BPL Recap: NYCFC’s Lampard scores on Chelsea, United fall to Leicester, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

The script writers certainly earned their keep at the Etihad Stadium.

With Manchester City down a goal and a man to Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini called on Chelsea legend and New York City F.C. loanee Frank Lampard. The English midfielder added to his mystique with an equalizing goal.

The Chelsea away support was chanting his name when he entered the pitch, shortly thereafter they went silent. Lampard’s volley in the 85th minute gave City a point and ended Chelsea’s perfect start to the season. When James Milner played the ball across the box, the NYCFC player made no mistake finding the back of the net. Showing respect to his former club, there was no celebration. In fact, it looked as if Lampard was stunned himself in a twist Hollywood would have been proud of.

The Blues themselves waited 71 minutes to break down the City backline. It came shortly after Pablo Zabaleta was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 65th minute.

The goal came through not Diego Costa, who finished his first scoreless game in the Premier League, but Andre Schurrle. A Chelsea counter was the undoing of City, with Costa picking out Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger played a low cross in and Schurrle was able to turn the ball in for what looked like it could be the winner.

Here are the match highlights:

Other Premier League Results

1. Lei-Stunner– Manchester United with a two goal advantage against a newly-promoted side. Who wouldn’t back them to get a victory?

Well, it all fell apart at the King Power Stadium for the Red Devils, who will be tormented by their loss to Leicester City.

After goals by Robin van PersieAngel Di Maria and Ander Herrera sandwiched between a 17th minute Leonardo Ulloa goal for the Foxes, it appeared it would be smooth sailing for the visitors.

However, the game turned on its head. Jaime Vardy was awarded a controversial penalty in the 62nd minute and David Nugent stepped up to convert the ensuing spot kick.

Two minutes later, Esteban Cambiasso found the back of the net after an assist from Vardy.

Vardy wasn’t finished ruining the Red Devils’ day. He scored a goal of his own 79th minute after being released with a ball over the top from Richie de Laet.

The misery was complete for Manchester United after Tyler Blackett was sent off for a foul on Vardy and Ulloa added his second of the game on a second penalty kick for the Foxes in the 83rd minute.

Here are the match highlights:

2. Liverpool Hammered– West Ham jumped out to an early lead against Liverpool and never looked back.

Winston Reid put the Hammers ahead in the second minute of the game. Stewart Downing‘s free-kick was headed back across the face of goal by James Tomkins and Reid put his header into the empty net after a slight deflection off a Liverpool player.

Five minutes later, the lead was doubled. Diafra Sakho chipped Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. It looked as if Sakho was floating a ball to an unmarked Enner Valencia at the back post, but instead found a goal.

Raheem Sterling clawed one back in fie fashion with a smashing effort from the edge of the 18-yard box after a Mario Balotelli shot was blocked.

West Ham eventually sealed all three points two minutes in regular time after Downing’s incisive pass picked out Morgan Amalfitano to slot home.

3. Three for just over three minutes– Arsenal were looking off a lackluster performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during midweek and they did their damage in just over three minutes in the first half.

Aston Villa, who have made a great start to the season, fell apart in a short span to sink any chance at points against the Gunners.

Mesut Ozil, who had come under fire recently from Arsenal supporters for his performances, respond in a big way. He gave the Gunners the lead in the 32nd minute after a Danny Welbeck through ball split the Villa defense. Ozil then repaid the favor playing a wonderful cross from the left side for Welbeck to finish off for his first Arsenal goal.

In an another instant, the lead was 3-0. Kieran Gibbs whipped in a low cross lurking to pick out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the back post. Instead, Aly Cissokho was able to cut it out and tried to poke the ball out of play for a corner. Instead he turned it into his own net.

4. Looking Crystal– It was a rough day for American World Cup hero Tim Howard as he was at fault for two Crystal Palace goals.

Romelu Lukaku gave the Toffees a lead in the ninth minute, but the wheels fell off from there.

Howard brought down James McArthur in the 29th minute and Mile Jedinak converted from the spot. The Everton keeper then challenged a ball in the 54th minute from a Martin Kelly cross, but was beaten to it by Frazier Campbell to finish.

Yannick Bolasie added a third in the 69th minute to take all three points at Goodison Park, despite a small fight back through an 83rd minute converted penalty by Leighton Baines.

5. A pair of 1-0s-Both West Bromwich Albion and Southampton were able to secure all three points with 1-0 wins.

The Baggies were the more surprising win, beating Tottenham. The goal came in the 74th minute to stun the White Hart Lane crowd. Chris Brunt played in the corner kick and James Morrison headed in unmarked at the far post. It was the Baggies’ first win of the season.

After Swansea’s hot start to the Premier League, they’ve now dropped two games in a row. Meanwhile, Southampton keeps on rolling. They are now up to second in the table. Wilfried Bony was sent off in the 39th minute for two yellow cards. The Saints finally took advantage of the extra man in the 80th minute. Graziano Pelle slipped a ball through to Victor Wanayama, who showed his strength before firing past Lukasz Fabianski to get an important win on the road.

6. And a pair of 2-2s– Newcastle — and more importantly Alan Pardew — needed a lift. They got it in the form of Papiss Cisse who scored twice to help the Magpies to a draw.

Cisse first beat Allan McGregor at the near post in the 73rd minute and then added his second three minutes from the end of regular time.

Nikica Jelavic gave Hull the lead in stunning fashion in the 48th minute. His acrobatic effort beat Tim Krul. The Tigers had a two-goal advantage with another fine goal. Mohamed Diame struck a fantastic shot from distance in the 69th minute.

Queens Park Rangers were able to salvage a point at home against Stoke City thanks to a Niko Kranjcar free-kick.

In the 88th minute, Kranjcar curled a brilliant dead ball effort into the top corner. Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could only watch as the ball hit the back of the net to give both teams a share of the points.

Mame Biran Diouf gave the Potters the lead in the 11th minute. Victor Moses whipped in a cross that Peter Crouch to nod with his head and then Diouf scored with a header of his own. However, Steven Caulker equalized just before half time. From Jordan Mutch‘s corner, Caulker won a header at the back post and Crouch clearance ended up in the back of the net.

Crouch made amends scoring in the 51st minute. Again, Moses was involved in a goal for Stoke. It was his low cross into the box that Crouch turned into the back of the net with his first touch.

7. Goalless in Turf Moor– Burnley looked the better of the two sides against Sunderland, but were unable to find a winner.

Burnley nearly found the lone goal that would decide the game in the 86th minute. However, Ashely Barnes‘s looping effort came off the cross bar. The club is still without its first win of the year.

For the Black Cats, Jozy Altidore came on in the 67th minute, but couldn’t help lift Sunderland to a victory.

Both clubs have struggled to find points this season as Burnley has only taking three points so far, while Sunderland have four.

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