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Saturday Premier League roundup: Chelsea win again, Arsenal fight back (video)

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Goals were in short supply on Saturday but that didn’t mean there was a lack of drama around the Premier League. Oh no, not at all.

Chelsea and Swansea both picked up their second-straight wins to start the season, while Everton pummeled Arsenal early on but the Gunners fought back to steal a dramatic late draw. Edgy draws played out at Villa Park and St. Mary’s, while West Ham piled on the misery for poor old Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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Below are recaps, analysis and video highlights of all the action from another dramatic Saturday in the PL.


Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle United

Brad Guzan came to the rescue late on for Villa as the American ‘keeper stopped Siem de Jong’s powerful effort as Newcastle pushed for the winner. The Magpies had defender Mike Williamson sent off in a rough and tumble affair at Villa Park. Neither team carved out glorious chances. Honors even.

Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City

The Blues were frustrated at home by newly promoted Leicester for long periods but Jose Mourinho’s sides finally broke down the Foxes. Second half goals from Diego Costa (his second in his first two PL games) and Eden Hazard did the damage. Two wins from two for Chelsea but far from convincing.

Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United

The Hammers sealed a miserable week for managerless Palace in this London derby. Debutant Mauro Zarate scored a stunning volley just before half time, then Stewart Downing smashed in another beauty to give the Hammers a 2-0 lead at the break. Marouane Chamakh pulled a goal back for the Eagles but Carlton Cole scored to make it 3-1 to West Ham.

Everton 2-2 Arsenal

Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith put Everton 2-0 up at half time and Arsenal looked dead and buried. Think again. Aaron Ramsey pulled a goal back seven minutes from time, then Olivier Giroud pounced late on to make it 2-2 and snatch a late point for the Gunners. Drama at Goodison as the home fans were stunned by the incredible last-gasp comeback.

Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Dusan Tadic was a constant threat for the home side but neither team could muster a goal in a tight match down on the South Coast. James Ward-Prowse hit the outside of the post with a free kick, while West Brom debutant Brown Ideye looked lively after coming off the bench.

Swansea City 1-0 Burnley

An entertaining game down at the Liberty Stadium as Nathan Dyer gave the Swans all three points thanks to a great piece of acceleration and coolness. Burnley carved out some great chances in the second half but Lukas Jutkiewicz put a header from six-yards out over the bar. The Clarets still searching for their first point of the PL season, while Swansea have won two out of two.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)