A couple of monstrous matches headlined the English Premier League 2021/22 Matchday 3, with both producing mixed results.
Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal
In the big opening contest, defending champions Manchester City was up against Arsenal at home. While the champs were the favourites going ahead, it turned out to be utter one-sided destruction, with the hosts hammering five past the visitor, thanks to goals from Ilkay Gündogan (7), Ferran Torres (12 and 84), Gabriel Jesus (43) and Rodri (53). Furthermore, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka was shown a red card in the 35th minute, making things easier for City.
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Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City
Leicester was up against Norwich away from home. Although the visitors were undoubtedly the favourite, the hosts displayed tremendous resilience, making Brendan Rogers and co toil for the win. While Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the Foxes in the eighth, Teemu Pukki levelled it with a penalty. Nevertheless, Marc Albrighton scored the winner in the 76th to see Leicester off.
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
In the second blockbuster clash of the day, Liverpool hosted the European champion, Chelsea. It was expected to be a close encounter, and no one was the clear favourite here. Kai Havertz put the Blues ahead in the 22nd minute. However, a red card to Reece James at the stroke of half-time derailed its momentum. Courtesy of the resulting penalty, Mohamed Salah drew level to keep the deadlock at half-time. In the second half, Chelsea showed remarkable resilience and composure with its defence, not allowing The Reds to penetrate and eventually keep it levelled and settle for a draw.
Newcastle United 2-2 Southampton
Brighton 0-2 Everton
West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford
Burnley 1-1 Leeds United
Tottenham 1-0 Watford
Wolves 0-1 Manchester United