Saturday’s English Premier League Round-Up

Updated: September 30, 2012

Liverpool, Stoke City and Sunderland claimed their first wins of the season in a goal laden Saturday of Premier League action with the net being 29 times in eight games.

Chelsea inflicted a first defeat of the season on Arsenal with a 2-1 win at the Emirates maintaining their unbeaten start and lead atop the table.

Poor defending from Laurent Koschielny on 20 minutes allowed Fernando Torres to hook home Juan Mata’s free-kick for the opening goal.

Arsenal equalized on 42 minutes when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low ball into the box was controlled and finished superbly by Gervinho.

The Blues bagged the winner on 53 minutes when Mata’s curling free-kick into the box was deflected past Vito Mannone by Koscielny.

Spurs clung on against Manchester United to win 3-2 and claim a first league victory at Old Trafford since 1989.

The visitors took the lead after just two minutes when Jan Vertonghen’s shot deflected in off Jonny Evans.

Tottenham continued to dominate and were 2-0 up just before the interval when Gareth Bale left Rio Ferdinand trailing in his wake before steering his shot beyond Anders Lindegaard.

United pulled a goal back on 51 minutes when Nani scored, only for Spurs to restore their cushion within a minute as Clint Dempsey pounced after Lindegaard had pushed out Bale’s drive.

Yet within another minute, United were back in it after Robin van Persie fed Shinji Kagawa and the Japan international turned smartly before firing home.

United threw everything at Spurs in search of an equaliser, with substitute Rooney and Michael Carrick hitting the woodwork and Van Persie having a goal ruled out for offside, bu the visitors did enough to claim their second win of the season.

Substitute Edin Dzeko made an immediate impact as he scored a late winner as Manchester City came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

Fulham took a 10th minute lead when Mladen Petric sent Joe Hart the wrong way from the penalty spot after Pablo Zabaleta had brought down John Arne Riise on the edge of the box.

Mark Schwarzer made some great first half saves, but was finally beaten two minutes before the interval when Sergio Aguero turned home after Carlos Tevez’s deflected shot had been parried.

City grabbed the winner with three minutes left to play when the Cootagers failed to deal with Gael Clichy’s cross and Dzeko thumped the ball into the top corner moments after replacing Javi Garcia.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road for the second season in a row as Liverpool claimed a first Premier League victory under Brendan Rodgers by hammering Norwich City 5-2.

Liverpool were in front inside the opening 60 seconds when the ball bounced to Suarez on the edge of the box and he smashed a low right-footed shot past John Ruddy.

Simeon Jackson was denied by the post for Norwich before 10 minutes were even on the clock, while Suarez was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when he was bundled and elbowed to the ground by Leon Barnett.

Suarez increased the Reds’ lead on 38 minutes when he pounced on dawdling defending to win possession and flick an excellent shot beyond Ruddy, having missed a much simpler chance moments earlier.

The visitors made it 3-0 at the start of the second period when Nuri Sahin had an easy finish from Suarez’s pass after the Uruguayan’s initial cross had come back to him.

Suarez completed his hat-trick on 56 minutes with a curling effort from 25 yards before the Canaries pulled a goal back through Steve Morison after Pepe Reina had failed to hold Russell Martin’s shot.

Any hopes the Canaries may have had of a remarkable comeback were quickly extinguished when Steven Gerrard’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected beyond a deceived Ruddy.

The home side then grabbed a last minute consolation through Grant Holt.

Nikica Jelavic scored a first-half brace as Everton recovered from a sluggish start to beat Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park.

The Saints enjoyed a dream start on Merseyside as record signing Gaston Ramirez had the simple task of heading home at the far post after Everton ‘keeper Tim Howard had misjudged a corner.

Everton rallied and drew level midway through the first half when Leon Osman smashed home after Kevin Mirallas’ cross fell kindly to him.

Jelavic then put Everton firmly in control before half-time as he fired home an angled drive on 32 minutes before heading home Republic of Ireland international Séamus Coleman’s cross six minutes later.

Demba Ba scored a disputed late equaliser as Newcastle United denied Reading a first league win of the season following a 2-2 stalemate at the Madejski Stadium.

What had been a dull tussle was livened up by three goals in the space of four minutes.

Reading went ahead on 58 minutes when Jimmy Kebe slipped upon shooting to wrong-foot Steve Harper, but the Magpies were level within a minute when Ba volleyed home in stunning fashion from Cheick Tiote’s probing pass.

The Royals regained the lead on 62 minutes when Jobi McAnuff did well down the left and his cross was glanced inside the far post by Irish striker Noel Hunt.

Ba helped to draw Newcastle level again seven minutes from time, in controversial circumstances as Shane Ferguson’s cross hit the Senegal striker’s arm before deflecting in off Kaspars Gorkss.

Peter Crouch netted twice in the opening 45 minutes to guide Stoke City to a 2-0 win at the Britannia over Swansea City.

The Potters took the lead on 12 minutes when Crouch was found unmarked six yards out to stoop and head home a corner.

Crouch then doubled that lead when he reacted quickest to tap home the loose ball after his initial effort was blocked by Michel Vorm.

Steven Fletcher became the first player to score in each of the opening five games of a Premier League season as Sunderland completed a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light.

Wigan had been the better team in the first half, but the match swung in Sunderland’s favour in the space of three minutes early in the second half.

Firstly, Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez was sent off for lunging in on Danny Rose on 48 minutes before the in-form Fletcher put Sunderland in front by steering home Derry winger James McClean’s cross-shot.

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