THE first Premier League game staged at the centerpiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama Sunday, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth.
Track-and-field stars like Usain Bolt and David Rudisha produced some amazing memories at the Olympic Stadium – now known simply as London Stadium – four years ago, but this match was forgettable until a flurry of incidents in the latter stages.
Bournemouth was left a man short by Harry Arter’s sending-off in the 77th, and West Ham took advantage when winger Michail Antonio met an inviting left-wing cross by Gokhan Tore with a header at the far post.
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“I did say to him two minutes before the goal, ‘Go and be a hero,”’ West Ham captain Mark Noble said about Antonio. “He went, and was one.”
West Ham then needed a reaction save from goalkeeper Adrian followed by a clearance from near the goal-line to preserve its first league win at the team’s new home. Having waved an emotional goodbye to Upton Park last season after 112 years there, West Ham is in the first year of the club’s tenancy at the London Stadium and will take time to get used to the new surroundings.
Decimated by injuries to many of its key players, including Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and new record signing Andre Ayew, West Ham also had to cope with a tough week that saw them play Chelsea on Monday – losing 2-1 to a late goal – and then travel to Romania for a Europa League qualifier on Thursday. The threadbare squad returned to London in the early hours of Friday. “It wasn’t a great game of football,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We didn’t expect to play like Brazil.” Bournemouth has lost both of its games in the league so far, having opened with a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United.
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Sunderland, and its new manager David Moyes, is also looking for its first point after a 2-1 loss to northeast rival Middlesbrough in the other game Sunday.
Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani scored both of Middlesbrough’s first-half goals, the first a 25-meter screamer into the top corner in the 13th before finishing off a flowing team move in the 45th. Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back in the 71st for Sunderland.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2, SOUTHAMPTON 0
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday, with the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba making his second Premier League debut for the home side.
Ibrahimovic, playing his first home game for United, opened the scoring in the 36th minute when he leapt above Jose Fonte to firmly head in a cross by Wayne Rooney.
The 34-year-old Swede added a second from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after substitute Jordy Clasie fouled Luke Shaw as he drove into the box, guaranteeing victory for manager Jose Mourinho on his Old Trafford debut.
Pogba demonstrated his class with a dynamic midfield display, dribbling with power and combining well with Ibrahimovic and Rooney.
STOKE CITY 1, MANCHESTER CITY 4
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Sergio Aguero rediscovered his accuracy from the penalty spot in scoring one of his two goals for Manchester City in a 4-1 win at Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Argentina striker failed to score from two penalties in a Champions League playoff match on Tuesday, but converted a 27th-minute effort to set City on its way to a second straight league victory to open the season.
Aguero then headed in a whipped free kick by Kevin De Bruyne in the 36th for 2-0, making it six goals in the season already for City’s star striker.
Bojan Krkic pulled a goal back for Stoke from the penalty spot in the 49th, and City fought to preserve its lead in the second half playing against the wind before substitute Nolito scored two late tap-ins.
LEICESTER 0, ARSENAL 0
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Premier League champions Leicester City and last season’s runners-up Arsenal remain without a win this season after a slow-burning 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Beaten 2-1 at promoted Hull City last weekend, Leicester avoided the ignominy of becoming the first English champions to lose their first two games since Aston Villa in 1981.
But Claudio Ranieri’s side were frustrated by two unsuccessful penalty shouts — one in each half — and also lost full debutant Nampalys Mendy to an apparent ankle injury.
Arsenal looked far more robust than the team beaten 4-3 by Liverpool a week ago and were able to welcome back Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud from their post-Euro 2016 breaks.
But with the season only two games old, both Arsene Wenger’s men and Leicester are already five points off the pace set by Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Hull.
WATFORD 1, CHELSEA 2
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Diego Costa scored a late winner for the second time this week as Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 Saturday and complete back-to-back Premier League victories under new coach Antonio Conte.
Costa clinched three points in the 87th minute after running onto a through-ball from Cesc Fabregas and shooting past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Gomes was partially at fault for Chelsea’s equalizer in the 80th, failing to hold Eden Hazard’s long-range shot and allowing Michy Batshuayi – one of Chelsea’s two offseason signings – to score from the rebound.
Costa’s winning goal against West Ham on Monday came in the 89th.
Watford looked on course for its first Premier League win over Chelsea since 1999 when Etienne Capoue smashed a left-footed shot into the top corner in the 55th.
BURNLEY 2, LIVERPOOL 0
Liverpool’s defensive shortcomings were exposed in a 2-0 loss at promoted Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, puncturing the optimism generated from the team’s opening-weekend win at Arsenal.
Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead with a shot from the edge of the area in the second minute, having been set up by Andre Gray after Liverpool right back Nathaniel Clyne gave the ball away.
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Gray turned scorer in the 37th when he finished off a length-of-the-field break by Burnley sparked by Daniel Sturridge getting dispossessed, which allowed new signing Steven Defour to break forward.
Inconsistency and defensive weakness were Liverpool’s biggest problems last season under Juergen Klopp and the same trait has returned early in this campaign. Last weekend, Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3.
SWANSEA 0, HULL 2
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Two late goals gave Hull an unexpected 2-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday in the English Premier League.
Hull spent much of the match inside its own half before substitute Shaun Maloney was able to force the ball over the line in the 79th minute.
The visitors doubled their lead in second-half stoppage time with Abel Hernandez sealing the points for his side.
It could have been an even more convincing result for Hull, as it appeared to have a clear penalty turned down in the first half at Liberty Stadium.
WEST BROM 1, EVERTON 2
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Gareth Barry was the unlikely match-winner as Everton came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
On a day when Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie made their debuts for Everton, defensive midfielder Barry scored his first goal since 2014 when he headed home in the 60th.
Gareth McAuley capitalized on a mistake by Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to head West Brom ahead in the ninth minute. Everton struck back with a lovely team goal that was finished off by Kevin Mirallas in first-half stoppage time.
It was Everton’s first win under new manager Ronald Koeman, after a 1-1 draw against Tottenham last weekend. It’s been a good couple of days for Koeman, who revealed that star striker Romelu Lukaku has said he wants to stay at Everton following speculation he was ready to leave.
“It is true. He spoke to me yesterday morning to say that he made the decision by himself to stay at least one more season at Everton and that is great news for everybody,” Koeman said after Lukaku came off the bench to help inspire victory at the Hawthorns.
Asked if Lukaku might sign a new contract, Koeman added: “Yes that is possible.”
Williams and Bolasie came on as second-half substitutes.
TOTTENHAM 1, CRYSTAL PALACE 0
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Victor Wanyama grabbed a late goal, his first for the club, to earn Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 Premier League victory over London rivals Crystal Palace.
Spurs dominated the first half on Saturday but Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made three fine saves to keep the visitors in the game.
Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye missed a good chance on the hour, blazing a shot wastefully over the bar after being teed up by Spurs old boy Andros Townsend.
Spurs striker Vincent Janssen also spurned an excellent opportunity when he shot wide after being sent clear by a fine pass from substitute Dele Alli but Wanyama headed in from close range following a corner to seal the points seven minutes from time.