BPL Recap: Southampton score eight, Aguero scores four, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer 

The Saints went to seventh heaven and then did one better.  Southampton put eight goals past a lackluster Sunderland in a blowout.  While the Saints were thought to be left for dead after summer departures, they continue to defy those early projections with an 8-0 win.

It all started with a shocking own goal from the Black Cats. Santiago Vergini lashed the ball into his own net, which would have otherwise been a great strike in the 11th minute.  Graziano Pelle scored the first of his brace with an easy tap in from a Steven Davis pass six minutes later. Jack Cork then finished at the back post as well scoring with his first touch from a Dusan Tadic cross.

The Saints got five goals in the second half and again the scoring was started with an own goal. Pelle’s shot was deflected into the net by Liam Bridcutt. Pelle then added his second seven minutes later with Tadic playing provider once more.  Tadic then scored a goal of his own and his first in the Premier League after a bad giveaway by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone in the 78th minute. Tadic marked a fantastic individual performance with a third assist, this time for Victor Wanyama with just over ten minutes remaining.

However, Tadic wasn’t finished, adding a fourth assist for the Saints’ eighth and final goal. His lay off was turned into the back of the net by Sadio Mane.

Other BPL Results

1. Aguero nets four– Sergio Aguero four, Tottenham one.

The Argentinean led Manchester City with a monster performance to sink Spurs.

He scored the first in the 13th minute, creating space for himself in the box and sending his effort past Hugo LlorisChristian Eriksen equalized two minutes later after finishing off a Roberto Soldado through ball.

He fired in a penalty in the 20th minute, but then had one saved 11 minutes later as well as missing the follow up. Spurs missed a spot kick themselves when Soldado’s was saved in the 62nd minute.

Aguero would redeem himself scoring another penalty kick in the 68th minute after Federico Fazio was sent off for a push in the box. He added his fourth goal with a low shot with 15 minutes remaining to cap off a sparkling performance.

It wasn’t all roses for Manchester.  Frank Lampard fell injured with an apparent strain to his upper left quadriceps.  The severity of his injury is yet unknown.

2. West Ham continues offensive – West Ham scored three times in the second half to grab all three points over Burnley.

Diafra Sakho continues his goal-scoring form with his sixth goal in as many games. He headed in Aaron Cresswell‘s cross in the 49th minute. Enner Valencia doubled the lead with a header of his own in the 54th minute. He connected with Carl Jenkinson‘s cross.

Burnley pulled one back through George Boyd‘s goal after a scramble in the box.

However, the Hammers added a third to ease their victory in the 70th minute. Carlton Cole scored a third West Ham goal with a header, nodding in Sakho’s cross.

3. Own Goal rues day for QPR– Queens Park Rangers scored four goals. Unfortunately, two of them were into their own net.

Richard Dunne put his name into the history books when he turned the ball into his own net, becoming the first  Premier League to reach double digits in own goals. It gave Liverpool the lead in the 67th minute.

Eduardo Vargas evened the score with an 87th minute goal. He finished off Charlie Austin‘s knock down.

However, that was only a precursor to the even more dramatic final moments.

Philippe Coutinho put the Reds ahead once more finishing off a Steven Gerrard pass. However, QPR equalized once more. It was Vargas again scoring with a header in the 92nd minute.

Unfortunately for QPR, Own Goal struck once more. Steven Caulker tried to defend Raheem Sterling‘s cross, but put the ball in his own net instead to give Liverpool all three points.

4. Arsenal’s disappointing draw– Arsenal are a weakened side due to injuries and nearly dropped all three points to Hull City at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners in front after individual skill to dribble past a Hull defender and then sent a low shot across the face of goal and into the back of the net in the 14th minute.

However, the Tigers roared back to level four minutes later. While there was a hint of a foul on Mathieu FlaminiMohamed Diame muscled his way and scored the equalizer. The visitors took the lead right after the second half whistle blew. Abel Hernadez headed in Tom Huddlestone‘s cross.

The Gunners salvaged a point when Sanchez picked out Danny Welbeck in the first minute of stoppage time. The Englishman took a touch and then fired the ball past Hull’s third string keeper Eldin Jakupovic.

5. Three’s plenty for Everton– Everton took advantage of Aston Villa’s leaky defense and found the back of the net three times.

Phil Jagielka headed in Leighton Baines‘s cross to give the Toffees the lead in the 18th minute. Everton then increased their pressure in the second half and found two more goal to ease to victory. Romelu Lukaku‘s left footed strike found the bottom corner three minutes after the halftime intermission. Seamus Coleman pushed the lead to three with 14 minutes remaining.

6. Chelsea, Stoke with 2-1 wins– Chelsea continued their fantastic start to the season, although it was more difficult against Crystal Palace then they would have liked.

It stated out well for the Blues with Oscar turning in a free-kick in the fifth minute.

Cezar Azpilicueta was sent off with a straight red card in the 40th minute and then Palace was reduced to 10 men minutes later with Damien Delaney picked up a second yellow.

However, Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea some breathing space in the 51st minute with his first goal in a Blues shirt.

Palace found a late goal through Frazier Campbell to pile on some pressure, but it was too little too late.

Stoke City was able to secure all three points with a 76th minute header from jonathan Walters. He headed home Oussama Assaidi‘s cross.  

The Potters went down a goal after Ryan Shawcross‘s foul in the box set up a Wilfried Bony penalty kick. Stoke equalized nine minutes later with a spot kick of their own. Victor Moses was pushed down by Angel Rangel and Charlie Adam converted the ensuing kick.

7. Newcastle edge Leicester– It’s taken eight games to do so, but Newcastle secure their first win of the season. Gabriel Obertan scored in the 71st minute for the winner. The Magpies are still currently in the bottom three.

The French winger cut in from the left, evaded three challenges from the Foxes and sent in a low shot to seal the win at St. James’ Park.

8. West Brom-Manchester United still to play– The Baggies and Red Devils will play on Monday to complete this round of results.

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