Manchester City got the defence of their Premier League title off to an excellent start by thrashing West Ham United away 5–0.
City took the lead on 25 minutes, and it was no surprise that it came from a break on their right-hand side, where West Ham had struggled to cope all half, with Riyad Mahrez, in particular, causing them all sorts of problems. This time Mahrez turned provider, slipping in Kyle Walker, who accelerated past the West Ham defence and pulled the ball back for Gabriel Jesus to apply the final touch.
Soon after half-time City extended their lead when Kevin de Bruyne surged through midfield and slipped the ball to Raheem Stirling to slide home. City thought they had scored a third minutes afterwards when Jesus finished off a flowing move, but VAR chalked the goal off, the first time it had been used in the Premier League.
City though did score a third when Stirling beat the offside trap to lob Lucasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal, and this time VAR allowed the effort to stand. West Ham created little, but they had their best chance when substitute Javier Hernandez saw his effort saved by Ederson in the City goal.
The away side then were awarded a penalty. Sergio Aguero saw his first effort saved by Fabianski, but VAR ruled that the goalkeeper had moved off his line and ordered it to be re-taken. Aguero found the net with his second effort. And there was still time for Stirling to grab his hat-trick in injury time after another fine pass from Mahrez.
In the evening match, Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat newly promoted Aston Villa 3 – 1 at White Hart Lane. It was the visitors who took an early lead when a long ball from the back from Neil Taylor split the two Spurs’ central defenders, and John McGinn ran clear to score past Hugo Lloris on the angle with his left-foot.
Tottenham had a lot of possession but were guilty of overplaying when in threatening situations, and when they did produce a clear chance before half-time, Harry Kane wasted it, heading over from five yards.
The second half was one way traffic as Spurs pressed for an equaliser, although it took the introduction of Christian Eriksen from the bench to make the difference. It was his cross that Moussa Sissoko flicked on for Tom Heaton to make a fine instinctive save, but Villa could not get the ball clear and Spurs record signing Tanguy Ndombélé marked his debut with a goal from the edge of the area, although it brushed Tyrone Mings on the way.
Still Spurs pressed on , although Villa gifted them the second when Jack Grealish was caught in possession on the edge of his own area, and the ball broke for Kane to fire his side ahead. And then, on the stroke of full-time the England captain scored again, fed by Sissoko and curling home his shot from 18 yards.