Premier League scores, Matchday 3 takeaways: Tottenham shocked by Newcastle; Aguero leads City over Bournemouth
Here's what to know about Matchday 3
Matchday 3 of the Premier League is over, and Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all lost their first games of the season. United was shocked at home to Crystal Palace, Arsenal was crushed by league-leader Liverpool and Tottenham, somehow, lost at home to Newcastle 1-0. The 10 matches gave fans 29 goals.
Here's what to know:
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Friday, Aug. 23
Aston Villa 2, Everton 0
Saturday, Aug. 24
Chelsea 3, Norwich City 2
Southampton 2, Brighton 0
Crystal Palace 2, Manchester United 1
Leicester City 2, Sheffield United 1
West Ham 3, Watford 1
Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1
Sunday, Aug. 25
Manchester City 3, Bournemouth 1
Newcastle 1, Spurs 0
Wolves 1, Burnley 1
Newcastle gets massive win at Spurs
Look at these numbers from Tottenham in this game:
- Outshot Newcastle 17-8
- Had 80 percent possession
- Completed nearly 600 passes more than Newcastle
- Had a 90 percent pass accuracy
- Lost 1-0
It was just one of those days where the ball didn't want to go in. Spurs had chance after chance and deserved more, but it was Joelinton's goal 27 minutes in that gave Steve Bruce his first win as manager of Newcastle. Here is that winning goal:
A tough one to swallow for Spurs. It's early, but results like these will keep them from really being in the title hunt.
As for Newcastle, the Magpies got a long way to go but should have a boost of confidence as a result as they fight for survival.
Manchester City takes care of Bournemouth
City bounced back from the draw against Tottenham by taking care of the Cherries behind two goals from Sergio Aguero. The result was never really in doubt, as City had 19 shots on the day.
Both of Aguero's goals came from close range as he was in the right spot in the right time, scooping up lose balls, while Raheem Sterling had the other. But it was Bournemouth that had arguably the goal of the week from Harry Wilson. Just before half time, he cut the lead in half at 2-1 with this unbelievable free kick.
In the end, City was just too much, moving to seven points in the table.
Liverpool dominates Arsenal
The3-1 behind two goals from Mohamed Salah, and two storylines continue to ring true: Liverpool's attack is great and Arsenal's defense is poor. The Reds had their way with Salah making David Luiz look silly on several occasions. Liverpool moved to 3-0-0 on the season with the win and sits alone in first place. Could this be the year they win the Premier League for the first time?
Palace fights back for late winner vs. United
Manchester United lost to Crystal Palace for the first time since 1991 in a wild game at Old Trafford. Crystal Palace took the lead 32 minutes in through Jordan Ayew, and United saw Marcus Rashford miss a penalty kick in the second half. But Daniel James came alive late with this awesome placed golazo to make it 1-1:
From there, the most likely outcome other than a draw was a United win. The Red Devils were controlling the ball in the final third and just looking for that golden moment to pull ahead. Yet would you believe Palace stole it? Patrick van Aanholt scored this goal in the 93rd minute for the win, and David de Gea probably should have done better with the shot. Take a look:
Remember that momentum United had after crushing Chelsea to start the season? That's gone.
Pulisic sharp in Blues win
It was a fine win for Chelsea where the Blues managed to find consistency in front of goal, but the defensive issues are still there. Pulisic was involved in the first two goals and keeps looking more and more comfortable for the London club. The opener came on a fine half volley from Tammy Abraham, but it was Pulisic who patiently waited for Cesar Azpilicueta to make his run before setting up the assist. Take a look at the opener, which came just three minutes in:
Norwich responded just three minutes later, but Mason Mount made it 2-1 just 17 minutes in off this fine assist by Pulisic:
This game was 2-2 just 30 minutes in, but only one more goal would arrive in the final hour of play. It was Abraham again with a fine strike near the top of the box:
There's the monkey off their back now with that first win. Truthfully, Chelsea has been very creative in attack early on this season, but the results haven't been there. You can say the Blues have been a bit unlucky, but things need to be fixed in attack. They are allowing more than two goals a game, and they can't rely on outscoring teams in high-scoring matches if they want to achieve their goals.
This first win will give them momentum, but there's still plenty of work to do.
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