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Premier League 2019-20: Everton Stun Chelsea, United Paints Manchester Red

Premier League 2019-20: Everton Stun Chelsea, United Paints Manchester Red Photo: TT
United Defeated City

What happened over Saturday at the Premier League as some of the top sides were in action.

Managerless Everton beat Chelsea 3-1 giving caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson a perfect start. Everton, all high-tempo and energy, took the lead as early as the 5th minute when Djibril Sidibes fine cross was met by a thumping header from Richarlison. The home side then doubled their lead after half-time when Calvert-Lewin capitalised on poor Chelsea defending to add a second, despite a VAR check for handball in the build-up.

Chelsea responded almost immediately, Mateo Kovavis long range effort finding the net, although the goal was only allowed after a VAR check. The visitors pressed for an equaliser only to concede a third goal after another defensive mix-up allowed Calvert-Lewin to find the net again, poking home from close range.

League leaders Liverpool maintained their title challenge with a comfortable 3 0 win away at Bournemouth. The Merseyside took the lead on 35 minutes when Jordan Hendersons vision saw Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in space, and his first-time shot beat Aaron Ramsden in the home goal. On the verge of half-time it was two, Mo Salah holding the ball up on the edge of the area, and then back-heeling for Naby Keita to side-foot home. The match was effectively decided ten minutes in the second half, Keita returning the favour to Salah who finished clinically. The Anfield side then eased off to save their energies for the matches to come, including the World Cup Championship, and their vital Champions League match with Red Bull Salzburg before that.

Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Burnley 5 0 at White Hart Lane, as their revival under Jose Mourinho continued. The home side took an early lead when Harry Kane picked up a pass from Son Heung-min and blasted the ball past Nick Pope in the Burnley goal. They then quickly doubled their lead when Sons shot was charged down, only for Dele Allis header to loop to Lucas Moura to finish from close range. Son then produced one of the goals of the season, picking the ball up in his own box and running almost the entire length of the field, with defenders trailing in his wake, before shooting home from 15 yards.

Kane made it four on 62 minutes, taking advantage of a Burnley mistake to fire in his second of the afternoon. And Moussa Sissoko then made it five, picking up the ball in midfield, playing a one-two with Kane, before slipping the ball past Pope.

Manchester United dealt neighbours Manchester City a blow in their title quest, winning 2-1 at the Etihad. After a frenetic start which saw chances at both ends, Bernardo Silva was adjudged by VAR to have brought down Marcus Rashford in the box, and the England striker took the kick himself, sending Ederson the wrong way to put United ahead.

Rashford then had two more chances to score, snatching at a pass from Fred to skew wide, and then striking the bar with Ederson beaten. United then doubled their lead through Anthony Martial who was allowed space on the left-hand side of the box to shoot in off the post, although Edersons positioning may be questioned. A shell-shocked City pressed forward, but Gabriel Jesus missed a chance to pull a goal back before half-time, sending his diving header wide.

In the second half City continued to press forward but United defended resolutely, and continued to threaten on the break. The home side did pull a goal back when Nicolas Otamendi headed in from a corner, but David de Geas save at the feet of Riyad Mahrez was the closest they came to an equaliser.

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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