London, 16 August (IANS) Manchester City’s title defense got off to a false start as they lost 1-0 to Tottenham in their opening game of the season. Heung Min-Son’s goal in the 55th minute gave Tottenham all three points in a game given extra spice by Manchester City’s well-lit chase for Spurs captain Harry Kane.
On Sunday night, Kane was not included in his side’s squad with coach Nuno Espiritu Santo, who said the striker, who first returned to training a week ago, was not match fit.
Jack Grealish made his debut for Manchester City, but the game showed exactly why Pep Guardiola wants to sign Kane when his side played beautiful football but lacked bite in their rivals’ area, Xinhua reports.
West Ham began where they escaped last season with a 4-2 away win over Newcastle United after twice coming back from behind in Sunday’s second match.
Callum Wilson put Newcastle ahead in the fifth minute, only for Aaron Cresswell to level in the 18th minute, and although Jacob Murphey put Newcastle back in front before half-time, a second-half blitz Said Benrahma, Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio blitzed Newcastle with three goals in 13 minutes, where Antonio also saw a penalty saved in that period.
Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick on Saturday as Manchester United beat Leeds United 5-1. Fernandes put his side ahead in the 30th minute, and although Luke Ayling leveled Leeds three minutes after the break, goals from Mason Greenwood and Fernandez settled in the 52nd and 54th minutes of the game before Fernandes completed his 60-minute hat-trick. and Fred made it 5-1 eight minutes later.
Jadon Sancho made his debut as a late replacement to end a perfect start for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side.
Chelsea also got off to a solid start as they ruined Patrick Viera’s debut as Crystal Palace coach with a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge, with Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic putting them 2-0 up at half-time before defender Trevor Chalobah scored his first. Premier League goals just before the hour.
Virgil van Dijk was back in defense as Liverpool ruined Norwich’s return to the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Carrow Road with goals from strikers, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the match as Leicester City started their season with a 1-0 win at home to Wolves, who moved the ball well around but looked sluggish in attack.
Rafa Benitez may not have been a popular choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti, but the former Liverpool boss’ stock will have increased after goals in the second half from Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped his side win after closing a early Adam Armstrong goal towards Southampton.
Watford had a winning return to the top flight with goals from Emmanuel Bonaventure, Ismaila Sarr and ‘Cucho’ Hernandez taking them to a 3-2 win at home to Aston Villa.
Goals from Neal Maupay and Alex McAlister saw Brighton topple James Tarkovski’s second minute opening for Burnley to take all three points on Turf Moor.
Recently promoted Brentford started the new season in winning style on Friday night as goals in each half from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard gave them a 2-0 win over a very disappointing Arsenal.