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Barclay’s Premier League: Matchday 1

One of the best leagues in the world and one of the most competitive has renewed itself, 38 matchdays, 20 teams, one goal, the Barclay’s Premier League. The current holder is Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, who finished with 87 points, 8 more than Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City who finished with 79.

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham

What a kick off to the league, Louis Van Gaal’s renovated Manchester United started off at Old Trafford with a suffered victory 1-0 over Tottenham. Van Gaal had in his starting XI, 4 of his 5 summer signings (Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero). Surprisingly, the spanish goalkeeper David De Gea had to see the match from the stands. The match was settled after 22 minutes of the first half, a cross from Ashley Young was pushed by Tottenham right back Kyle Walker into his own net, this was enough for the ‘Red Devils’ to begin with 3 points.

Chelsea 2-2 Swansea City

The current champion of England made it’s presentation receiving at Stamford Bridge Swansea City, who drew 2-2. The ‘Blues’ suffered during great part of the match. Chelsea took the lead after 23 minutes when a beautiful team play ended in a goal by Oscar. Only 5 minutes later, Swansea would score the equalizer off Andre Ayew, only a minute later would Chelsea regain the lead, a cross by Willian ended in an autogol by Argentinian centre back Federico Fernandez. In the second half, Swansea was looking for their second equalizer of the match and they obtained it, Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tackled Bafetimbis Gomis in a one on one, Gomis would take the penalty and would not miss the opportunity. Summer signing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had a outstanding performance and avoided the loss for the current champion.  

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United

A week after defeating Chelsea in the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal started off with a loss 0-2 at home in the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal hardly had a chance in the first half, the clearest chance they had was after 32 minutes, when Arron Ramsey had a shot that hit the crossbar after a deflection by a defender. West Ham however, did take advantages of their chances, a cross from Frenchman Dimitri Payet to Cheikou Kouyate was perfect and the striker for Senegal capitalized for the lead. In the second half, Argentinian Mauro Zarate hit a strike from outside the box and made it 0-2.

West Bromwich 0-3 Manchester City

The first matchday of the Barclay’s Premier League ended in a thrash by Manchester City, who defeated West Bromwich 0-3 and is leader. Before 10 minutes, Jesus Navas was very active on the right side and handed a back heel pass to Yaya Toure who took a shot and made it 0-1. 15 minutes later, a team play commanded by the Ivorian, ended in his brace of the game, after a touch with Wilfried Bony he asked for the ball and took a shot from outside the box and made it 0-2. In the 2nd half, David Silva took a corner kick and Vincent Kompany was there to head it and make it 0-3.  

OTHER RESULTS:

AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa (Gestede 72′)

Norwich City 1-3 Crystal Palace (NOR: Redmond 69’|CRY: Zaha 39′ Delaney 49′ Cabaye 90′)

Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland (LEI: Vardy 11′ Mahrez 18′ 25′ PEN Albrighton 66’| SUN: Defoe 60′ Fletcher 71′)

Everton 2-2 Watford (EVE: Barkley 76′ Kone 86’| WAT: Layun 13′ Ighalo 83′)

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton (NEW: Cisse 42′ Wijnaldum 48’| SOU: Pelle 24′ Long 79′)

Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool (Coutinho 86′)

After Matchday 1, this is how the table looks:

 

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