From last-minute dramas, VAR controversies to spectacular comebacks and stunning goals, the 2019/20 English Premier League results and actions treated fans to top-notch entertainment and surprises. The games began on Saturday 17 August, featuring seven matches on the day. There were two games on Sunday while the last fixture of round two will go down on Monday night.
Defending champions Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Chelsea are among the top clubs that picked a point on the weekend. Last season’s runners-up Liverpool maintained their winning streak in the league, garnering six points in total. Arsenal, Norwich, Everton and AFC Bournemouth are other teams that walked away with victories in dramatic fashion.
Premier League results
What are the Premier League results for week two and which players made into the score sheet? We bring you full details of what transpired in the competition, including the updated table standings.
Arsenal and Liverpool grab three points
The first Premier League game of the weekend saw Arsenal take on Burnley with the Gunners condemning their opponents to a 2-1 defeat at Emirates stadium. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scores 13 minutes into the game putting the hosts ahead. Burnley would later equalize two minutes to half time through Ashley Barnes.
The Gunners enjoyed a larger share of possession as the visitors tightened their backline to stop most threats from their opponents. Patience finally paid off for Arsenal fans after striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s shot found its way to the back of the net in the 64th minute to restore the lead. The hosts eventually held on to record their second victory of the season.
Liverpool, who came close to winning the title last season produced another dominance performance away at Southampton with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Sadio Mane fired a powerful shot outside the box straight into the net shortly before the break to give Liverpool the lead. Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino made it two for the Reds in the 71st minute.
Southampton pulled one back through Danny Ings with seven minutes to stoppage time raising the temperatures in the stadium in anticipation of a possible comeback. It was too late for the home side to equalize as Liverpool recorded their second consecutive win.
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Victories for Everton and AFC Bournemouth
Other Premier League results that ended in victories saw Everton, AFC Bournemouth and newly promoted Norwich City claim the honours against their opponents. An early strike by Bernard in the 10th minute was enough to earn Everton a 1-0 victory over Watford at Goodison Park. At Villa Park, AFC Bournemouth carried the day with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Joshua King’s penalty in the 2nd minute and another strike by Harry Wilson 10 minutes later gave the visitors early advantage against the newly-promoted side. Aston Villa pulled one back through Douglas Luiz in the 71st minute, but that was not enough to earn them their first point in the league.
Teemu Pukki shines for newcomers Norwich in historic win
There was light in the dark tunnels for newly promoted sides Norwich and Sheffield United in the weekend matches. Both teams registered their first wins since joining the top tier league this season, and this could give them the much-needed motivation to achieve more. Norwich tormented and humiliated Premier League regulars Newcastle with a 3-1 triumph at Carrow Road.
Teemu Pukki produced a man of the match performance with a perfect hat-trick to earn his club a 3-1 win. His first goal came in the 32nd minute before doubling the lead in the 63rd minute. The Finnish striker completed his hat-trick 12 minutes later put the game beyond reach for the visitors who struggled to pull one back late at stoppage time through Jonjo Shelvey.
John Lundstram delivered the match-winning goal as Sheffield United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Bramall Lane. Lundstram scored three minutes into the second half from a rebound, handing Palace a shock in the league.
Drama at Etihad as Tottenham hold Man City
The biggest match of the weekend lived up to its expectations but left a section of fans with a bitter taste for the newly introduced Video Assistant Referee technology. Tottenham Hotspurs twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling headed Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the back of the net to give City the lead 20 minutes into the game. Spurs quickly hit back three minutes later with a calculated shot from Eric Lamela finding its rightful place in City’s net. Sergio Aguero restored Man City’s lead in the 35th minute with an excellent finish following another of De Bryune’s weighed cross.
The hosts enjoyed more possession as their tradition dictates but lost numerous chances to increase their goal tally. Spurs were sharp at the back and cleared all attempts aimed at their net. It took another special moment for Spurs to equalize as substitute Luca Moura headed in the second in his first touch of the game in the 56th minute, barely a minute after coming in. Pressure mounted on City who looked more desperate to win and creating more chances.
Another substitute, this time on Man City’s side, Gabriel Jesus, appeared to have given the reigning champions a stoppage-time winner with a curled shot that landed on Spurs’ net. The goal sparked wild celebrations in the stadium but was short-lived after the centre referee ruled it out for handball after consulting the VAR officials.
Man City fans and players were left reeling from the new handball rule enhanced by the latest technology that once again denied them a victory against Spurs. City faced a similar drama in last season’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash that ended in Tottenham’s favour.
Chelsea held at home by Leicester
Frank Lampard’s first home game in charge of Chelsea did not go well as planned after conceding to a spirited Leicester City and settling for a draw. The Blues took an early lead following Mason Mount’s strike just seven minutes in the game. Wilfred Ndidi’s powerful header in the 67th minute lifted the stadium with wild celebrations from the visiting fans. Both teams stood firm and were careful not to concede further, but rather share the points.
Another thrilling match saw Leandro Trossard’s quick equalizer in his Premier League debut earn Brighton & Hove Albion a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham United. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez had put West Ham ahead in the 61st minute but only lasted four minutes before the home team responded.
Manchester United travel to Wolverhampton for Monday night action
The last fixture of round two of Premier League will feature Wolverhampton Wanderers welcoming Man United on Monday at Molineux Stadium. Man United launched their league campaign with a resounding 4-0 victory over Chelsea. Wolverhampton held Leicester City to a stalemate at King Power Stadium in their week one game.
Wolves are unbeaten in their last home games in the Premier League, but will Man United break this record? Wolves also have a good record against big teams in England, having won six and lost four of their past 14 games against top six teams in the league.
Premier League standings
Following the week two Premier League results, Liverpool sits on top of the table with six points, same as Arsenal but with a two-goal advantage. Man City are third with four points and Brighton fourth with four points too.
Other teams with four points are AFC Bournemouth, newly promoted Sheffield United, and Everton. Aston Villa, Newcastle, Southampton and Watford are yet to register a single point in the league this season.
What do you think about the second-week Premier League results that took place over the weekend? Which game did you like most? Also, tell us the team you think will win this season’s league title.
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