Premier League 2018/19: Sunday Round-up – Liverpool, Manchester Take Honours
The first week of the 2018/19 season of English Premier League came to an end on Sunday. And it is safe to say the opening week did not spring any big surprise.
The likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur started their campaigns on an expected note.
So without further ado, we take a look at the games that took place on Sunday:
Southampton 0 – 0 Burnley:
Southampton and Burnley started their Premier League season with a goalless stalemate at St Mary’s. Burnley controlled the proceedings early on despite only returning from Turkey on Friday following Thursday’s 0-0 Europa League draw against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Southampton goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy denied Aaron Lennon early on before keeping out Jeff Hendrick’s low first-half header.
But the hosts came back into the game when new signings Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi got introduced to the action.
However, neither of the teams managed to break the deadlock before the referee blew the whistle.
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United:
Liverpool proved their title-credentials by dismantling West Ham United in their English Premier League-opener at Anfield on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge were all on target, as the Reds thrashed the Hammers 4-0.
Salah’s early goal set Liverpool on their way to their biggest opening home league win since 1932. The Egypt star tapped in a 19th-minute opener from Andy Robertson’s cross to give the home side a deserving lead.
Liverpool kept on dominating the proceedings and doubled their advantage when Sadio Mane turned in James Milner’s cut-back after being left unmarked six yards from goal at towards the end of the first half.
The Senegalese forward added his second and Liverpool’s third goal in the second period to put the game to the bed. Sturridge then put the icing on the cake by scoring the fourth in the dying minutes.
Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City:
Defending champions Manchester City began their title-defence in style, beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.
Arsenal’s first competitive game without Arsene Wenger in Premier League since 1996 and first under Unai Emery’s showed the Gunners have their task cut-out if they are looking to make progress under a new manager.
The visitors took the lead through Raheem Sterling in the 14th minute when he got the ball on the corner of the box, cut beyond two players and found the back of the net from 20 yards.
Riyad Mahrez went close to scoring on his league debut for City, but Petr Cech saved his free-kick. Arsenal, on the other hand, had few clear-cut chances. Pep Guardiola’s men went on to kill the game just after the hour mark when Benjamin Mendy pulled the ball back for Bernardo Silva to blast in a second.
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