Premier League Re-Cap : Chelsea go top thanks to Hazard
The Premier League returned this weekend after the international break and saw Liverpool continue where they left off while Watford failed to replicate their winning from before the break.
Liverpool and Spurs got the weekend underway with the 12:30 kick off. Liverpool took the lead in the 39th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum headed in after Tottenham failed to clear James Milner’s corner. Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm was slow to react to the header and could only claw the ball away after it had already crossed the line.
Liverpool doubled their lead after the break in the 54th minute when Michel Vorm failed to get a hold of the ball after it came back off his post leaving Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino with an easy tap-in.
Firmino was forced to come off in the 74th minute after being poked in the eye by Jan Vertonghen an image that wasn’t for the squeamish that’s for sure. Erik Lamela got a late consolation goal when he chested down Christian Eriksen’s corner in the 94th minute. and volleyed it across the goal into the bottom left-hand corner. Spurs had a penalty appeal turned down in the final seconds of the game after Sadio Mané tripped Son Heung-min.
Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester
A first-half blitz meant that Bournemouth were almost guaranteed the three points by halftime in this 3 pm kick off but Leicester did enough to at least make the final few minutes uncomfortable for the Cherries.
Leicester began the brighter of the two sides but a series of misplaced passes and clumsy challenges allowed Bournemouth to grow into the game. Bournemouth went ahead with their first attempt on goal when Ryan Fraser curled the ball into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box.
Fraser added his second of the game in the 37th minute when he held off Harry Maguire to convert again before Joshua King added a third four minutes before the break when he converted from the spot after Leicesters new Portuguese right-back Ricardo Pereira handled the ball inside the area.
Things got worse for Leicester after Wes Morgan was sent off in the 69th minute after he overran the ball and made an ugly tackle on Dan Gosling to earn himself a second yellow card.
Adam Smith got Bournemouth’s fourth of the game in the 81st minute when he got onto the end of Frasers cut back.
Leicester made a late attempt of a comeback when James Maddison converted from the penalty spot in the 88th minute before Marc Albrighton scored 1 minute later.
Chelsea go top thanks to Hazard
Chelsea continued their impressive start to the season and went top thanks to an Eden Hazard hat-trick.
Saturday’s victory means Chelsea have started the season with 5 successive wins for the first time since 2010 while the defeat means that Cardiff are now winless for 6 games in a row their worst run under Neil Warnock who was appointed in October 2016.
Cardiff deserved their lead given to them in the 16th minute by Sol Bamba but once Eden Hazard got into the game there was no stopping the Belgian.
Hazard got his first in the 37th minute when he smashed the ball into the bottom left of the Cardiff goal from just inside the right-hand side of the box. His second came from a heavily a deflected shot after the ball had been laid off to him by Olivier Giroud.
He wrapped up his hat-trick in the 80th minute from the spot before Willian added a 4th for the blues three minutes later.
Watford failed to continue their run on Saturday when they lost 2-1 against Manchester United. 2 goals in the space of 3 minutes the first a tap-in for Lukaku in the 34th while a superb piece of chest control and volley technique from Chris Smalling gave United a 2-0 lead going into the break.
Andre Gray gave Watford a lifeline when he scored with a brilliant finish into the top right corner after being left unmarked on the edge of United’s box.
Despite the defeat, Watford finished the better of the two sides. Nemanja Matic was sent off in the closing minutes for a second bookable defence when he took down Hughes who was escaping down the right side.
Duffy Saves Brighton
Irish and Brighton defender Shane Duffy rescued his side from defeat on Monday evening after scoring one and earning a penalty for the other. Brighton found themselves two goals behind going into the final 25 minutes after Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s rocket of a strike in the 35th minute which began outside of the post before swerving into the bottom left corner just inside the post.
Danny Ings added a second for the Saints from the spot in the 65th minute. Duffy pulled one back for Brighton in the 67th minute after getting his head onto the end of Alexander Knockaert’s freekick.
Duffy earned his side a penalty in the 90th minute after being shoved in the back at a corner. Glen Murray converted the penalty to earn his side a draw, the second time in two games that Brighton have come from goals down to earn themselves a 2-2 draw.
Elsewhere on Saturday Crystal Palace beat Huddersfield 1-0, Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-1 and Manchester City won 3-0 at home to Fulham. Sunday saw Wolves beat Burnley 1-0 to continue their impressive run while West Ham got their first win of the season when they visited Everton at Goodison Park.