BPL Recap, Highlights: Jagielka strike stuns Anfield, The Ox secures point for Arsenal, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Liverpool were moments away from getting a victory in the Merseyside Derby. Instead, they had to share a point with Everton.

Phil Jagielka‘s stunning half-volley in second half stoppage time enabled the Toffees to leave Anfield with a point.  His strike from the top of the box swerved past Simon Mignolet, who really had no chance.

Liverpool had the lead through a fine goal of their own. Leighton Baines fouled Mario Balotelli from 25 yards out and Steven Gerrard did what he has done many times before — stepped up to the free-kick and sent a brilliant curling effort past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The Reds quite possibly should have finished the game with all three points and may feel hard done by to draw from an unlikely, yet spectacular goal.

It’s been a tough start to the season for both Merseyside clubs. Liverpool sit one place and point above Everton with seven points from the first six games.

Other Premier League Results

1. North London Derby even– An injury hit Arsenal side were able to get a draw against North London rivals, Tottenham.

Both Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey were forced to leave in the first half, but the Gunners were able to find a late goal to equalize.

Tottenham took the lead in the 56th minute. Mathieu Flamini, who was Arteta’s replacement, held on to the ball too long and was dispossessed by Christian Eriksen. He played the ball to Erik Lamela, who slotted Nacer Chadli in on goal. Chadli’s low shot to the far corner beat Wojciech Szczesny for the opener.

Arsenal lifted their attacking intent in the second half and found a deserved equalizer. Flamini made amends by playing a cross into the box. Danny Welbeck failed to get anything on the ball with a swing of his leg and the ball went through his legs and fell to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He then passed the ball into the top corner to give both sides a share of the points.

2. City win as Lampard scores again– Manchester City dropped a two goal lead against Hull City, but were able to storm back for the victory. Second half goals by Edin Dzeko and Frank Lampard lifted them to the win.

After just 11 minutes, Man City found themselves two goals to the good. Sergio Aguero tallied in the seventh minute. James Milner‘s cross wasn’t dealt with adequately by Hull and Pablo Zabaleta headed the ball towards Aguero to finish off. Dzeko then hit a 20-yard curling effort four minutes later to double the lead.

However, the wheels came off a bit for Man City. After an own goal from defender Eliaquim Mangala, the Tigers equalized through a 32nd minute penalty kick. Mangala was the culprit for the mistake again after he hauled down Abel Hernandez , who scored the subsequent spot kick.

Dzeko netted his second of the game in the 68th minute, slotting the ball past a diving Allan McGregor. Lampard continued his scoring run with another goal in a Citizens’ shirt in the 87th minute to seal the win.

Hull are without a win since their opening game, while it was the first win in four games for Man City.

3. Three more  for Chelsea– Chelsea’s start to the Premier League has been fantastic. They added three goals against Aston Villa and three more points to stay atop the table.

It took just seven minutes to go ahead. Willian‘s initial effort was saved by Brad Guzan, but the ball fell kindly to him. He played the ball into Oscar, who slotted home.

Then Diego Costa netted once more for the Blues for his eighth goal in six games. He headed past Guzan in the 59th minute from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross.

The Blues than added another for good measure to beat Villa by the same scoreline Arsenal did a weekend ago. Willian finished off a rebound from a Costa in the 79th minute.

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4. Saints keep marching on– Southampton were expected to be relegation fodder. However, they have looked anything, but to start the season. They remain in second place in the early goings.

Ryan Bertrand scored in the 54th minute to put the Saints ahead. Saido Mane‘s back-heel found Bertrand and his shot snuck under QPR goalkeeper Robert Green.

The R’s would find an equalizer in the 66th minute after Charlie Austin‘s volley found the back of the net.

However, the even scoreline only lasted a few minutes with Graziano Pelle stealing the show with a volley of his own. In the 68th minute, Pelle flicked the ball up to himself and sent in an audacious overheard effort into the back of the net.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAAFDl4S_eo

Southampton possibly should have added another to ease their victory, but they will certainly be happy with the result. QPR, however, will be unhappy as they are struggling at the other end of the table.

5. Red Devils hang onWayne Rooney saw a red card, but the Red Devils were still able to hang on for a 2-1 win.

It looked as if Rooney’s reckless challenge would cost Manchester United, but Kevin Nolan‘s equalizer was rightfully ruled off for offside in the 89th minute.

Rooney did put United in front in the fifth minute after a half-volley to the top corner to beast West Ham goalkeeper Adrian. It took some good play from right back Rafael, who played a a lovely cross that sat up well off a bounce for Rooney to strike. It put the Englishman to the third highest goal-scoring tally in the Premier League.

Robin van Persie scored a milestone goal of his own with his 50th in a United shirt. After a pass from Radamel Falcao, he created space for himself and sent a low shot to the far post to give United a two goal advantage.

The Hammers pulled one back in the 36th minute through Diafra Sakho. After a West Ham corner, David De Gea failed to adequately deal with it and Alex Song headed the ball off the cross bar. It fell kindly to Sakho, who nodded home.

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6. Two in a row for Palace– Leicester City were brimming with confidence after a 5-3 win over Manchester United a weekend ago, but Crystal Palace knocked them down a peg with a 2-0 victory.

Palace were looking in trouble when Tony Pulis resigned just before the season, but have played well since Neil Warnock has taken over as manager .

It was two goals in three minutes that sealed the victory for the Eagles. Frazier Campbell deflected the ball past the line in the 51st minute after Scott Dann‘s header from Jason Puncheon‘s corner. The lead was doubled shortly after as Puncheon was heavily involved once more. It was his free-kick that was headed in by Mile Jedinak.

With the loss Leicester will still like their standing currently in the table as both sides have taken eight points in the first six games.

7. Burnley beat down– At the Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion won emphatically behind Saido Berahino‘s brace.

He scored in first half stoppage time heading in at the back post. Graham Dorrans flicked on James Morrison‘s corner and Berahino was free to head in into the back of the net. He added his second in the 56th minute. Dorrans added a second assist after slipping Berahino through with a through ball as he finished from 15 yards out.

The Baggies had the lead after Craig Dawson headed in from a Chris Brunt corner that floated to the back post in the 30th minute.

Dorrans completed a great individual performance with a goal of his own in the game’s final minute. After some great play by Christian Gamboa, he picked out Dorrans to make it a 4-0 win for the Baggies.

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8. Swansea keeps dropping points– After winning their first three games, Swansea has yet to win since with losses and a draw. Against lowly Sunderland they were held scoreless in a game they were eventually reduced to 10 men.

For the Black Cats, it was a familiar story. It’s their fifth draw in six games as they are still searching for their first win. Sunderland had the best attacking moments, particularly from Connor Wickham with 16 minutes remaining. However, he headed over the bar from close-range after a Sebastian Larsson cross.

Both sides will hope for a more productive weekend in the next game.

9. Stoke City v Newcastle– The Monday game will feature a Newcastle side in dire need of a win. If not, Alan Pardew could soon find himself without a job.

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