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Premier League round-up: Newcastle players give ill manager Rafa Benitez perfect pick-me-up at Swansea

Harry Kane scores 100th goal for Tottenham in 3-0 win over Everton and Brighton record first win of the season against West Brom 

Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles celebrates victory over Swansea City. Rebecca Naden / Reuters
Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles celebrates victory over Swansea City. Rebecca Naden / Reuters

Swansea City 0-1 Newcastle United 

Newcastle: Lascelles (76')

Newcastle United gave absent manager Rafael Benitez the perfect pick-me-up with a 1-0 victory at Swansea City.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles capped a fine display that included an excellent goal-line clearance by powering home Matt Ritchie's 76th-minute corner.

Lascelles towered above Alfie Mawson in the six-yard box to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for Newcastle.

The three points will come as a timely tonic for Benitez, who was recovering at home after being laid low by an infection following recent hernia surgery.

Newcastle had arranged to put on a helicopter to fly him to and from his Merseyside base but the Spaniard was not well enough to make the trip, although the club had said he was in contact with his staff throughout the day.

Apart from when Tammy Abraham looked like opening the scoring, only to be denied by Lascelles' dramatic late intervention, Newcastle's main source of concern came when they were spared from being reduced to 10 men.

Ritchie produced the sort of high foot just after half time which saw Sadio Mane sent off for Liverpool at Manchester City on Saturday.

But Ritchie did not make any contact with Mawson and referee Mike Jones waved play on rather than reaching for his cards.

 

 

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer saw his lose a fourth successive Premier League game on Sunday after going down 1-0 to Burnley. Andrew Yates / Reuters
Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer saw his lose a fourth successive Premier League game on Sunday after going down 1-0 to Burnley. Andrew Yates / Reuters

 

Burnley v Crystal Palace

Burnley: Wood (3')

Frank de Boer's short reign at Crystal Palace was plunged into further turmoil after an early blunder from Lee Chung-yong paved the way for his side's fourth straight Premier League defeat.

Burnley new boy Chris Wood pounced on a dreadful back-pass by the South Korean to put his side in front with less than three minutes on the clock and the hosts held out to leave De Boer's reign hanging by a thread after a 1-0 loss.

Palace perhaps deserved something from a hugely-improved performance - and almost got it when Scott Dann somehow contrived to head wide from point-blank range in injury time - but it may not be enough to save the Dutchman his job.

De Boer had made three changes and reluctantly switched to a 4-4-2 formation in a bid to kick-start his season, but looked on aghast as Lee's horrendous early error piled more pressure on his beleaguered side.

In no danger wide on the left flank, Lee, making his 100th Premier League appearance, turned and played the ball back in the direction of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, oblivious to the lurking threat of the in-form Wood.

Served up with the simplest of chances, the New Zealander reacted clinically by firing past Hennessey first time from the edge of the box, giving his side a dream start.

 

Stoke City's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (10) slides in to score his side's first goal in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United. Peter Powell / Reuters
Stoke City's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (10) slides in to score his side's first goal in a 2-2 draw against Manchester United. Peter Powell / Reuters

 

Stoke City v Manchester United

Stoke: Choupo-Moting (43', 62') Man United: Rashford (45+1), Lukaku (57')

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s double denied Manchester United a fourth successive Premier League win on Saturday as the leaders’ rearguard was breached for the first time this season.

The Cameroon striker scored a goal in either half at the Bet365 Stadium, putting Stoke ahead two minutes before the break when he turned home a Mame Biram Doiuf cross before heading home unmarked at the back post just past the hour.

Stoke’s lead lasted less than two minutes as Marcus Rashford headed in from a United corner. Romelu Lukaku put Jose Mourinho’s side ahead on 57 minutes, although the big Belgium striker needed two bites at the cherry after Jack Butland saved his initial effort, before Choupo-Moting equalised five minutes later.

The point takes United above neighbours Manchester City on goal difference after Pep Guardiola's side hammered 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in Saturday's early kick off.

 

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring against Leicester City. Rebecca Naden / Reuters
Chelsea's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring against Leicester City. Rebecca Naden / Reuters

 

Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea: Morata (41'), Kante (50') Leicester: Vardy (62' pen)

Much of the pre-match talk centred on Danny Drinkwater but it was another former Leicester City player who returned to haunt them as Chelsea won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

N'Golo Kante, Drinkwater's central-midfield foil during Leicester's 2015/16 Premier League title-winning season, was his usual energetic, tidy self and capped a typically consistent display with a goal from 25 yards to double Chelsea's lead after Alvaro Morata's opener.

Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot, but Antonio Conte's team held on for the three points.

Kante made the move to Stamford Bridge last summer and Drinkwater followed him on transfer deadline day last month in a £35 million (Dh170m) switch.

Drinkwater began on the bench with his prospective £22m replacement, Adrien Silva, sitting in the stands with his future shrouded in uncertainty after Fifa dismissed Leicester's registration of the player because the club missed the transfer-window deadline by 14 seconds.

Drinkwater did not make it onto the pitch as Conte opted to bring on deadline-day signing Davide Zappacosta, the fit-again Eden Hazard and Willian, who went inches away from making it 3-1 with a lovely curling effort late on.

 

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium. John Walton / PA
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium. John Walton / PA

 

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth

Arsenal: Welbeck (6', 50'), Lacazette (27')

Danny Welbeck struck twice as Arsenal eased to victory over Bournemouth to get their Premier League campaign back on track.

Arsenal had lost to both Stoke City and Liverpool heading into the international break but they were never in trouble here as Welbeck inspired them to a 3-0 win against a poor Bournemouth side.

Welbeck opened the scoring early on with a mistimed header before setting up Alexandre Lacazette and then completing his double with a well-taken second.

Alexis Sanchez was only named on the bench after failing to secure a move to Manchester City before the transfer window closed last week. He replaced Welbeck with 15 minutes remaining to a mixed reception.

 

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford gathers from Tottenham's Harry Kane, centre. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford gathers from Tottenham's Harry Kane, centre. Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

 

Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham: Kane (28', 46'), Eriksen (42')

Harry Kane opened his Premier League account for the season and brought up a century of Tottenham goals, netting twice as Spurs turned over a sloppy Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.

Wayne Rooney's appearance in the home team caught the eye, just days after being charged for drink-driving, but he ended up a bit-part in a celebratory afternoon for his successor as England's leading light.

Kane, who scored a pair against Malta on September 1 after his customary barren August, struck his 100th for Tottenham when an unintentional cross-shot swerved into the top corner then clipped home from close range early in the second half, with Christian Eriksen on target in between.

It was a controlled and clinical display from the London side, for whom Ben Davies excelled at left-back, and they have now taken six of their seven points away from their temporary Wembley home.

 

 

 

Brighton's Pascal Gross celebrates scoring against West Brom. John Sibley / Reuters
Brighton's Pascal Gross celebrates scoring against West Brom. John Sibley / Reuters

 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

Brighton: Gross (45', 48'), Hemed (63') WBA: Morrison (77')

Brighton & Hove Albion secured their first top-flight win for 34 years, with Pascal Gross' double clinching a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton hadn't scoredin the top tier since May 1983 and their wait was finally over in the 45th minute when Gross converted a Solly March pass.

Gross struck again in the 48th minute and Tomer Hemed netted in the 63rd minute before James Morrison's 77th minute reply for West Brom.

 

Southampton's Dusan Tadic, left, in action with Watford's Tom Cleverley, centre, and Christian Kabasele. Hannah McKay / Reuters
Southampton's Dusan Tadic, left, in action with Watford's Tom Cleverley, centre, and Christian Kabasele. Hannah McKay / Reuters

 

Southampton 0-2 Watford

Watford: Doucoure (38), Janmaat (66')

Long-range strikes from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat ended Southampton's unbeaten start and lifted Watford into the top four.

The goals secured a 2-0 victory for the upwardly-mobile visitors as Southampton struggles in front of goal continued.

Doucoure pounced shortly before the break from outside the box and Janmaat hit a second-half cracker just four minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Meanwhile, shot-shy Southampton drew a blank for the third time in their four Premier League matches so far this season.

They have issues to address at the back, too, as there was again no Virgil van Dijk in the line-up.

 

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is fouled by Liverpool's Sadio Mane resulting in a red card for the Senegalese attacker. Lee Smith / Reuters
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is fouled by Liverpool's Sadio Mane resulting in a red card for the Senegalese attacker. Lee Smith / Reuters

 

Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool

Man City: Aguero (24'), Jesus (45+6', 53'), Sane (70', 90+1')  Red card: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Liverpool's Sadio Mane was dismissed for a challenge that saw goalkeeper Ederson stretchered off as Manchester City destroyed their Premier League title rivals 5-0 on Saturday.

Brazilian Ederson was carried off in a neck brace after being caught in the face by Mane's foot as he raced out to head the ball away late in the first half and the Liverpool forward was shown a straight red card.

City already led 1-0 through Sergio Aguero's opener at that point and doubles from Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leroy Sane completed City's biggest win over Liverpool since March 1937.

With Liverpool having avoided defeat against their top-six rivals last season, it was the first time Jurgen Klopp's side had lost to one of their principal adversaries since a 1-0 loss at home to Manchester United in January 2016.

 

 

It meant Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain had a deja vu debut after coming on at half time for Liverpool, having succumbed to a 4-0 defeat against his new club on his last appearance for Arsenal before the international break.

While Mane's dismissal was a key factor in the game's outcome, the emphatic nature of City's win suggests Pep Guardiola's second season as manager will yield a serious title challenge.

City are unbeaten in 12 league games, their best run under Guardiola, while Argentina striker Aguero is now the outright leading non-European goalscorer in English top-flight history with 124 goals.