MAN CITY 5 BURNLEY 0
Champions Manchester City took over sole control at the top of the Premier League table with an easy 5-0 win over Burnley, earning them a seventh win from their opening nine games.
Unbeaten City took the lead in the 17th minute when Sergio Aguero slotted home from close range after clever play from Leroy Sane and David Silva. The Argentine has now scored seven goals in seven games against Burnley.
City should have doubled their lead just before the break but Burnley keeper Joe Hart, facing his former club for the first time, produced a superb one-handed save to keep out a David Silva header and Aguero missed with the follow-up from point-blank range.
Burnley stuck at their task until the 54th minute when they gifted City a second goal. Sane’s appeal for a penalty was turned down but the Clarets’ defence stopped, apparently thinking a spot-kick had been given, and David Silva passed to an unmarked Bernardo Silva for a simple finish.
Two minutes later City put the game beyond Burnley when the visitors’ attempt to clear a corner fell to the Brazilian and he thumped the ball home from outside the box.
City manager Pep Guardiola responded by bringing on Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who hasn’t played since the opening game of the season due to a knee injury, much to the delight of the home crowd.
A superb curling shot from Riyad Mahrez into the top corner made it 4-0 seven minutes from the end and Sane turned in a late fifth.
WEST HAM UNITED 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1
Tottenham Hotspur secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over lowly London rivals West Ham United thanks to a deft first-half finish from Erik Lamela in their Premier League derby on Saturday.
Spurs took the lead just before the break with a glancing header from Argentine Lamela into the far corner of the net after a dribble and cross by Moussa Sissoko from the right.
Tottenham had another chance before the break at a packed London Stadium but central defender Davinson Sanchez’s low shot was well blocked by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The home side almost equalised three minutes into the second period but Marko Arnautovic’s fine header from Aaron Cresswell’s cross was tipped over the bar by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
West Ham kept pressing and their lively Austria forward Arnautovic again tested Lloris on the hour with a rasping low drive but they could not find a way through the Spurs defence.
The win takes Tottenham up to provisional third place with 21 points from nine games before Saturday’s late match, while struggling West Ham remain in 15th spot on seven points.
CARDIFF CITY 4 FULHAM 2
Promoted Cardiff City celebrated their first Premier League win of the season after coming from behind to beat Fulham 4-2 at home in a rip-roaring clash on Saturday.
The result enabled Cardiff to climb out of the relegation zone into 17th position on five points from nine games, leaping over Fulham on goal difference as the Cottagers dropped to 18th after their worst start to a top-flight season.
Second-half goals from Callum Paterson and Kadeem Harris clinched it for Cardiff after Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid had overturned Andre Schurrle’s early opener for Fulham and Ryan Sessegnon had levelled for Fulham in a frantic opening period.
Former Germany striker Schurrle fired the west London side in front with a superb individual goal before clinical finishing by Murphy and Reid turned the match on its head inside the opening 20 minutes.
Sessegnon equalised with a composed finish before missing a pair of chances either side of halftime which ultimately proved costly for Fulham, the only Premier League side yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
Paterson pounced on a half-cleared cross to put Cardiff back in front before late substitute Harris sealed the contest in the 88th minute, sliding in at the far post to tuck the ball past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 1
Newcastle United were left to rue a host of missed chances as a deflected goal from Beram Kayal gave Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 Premier League win at St. James’s Park on Saturday.
The defeat, Newcastle’s seventh in nine league games this season, left them bottom of the standings with two points. Brighton are 12th with 11 points.
Brighton lost Glenn Murray early on after he appeared to be knocked unconscious in a nasty clash of heads with Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez. The striker had to be carried off on a stretcher and was replaced by Jurgen Locadia.
Play resumed after a lengthy stoppage and the visitors took the lead in the 29th minute when Shane Duffy headed a corner back to Jose Izquierdo, and his shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net by Beram Kayal.
Newcastle should drawn level at the break but Yoshinori Muto sent his header over the bar from point-blank range after Jonjo Shelvey’s shot was parried into his path.
Newcastle desperately searched for a second-half equaliser but their efforts were in vain and they slumped to a third league defeat in a row.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 WATFORD 2
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ impressive campaign as Premier League newcomers hit a roadblock at Molineux on Saturday when two goals in the space of 58 first-half seconds set Watford on the way to a deserved 2-0 victory.
Wolves, fielding an unchanged side for a record ninth consecutive game as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sought to improve the best start to a top-flight English season by any side for 10 years, once again began in assured fashion.
Yet after 20 minutes the visitors, with effectively their first attack of the game, took the lead with a 30-metre Etienne Capoue strike.
A side that had conceded one goal in seven previous league games suddenly let in two in the space of a minute when Roberto Pereyra, with the outside of his left foot, flicked the ball over Wolves keeper Rui Patricio from a narrow angle.
With Wolves’ six-match unbeaten record in the league under threat – they had been looking to go seven games without defeat in the top flight for the first time in 44 years – the home side rallied after the break but rarely threatened Watford.
It was a welcome tonic for Javi Gracia’s team who, after a bright start to the season, had not won any of their previous five league and Cup matches but now leapfrogged Wolves into seventh place in the table.
BOURNEMOUTH 0 SOUTHAMPTON 0
Bournemouth were held 0-0 by Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, with the stalemate maintaining their unbeaten record at home in all competitions this season.
The Cherries started the game with more intensity than their opponents, but were unable to break down a staunch Southampton defence. Mark Hughes’ struggling side then grew into the contest.
Saints’ Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found striker Charlie Austin behind the Bournemouth defenders halfway through the opening period, but his touch let him down for what would have been a rare clear-cut chance.
Hojbjerg then made an opening for himself after the hour mark by chesting the ball down and hitting a fierce volley. However, it was palmed away by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Shortly after, Nathan Ake had one of the best opportunities for the hosts but his header from a Ryan Fraser corner went straight at Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy.
Both sides threatened in the closing stages but could not be separated at the final whistle to leave Bournemouth still flying high in sixth in the Premier League standings.
Southampton, now without a win in five league matches, remain 16th and face Newcastle United at home next Saturday. Eddie Howe’s side travel to Fulham.