Late goals help Man City, Chelsea win again; Liverpool beaten

Late goals were the order of the day on Saturday as Manchester City and Chelsea maintained their winning starts to the Premier League season.

City ran out convincing 4-1 winners at Stoke, with two late Nolito goals putting a gloss on the scoreline while Chelsea left it late to win 2-1 at Watford thanks to Diego Costa's late strike.

Tottenham also needed a late goal to get their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace but Liverpool suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Champions Leicester, beaten on day one, got off the mark with a point thanks to a 0-0 draw with last season's runners-up Arsenal in the day's late game.

Hull joined City, Chelsea and Manchester United on six points out of six with a 2-0 victory at Swansea while Everton won 2-1 at West Brom.

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero continued his sharp start to the season with two more goals as City eased to victory at Stoke.

Aguero opened the scoring with a penalty on 27 minutes after Ryan Shawcross pulled back Nicolas Otamendi and doubled the lead with a brilliant header eight minutes later.

Bojan pulled one back for Stoke from the spot after Shawcross was fouled by Raheem Sterling but substitute Nolito scored twice in the last 10 minutes to wrap up the win.

"I am a lucky guy because the quality of the players here is amazing," City manager Pep Guardiola said.

"They run and fight for each other, and today we played in one of the toughest places of the season.

"It was a pity we created a lot in the second half but the last pass was not correct. It's OK, we are going to improve. Our back four was very good but everyone was excellent."

Chelsea trailed 1-0 at Watford to Etienne Capoue's opener but new signing Michy Batshuayi equalized on 80 minutes and Diego Costa, for the second week in a row, grabbed a late winner.

"I'm pleased to see the reaction from my players and this win is very important for us as it gives everyone confidence," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.

"I think we showed a great intensity in the second half and we pushed them a lot."

Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez scored late goals as Hull won 2-0 at Swansea while Sam Vokes and Andre Gray gave Burnley a shock win over Liverpool despite having only 19 percent possession.

"When we gave away the first goal they defended for their lives," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. 

"Both of their strikers Andre Gray and Sam Vokes are really hard workers. 

"We had absolutely no luck and everybody needs to be more clinical.

"We have to accept it. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance. We have to say it was not enough today."

Riyad Mahrez almost won it for Leicester in the last minute but his shot was superbly saved by Petr Cech and Arsenal held out for a point as both sides got off the mark.

Victor Wanyama snatched the winner eight minutes from time as Tottenham saw off Crystal Palace 1-0 while Everton came from behind to win 2-1 at West Brom with Gareth Barry netting the winner.

West Ham play Bournemouth and Sunderland host Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Last update: Sat, 20/08/2016 - 20:39

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