Man City comeback, Liverpool’s 9-0 win, light up Premier League weekend
By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor
Manchester City pulled an extraordinary fightback against Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium to comeback from 2 goals down to seal a 4-2 win at regular time.
In the spotlight for Pep Guardiola was newbie Erling Haaland who was stunning to record his first hattrick for the club in the second half.
Crystal Palace got an early lead when Manchester City defender John Stone conceded a 4-minute own goal.
Surprisingly, the Eagles doubled their lead against last season’s Premier League champions when Joachim Andersen slotted in an assist from English-Nigerian Eberechi Eze in the 21st minute.
However, City in the second half, became more aggressive, dominating the play to get the first goal from Bernardo Silva which heralded the end for coach Patrick Vieira’s team and the crack of the flood of goals for the Norwegian.
Still trailing behind by a goal difference, Haaland responded squarely to tally the scoreline for City and kept his eagle eyes open to capitalise on rare opportunities.
With much alacrity, the striker turned the game around with a 70th and 81st-minute goals to hand City a comfortable 4-2 win.
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At Anfield, Liverpool shrugged off a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Monday at Old Trafford to demolish Bournemouth 9-0 in an impressive win.
Luis Diaz, who netted the opener in the first 3 minutes, got his brace in the 81 minutes after Roberto Firmino had netted the first double.
This victory comes as a huge relief to coach Jurgen Klopp, who was yet to win a game following the series of injuries that have affected his midfielders.
Other results saw Tottenham win at Nottingham Forest 2-0, West Ham defeat Aston Villa 1-0, Wolverhampton play a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, Chelsea win Leicester 2-1 in Stamford Bridge, Brighton beat Leads 1-0, Brentford played a 1-1 draw against Everton and Arsenal maintained its impressive form to defeat Fulham 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, coach Erik ten Hag seems to be getting things right at Manchester United having secured his second Premier League win at Saint Mary’s Stadium against Southampton.
Bruno Fernandes, in the second half, handed United a 1-0 victory through an assist provided by Diogo Dalot in the 55th minute.
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