Thursday, December 2, 2021

Round Feast for Fans as Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool Win in EPL

The return of a near-capacity crowd on the first Saturday of the English Premier League season produced a smattering of goals and a slew of home victories.

Old Trafford fans especially enjoyed it.

More than 72,000 spectators – Britain’s biggest football crowd since the pandemic – saw Bruno Fernandes’ hat-trick and Paul Pogba’s four assists help Manchester United beat fierce rivals Leeds 5-1, a statement of a team’s intention Whose last record 20 top-flight titles came in 2013.

It was the highest-scoring encounter in a day, scoring 25 goals in seven matches, averaging 3.57—much higher than a typical season’s average. Fan attendance may also have contributed to the five home wins, an immediate swing from the previous season when there were more wins (40 percent compared to 38 percent for home teams).

Chelsea, European champions and big title contenders like United, flexed their early-season muscles in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, which could have been overwhelming in front of nearly 39,000 fans.

Liverpool were the other expected title challenger to start their league campaign and Mohamed Salah scored two goals before scoring himself—the fifth straight season he netted in the opening round—in a 3–0 win at promoted Norwich.

There were also victories for promoted teams Watford and Everton, who beat Aston Villa 3–2 and Southampton 3–1 respectively, and Leicester, who beat Wolverhampton 1–0 thanks to a goal from 34-year-old striker Jamie Vardy.

Apart from Liverpool, the only winner was Brighton, who came from behind to beat Burnley 2–1 at Turf Moor.

The British government lifted social-distancing measures on 19 July, paving the way for clubs to close fans almost entirely last season and return after the end of the 2019-20 season. Capabilities are not at their maximum, however, with limited access around players and officials in certain areas of stadiums.

Defending champions Manchester City begin their title defense at Tottenham on Sunday.

Fernandes hat-trick

On a day when Jadon Sancho made his debut for Man United off the bench and Rafael Verne was touted as the club’s second major signing, a packed crowd at Old Trafford was treated to a midfield clinic by two of United’s most high-profile players. was treated in

Pogba has again been linked with a move away from United during the off-season, but he was laughing and joking after the final whistle after he managed the entire 2020-21 campaign after collecting more assists in one game. Was. Fernandes was the beneficiary with his first hat-trick in English football—and this time no goal came from the penalty spot.

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Fernandes ran on Pogba’s clipped pass for United’s 30th minute opener and Luke Ayling equalized for Leeds with a long-range strike in the 49th minute, Pogba played for an angled shot at Mason Greenwood that hit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Gained an edge in favor.

Fernandes ran for another ball before going inside through and driving a low effort from Pogba, who went over the line before being cleared by Ayling.

Fernandes completed his hat-trick by running over a long pass by Victor Lindelof and a rifle shot high into the net, before Pogba provided four assists for the match by providing a home cross to Fred in the 68th.

Chelsea Cruises

Chelsea are looking to win the Champions League title along with capturing another Premier League trophy and the team did not need new signing Romelu Lukaku to dominate Palace.

Defenders Marcos Alonso and Trevoh Chaloba – with his first goal for Chelsea in his Premier League debut – scored on either side of a close-range strike by US forward Christian Pulisic in a dominant performance by Thomas Tuchel’s team.

The victory came three days after Chelsea won the UEFA Super Cup by defeating Villarreal in a penalty shootout.

It was a dire consequence for Palace’s newly hired manager, former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, taking charge of the competitive game in English soccer for the first time.

Salah streak

Mohamed Salah just loves the first round of the Premier League season.

The Egyptian forward scored two goals and made himself in the opening round of the season for the fifth consecutive year, the first player to do so.

Diogo Jota and his replacement in the 61st minute, Roberto Firmino, scored from Salah, before the latter made a shot high into the net for a record-breaking strike.

Virgil van Dijk completed 90 minutes in his first competitive match in 10 months following an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

by Steve Douglas

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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