English Premier League 2019-20: Mourinho Begins with Win for Spurs, Liverpool, City Triumph
Jose Mourinho starts with a win

Tottenham Hotspur began life under new manager Jose Mourinho with a 3-2 win at West Ham United, their first away win since January.

Son Heung-min gave Spurs the lead with a fierce shot that the West Ham keeper Roberto could have done more to stop. And then Son turned provider squaring the ball for Lucas Moura to make it two before half-time, Four minutes after the restart, Harry Kane made it three, and although West Ham pulled a goal back from Michael Antonio, and a second deep into injury time through Angelo Ogbanna, the home side were well beaten on the day.

Arsenal and Southampton drew 2-2 at the Emirates, but the Saints were left rueing missed chances and the opportunity to beat the Gunners away for the first time since 1987.

It was Southampton who took the lead when the home defence went to sleep, allowing Danny Ings to score unchallenged at the far post. However, the Gunners were soon level when a shot from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was charged down,and Alexander Lacazette swivelled to score from the rebound.

Southampton continued to create much the better chances, despite Arsenal substitute Nicolas Pépé hitting the bar, and were awarded a penalty with ten minutes to go when Kiernan Tierney was adjudged to have fouled Ings in the box. James Ward-Prowse took the spot kick and, although Bernd Leno saved his first effort, the penalty taker scored from the follow-up.

However, deep into stoppage time, Arsenal got the equaliser they barely deserved, when substitute Gabriel Martinelli found Lacazette, and he scored from close range.

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 2 -1 victory at Crystal Palace. The first half produced yet another VAR controversy, when Palace thought they had scored through James Tomkins, only for the video assistant to rule it. The decision appeared soft. And Palace had reason to curse their luck further when Liverpool took the lead just after half-time through Sadio Mané. However, with ten minutes left, the home side did equalise through Wilfried Zaha with his first goal of the season, but Palace joy was short-lived as Roberto Firmino scored for the league leaders from a corner. Zaha then wasted a great chance to equalise again, blazing over.

Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 2 - 1 over Chelsea, coming from behind to maintain their title challenge.

Chelsea took the lead when N’golo Kante controlled a pass from Matteo Kovacic to slot home. However City levelled when Kevin de Bruyne’s shot was deflected in via a deflection off Kurt Zouma. And Riyad Mahrez gave them the lead with a fine shot cutting in from the right. Raheem Sterling thought he had added a third but it was ruled out for offside.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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