starred as an impressive Chelsea downed new boys Burnleys earn their first win of the season. The possibility of an upset looked on the cards when Burnley took the lead on 14 minutes. Arfield stylishly volleyed home from the edge of the box to stun Chelsea and score the Clarets first goal back in the Premier League. The home sides lead lasted a mere three minutes when Costa was first to react to smash home his first goal for the club. Minutes later the title favourites took the lead. An excellent move involving 25 passes was finished off by Schurrle after an exquisite first time pass from Fabregas. Chelsea were soon in control when on 34 minutes Ivanovic converted home after a pinpoint corner from man of the match Fabregas.
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