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Champions beat the Cherries, as Magpies cause a shock at Spurs

Champions beat the Cherries, as Magpies cause a shock at Spurs
Champions beat the Cherries, as Magpies cause a shock at Spurs August 26, 2019 August 26, 2019 David Nugent
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The three Premier League games on Saturday produced wins for Manchester City and Newcastle, while Burnley held Wolves at Molineux. Here is what happened in those top-flight clashes:

Aguero double downs the Cherries

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City recorded a 3-1 win at Bournemouth, with Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero grabbing a brace for Pep Guardiola’s team.

City took just 14 minutes to take the lead at the Vitality Stadium. Kevin de Bruyne miss-hit an Oleksandr Zinchenko into the patch of Sergio Aguero who in typical fashion produced a calm finish. The Citizens doubled their lead on 43 minutes. Raheem Sterling on the end of a David Silva through ball and fired a powerful effort beyond Cherries goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

However, the Cherries pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage-time, as substitute Harry Wilson curled a sublime free-kick past Ederson to half the visitor’s advantage after Aymeric Laporte had fouled Callum Wilson 25 yards from goal.

Ederson produced some decent saves before Guardiola’s side sealed victory on 64 minutes. Good play from Spanish midfielder David Silva eventually saw the ball fall for Sergio Aguero and the Argentinian international smashed an effort past the helpless Ramsdale.

The victory means that City have now won their last nine away games in the Premier League. The win took City up to second place in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Liverpool. The reigning champions are still favourites to win the Premier League title.

Bournemouth are one of the ten top-flight teams to have picked up four points from their opening three league games. Eddie Howe’s team will be hoping for a more consistent campaign than last season.

Newcastle shock Tottenham

Newcastle headed into Sunday’s visit to Tottenham on the back of defeats in their opening two Premier League matches. However, Steve Bruce’s side put that poor form to one side to beat the team from north London 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team controlled possession in the early exchanges of the matches. However, they lack a cutting edge. The Magpies decided to get men behind the ball and hit the home side on the break.

The visitors did have such a break, that forced Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into a fingertip save from Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu were up in support in a one v three.

Newcastle took the lead on 27 minutes from another break. Ritchie played a ball over the top of the Spurs defence between Davinson Sanchez and Danny Rose to Joelinton who kept his cool to fire home from 12 yards out.

Tottenham reacted to the goal through a Heung-Min Son effort that forced Martin Dubravka to parry away. The home side saw a very valid penalty claim turned away with just 12 minutes left on the clock.

Jamaal Lascelles tripped over and brought down Spurs striker Harry Kane in the penalty area. However, referee Mike Dean waved play on, while VAR agreed with the referee’s decision. The decision may be one of the biggest so far this season that has been subjective.

Spurs continued to press for a vital equaliser. Brazilian attacking midfielder Lucas Moura somehow managed to fire over from a Moussa Sissoko cross, despite seemingly having an age to score. Kane also failed to connect with a Sissoko cross from eight yards out.

In the end, Tottenham just had no way past a stubborn Newcastle defence. The defeat leaves Spurs as of the plethora of teams to have won four points so far this season. The win was not enough to move the Magpies up from 19th in the table. However, it will restore some confidence in boss Steve Bruce.

Sunday’s other result

Wolves 1-1 Burnley

Will the win at Tottenham resurrect Newcastle’s season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.