BPL Recap: Falcao gives Manchester United win with first goal for club, Chelsea, Costa continue strong form, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Manchester United has now won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time under Louis van Gaal. More positive signs for the Red Devils is that Radamel Falcao got off the mark, securing the winner as well.

Falcao turned in a Angel Di Maria long-range shot that was drifting wide to give the Red Devils the victory. He stabbed his right foot at the ball to score on Tim Howard at the near post.

Di Maria put United in front with a right-footed strike just inside the box in the 27th minute. Juan Mata laid the ball into Di Maria’s path and the Argentine’s first time strike beat Howard.

After a poor tackle by Luke Shaw resulted in a penalty kick, Leighton Baines stepped up to take it. He would have been backed to make it, but David De Gea made a save, which was the first time a Baines penalty was saved in the Premier League.

However, Baines made up for it with a wonderful cross that picked out Steven Naismith with a header at the back post in the 55th minute.

Other Premier League Results

1. Costa on target once more for ChelseaArsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho had a physical altercation on the touchline in a well-contested game. However as it’s happened many times before, Mourinho and his Chelsea side got the better of the Gunners.

Laurent Koscielny brought down Eden Hazard, who troubled Arsenal all game long, in the penalty box. Hazard stepped up to take the penalty and gave the Blues the lead in the 27th minute.

With the Gunners pressing for a winner, they were caught over the op with a fine ball from former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. In sparkling form to being the season, Diego Costa continued it, latching onto Fabregas’ ball to score his ninth goal of the season.

Chelsea remain unbeaten through seven games, while the Gunners see their unbeaten streak come to an end.

2. Liverpool win over West Brom– Liverpool scored in either half to take all three points against West Bromwich Albion.

Jordan Henderson scored in the 61st minute to lift the Reds to victory. Much of the credit has to go to Raheem Sterling, who could have easily went down and stayed down after being bundled in the box. Instead he popped up and picked out Henderson to score the winner.

The Baggies had equalized Adam Lallana‘s first Liverpool goal in controversial fashion. Dejan Lovren was deemed to have fouled Saido Berahino in the box, but the foul occurred outside the box. Berahino then stepped up to take the spot kick and wrong footed Simon Mignolet to score.

Lallana showed some lovely work on the ball before finding Henderson and received the return pass to slot home on the stroke of halftime.

3. Spurs top Saints– Southampton had won four in a row, but Spurs slowed down the Saints.

A first half Christian Eriksen goal was enough to Tottenham to record a victory.

It was lovely build up play from Spurs that was finished off in fine fashion in the 40th minute. Nacer Chadli laid the ball off and Eriksen made no mistake with his shot from 20 yards out to beat Fraser Forster to his right.

It was Tottenham’s first win in five games.

4. Black Cats find goals for first win– Sunderland had yet to win to start the season, but found all three points against Stoke City. They scored three times to secure the victory.

Steven Fletcher found the back of the for his first and second goals of the season.

After Victor Moses leveled the score at 1-1, Fletcher scored in either half to give Sunderland all three points. The first came in the 23rd minute heading home Jordi Gomez‘s cross. Connor Wickham showcased fantastic individual skills before the ball was mis-kicked by Jack Rodwell and fell to Fletcher to score his second.

The Black Cats took the lead early as Wickham nodded home a cross from Fletcher at the back post in the fourth minute.

5. More 2-0 results– Manchester City, West Ham and Hull all found the back of the net twice to secure all three points.

Aston Villa provided a stern test for City, despite conceding three goals twice in a row. However, Villa were only able to keep them out until the 82nd minute. Yaya Toure drove towards the Villa backline and found the bottom corner with a left-footed strike. City added a second goal six minutes later through Sergio Aguero.The Argentine striker unleashed a shot from the top of the box on the opposite side of Toure’s goal to seal all three points.

Disaster struck struck for QPR in the fifth minute as Stewart Downing‘s corner came off of the knee of Nedum Onuoha and into the back of the net for an own goal. The R’s never recovered and the Hammers found a second goal through Diafra Sakho. It was his fifth goal in as many games. After James Tomkins found the ball in the box and sent it to the far post, where Sakho headed the ball home just before the hour mark.

Mohamed Diame and Nikica Jelavic scored to give Hull a victory over Crystal Palace. Hull looked the better side throughout and found a deserved opener an hour into the game. Andrew Robertson‘s cross found Diame, who headed in for the lead. The Tigers then found a second in the 89th minute. Jake Livermore played a wonderful through ball that Jelavic latched onto and slotted home.

6. Double-down– Both Swansea-Newcastle and Leicester Burnley played to 2-2 draws.

Papiss Cisse bagged a brace and just might have granted Alan Pardew a stay of execution. The striker’s header from close-range gave Lukasz Fabianski after a cross from Shola Ameobi. The crucial touch game with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game. Cisse’s first came toe-poking home a low Gabriel Obertan cross at the near post. The goal came just three minutes to before the halftime whistle as the team finished the first 45 minutes level.

Wilfried Bony gave the Swans the lead after nice interplay with Gylfi Sigurdsson and slotted home in the 17th minute. Sigurdsson played the role of provider once more with a lovely through ball to Wayne Routledge after dispossessing Newcastle in their own defensive third. Routledge then lifted the ball over Tim Krul to give the Swans the lead in the 50th minute.

Burnley stole two points from Leicester City in stunning fashion. Ross Wallace‘s well-struck free-kick found the back of the net with just about the last kick of the game in the 96th minute.

The Foxes took the lead through a Jeffrey Schlupp goal in the 33rd minute with his first touch from a Riyad Mahrez cross. It was Schlupp’s first for Leicester.

Burnley equalized six minutes later from inside the six-yard box, but the Foxes regained the lead – one that nearly landed them three points – five minutes before halftime.

Mahrez, who provided the first goal, found the back of the net with a header at the back post after the ball took an unfortunate bounce off a Burnley defender.

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