Premier League – Matchday Results Week 2

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Premier League – Matchday Results Week 2

Swansea City – West Ham United 3-0

After the impressive victory of Swansea City in the season opener, everyone was curious to see if the team around manager Michael Laudrup could win their second game in the Premier League. West Ham didn’t do very much from the beginning and Swansea capitalized from the mistakes. Rangel’s shot in the 20th minute went under Jaaskelainen body and found the back of the net – 1:0 Swansea. 9 minutes later capitalized Michu from a short back pass to extend to 2:0. Graham with the final score in the 64th minute. Swansea is with 8 goals and the second victory in a row on top of the league table.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor (Davies 84), Britton, De Guzman (Agustien 75), Michu, Dyer, Routledge (Moore 81), Graham

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins (Vaz Te 46), Collins, McCartney, Jarvis, Nolan, Noble, Diame (Diarra 69), Demel, Cole (Maiga 62)

Goals: Rangel 20, Michu 29, Graham 64

Aston Villa – Everton FC 1-3

Everton fans were impressed with their team in the first game of the season against Manchester United, but could the team give another performance like that? Everton again, with an impressive start in their second game of the season. Pienaar finished a 20-yard shot and set Everton on their way (3rd minute). Pienaar’s first goal for the Toffee’s since coming back from Tottenham. Fellaini scored the second goal for Everton after a Given mistake in the 32nd minute. Villa was never any danger and had only one shot on goal in the first half. Everton on the other side scored the 3-0 after a close range finish by Jelavic in the 44th minute. El Ahmadi, however found the back of the net in the 74th minute for the final 1:3.

Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, N’Zogbia, Herd (Lichaj 59), El Ahmadi, Bannan (Weimann 70), Delfouneso (Holman 46), Bent

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Pienaar, Gibson (Mirallas 70), Naismith (Coleman 64), Jelavic (Heitinga 87), Fellaini

Goals: Pienaar 3, Fellaini 31, Jelavic 43, El Ahmadi 74

Manchester United – Fulham 3:2

ManUnited had a bad start in the season after losing to Everton in the previous week. They also had bad news during week when they announced that Rooney will be out because of injury for several weeks. However, the guest from Fulham started off well and Duff scored the opener of the night after a free-kick – 1:0 Fulham. Manchester United, this time with Robin van Persie from the beginning and he showed his qualities. In the 10th minute, it was RVP to scored the equalizer- after a stunning cross by Evra, van Persie let the all bounce and found the back of the net with a great strike – 1:1. Than it was Kagawa to take the lead for United after he got his foot on a deflection by Schwarzer. Rafael headed the 3:1 lead just before the halt-time. After the break nothing changed and ManUnited was still the dominant team. Vidic set the final score after back healing in his own goal 3:2 ManUnited. For Manchester this was the first win of the season and proved that even without Rooney, the team will be a contender for the title this year.

Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Carrick, Vidic, Evra, Cleverley, Anderson (Giggs 81), Valencia, Kagawa (Rooney 68), Young (Welbeck 68), Van Persie

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs, Duff, Diarra (Baird 81), Dembele, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 62), Ruiz, Petric (Rodallega 72)

Goals: Duff 3, Van Persie 10, Kagawa 35, Rafael 41, Vidic (og) 64

Norwich City – Queens Park Rangers

Both teams wanted to make up for the huge loss of the first Premier League match. Mark Hughes changed the squad and brought Zamora along with Cisse up front. In the 11th minute, the ball found its way to Pilkington who crossed the ball and Jackson with a superb header into the back of the net – 1:0 Norwich. However, QPR came back, the duo Zamora/Cisse were always dangerous and created chances. In the 19th minute, Cisse was hit in the penalty area and the referee pointed at the penalty spot. Cisse missed the penalty but Zamora converted the rebound.

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Jackson (Chris Martin 87), Holt (Morison 87)

QPR: Green, Traore (Bosingwa 70), Hill (Onuoha 46), Ferdinand, Da Silva, Mackie, Diakite (Derry 86), Park, Hoilett, Cisse, Zamora

Goal: Jackson 11 , Zamora 19

Southampton – Wigan 0:2

For Southampton this was the first home game since 2005 in the Premier League – a historic date for the club. Wigan on the othe side just announced the transfer of Moses, one of the leading strikers to Chelsea.  However, the game started without any chances and heavy rain. Al Habsi had to make a stunning save after a 25 yard shot by Lallana. Di Santo, however, scored the opener of the night after a cross by Maloney. Kone extended the lead in the 89th minute and proved that Wigan can perform even without Moses.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Steven Davis (Ward-Prowse 75), Schneiderlin, Lallana, Do Prado, Rodriguez (Sharp 76), Lambert

Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Ramis, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Figueroa, Kone (Boselli 90), Di Santo (Gomez 67), Maloney (Beausejour 75)

Goals: Di Santo 51,Kone 89

Tottenham Hotspurs – West Brom 1:1

The first home game of the season for Tottenham and Bale and Co. were in good shape. Tottenham started off well and Bale was always a danger on the left. In the first half, Tottenham created chance after chance, but they missed the goal. It was Assou-Ekotto long range dive that gave Tottenham the lead with 15 minutes remaining. However, Morrison scored the late equalizer with a 10yard strike in the 90th minute to take the first win off of Andre Villas-Boas hands.

Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Livermore, Sandro (Sigurdsson 73), Van der Vaart (Adebayor 62), Bale; Defoe (Jenas 76)

West Brom: Foster; Reid, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley; Yacob, Morrison, Dorrans (Brunt 75), Mulumbu; Long (Lukaku 62), Fortune (Rosenberg 78)

Goals: Assou-Ekotto 74, Morrison 90+1

Chelsea FC – Newcastle United 2:0

Chelsea Manager Di Matteo started the game with Mata, Hazard and Torres up front and the trio was a danger for Newcastle right from the beginning. In the 22nd minute, Torres was fouled by Anita and the referee pointed at the penalty spot. Hazad, the £32m signing converted the penalty superbly. Tores, however played one of his best games for Chelsea since his arrival last year. In the 45th minute extended Torres the lead to 2:0 after an 18 yard strike. Newcastle on the other side was never any danger nor did they test Chelsea’s defence at any point. Chelsea with an impressive win in the second game of the new season.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Meireles (Lampard 87); Mata (Ramires 67), Hazard, Bertrand; Torres

Newcastle: Krul; Simpson (R Taylor 64), Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon (Marveaux 74); Ben Arfa, Cabaye (Perch 77), Anita, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse

Goals: Hazard (pen) 22, Torres 45

Stoke – Arsenal 0:0

In the second game of the season, Arsenal was still looking for their first goal for this Premier League campaign. Arsenal was the dominant team and had the majority of the possession. Podolski and Giroud had early chances, but overall Arsenal missed to put more pressure on Stoke. In the second half, Arsenal finally created some chances and Giroud, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta failed to convert. The 0:0 against Stoke is disappointing for Arsenal.

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant (Jerome 65), Cameron, Whelan (Palacios 81), Kightly, Walters, Crouch (Shotton 79)

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla (Ramsey 81), Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain 72), Giroud, Gervinho (Walcott 72)

Liverpool FC – Manchester City 2:2

Rodgers made several changes in the Liverpool squad. Sterling made his debut from the beginning – only 17 years old. Liverpool with a great start dominated the possession especially because of Allen. Skrtel’s header gave Liverpool the lead in the 34th minute after a Gerrard corner – absolutely deserved.  After the half-time, Yaya Toure took advantage of bad defending in the Liverpool defence and scored the equalizer. 3 minutes late scored Suarez a great 25 yard free-kick in the left corner – 2:1 Liverpool. A bad mistake by Skrtel, however, allowed Tevez to equalize with 10 minutes remaining. Manchester City got lucky and secured an absolutely undeserved point at Liverpool. Liverpool, on the other side, with an impressive performance.

Liverpool: Reina; Kelly (Enrique 66), Coates, Skrtel, Johnson; Gerrard, Lucas (Shelvey 5), Allen; Borini (Carroll 83), Suarez, Sterling

Man City: Hart; Kolo Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta; Milner (Silva 76), De Jong, Yaya Toure, Kolarov; Nasri (Rodwell 59); Tevez, Balotelli (Dzeko 62)

Goals: Skrtel 34, Yaya Toure 63, Suarez 66, Tevez 80

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