Aston Villa 2 Fulham 1
Clint Dempsey put a smile on US soccer fans faces, as he scored the first goal of the Match against Villa, but Fulham defender Zat Knight scored an own goal, and Shaun Maloney scored the game winner in injury time to give the Villans a much needed victory at Villa Park.
Arsenal 1 Manchester City 0
In the match of the day, Cesc Fabregas scored with a huge blast from 8 yards on a tight angle to end City’s 100% start to the season and give Arsenal the victory at the Emirates Stadium. Not to be forgotten was Kasper Schmeichel’s heroic effort as the City keeper stopped several blistering shots, and even struck a header that tested Arsenal keeper Almunia on a corner kick in injury time.
Fulham 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3
In what has to be considered as a Match of the year candidate, Fulham battled back from down 2-0 and 3-1 to salvage a point against Spurs. Kaboul and Berbatov scored within the first 30 minutes, putting Spurs off to a flying start, but Clint Dempsey got away from Pascal Chimbonda on a corner kick for a powerful header placed between Paul Robinson and the post to cut the lead to 2-1. Gareth Bale scored on a breakaway on Robbie Keane’s 2nd assist of the day to make the score 3-1, but a deflected goal made possible by an industrious Dempsey, giving an assist from on his back side, from Alexei Smertin cut the lead to 3-2. It must be said that Spurs completely dominated the game for 35 of the first 45 minutes and 30 of the last 45. That being said, they did not finish the game off, (prompting THIS commentary from Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez) and Fulham scored on a brilliant goal on a flicked on header from Dempsey and a rainbow bicycle kick from Kamara that eluded Robinson. More pressure to be placed on Spurs manager Martin Jol, as his side should be challenging for Champions league football this year.
Liverpool 6 Derby County 0
Liverpool absolutely DESTROYED relegation favorite Derby County. Torres and Alonzo scored 2 each and Babel and Voronin scored for Liverpool.
Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 0
In a huge upset, Zat Knight, making his debut for Villa after transferring in from Fulham, headed in the go ahead goal, and Gabriel Agbonlahor redirected an Ashley Young to seal the 3 points for Villa.