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Premier League AT HALF: Aguero scorching the Hawthorns

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We saw five goals in the Premier League’s morning opener, and the 10 a.m. ET kickoffs have had a bit less finish despite plenty of chances.

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Here’s where we stand after 45 minutes of play in five cities around England.

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero has a pair of goals, the first assisted by Ilkay Gundogan and the second by West Brom. The goal was also a gorgeous 19-yarder, as City is prepared to easily end its six-match winless run.

Manchester United 0-0 Burnley

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata are terrifying the visitors, but the big Swede has yet to finish one of many chances.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Bournemouth

Even enough at the Riverside Stadium until Gaston Ramirez’s splendid individual work was enough to get the better of Artur Boruc.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Hornets are controlling the proceedings, and Younes Kaboul has clanged a header off the woodwork, but no goals yet.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Leicester City

Spurs holding the ball and the advantages in shots, and Vincent Janssen scored a penalty to open the scoring before halftime.

Premier League at the half: Watford, Palace lead; Leicester unloading on Sunderland (Watch live)

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Sunderland’s opening day is up in flames, as Leicester City is romping in one of four Premier League matches at the half.

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It’s not a bad day to be a Premier League new boy, with two sides geared up for a point and the other with some fine moments at home.

Leicester City 3-0 Sunderland

Suffice it to say this is not how Jeremain Lens and Dick Advocaat expected Sunderland’s season to start. Riyad Mahrez has a pair of goals as the Foxes scored thrice in 25 minutes to build a lead that’s likely to stand at King Power Stadium.

Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew continued his strong run at the Eagles bench, as Wilfried Zaha acrobatically hit home Jason Puncheon’s cross to give Palace a lead.

[ EARLIER: Manchester United tops Spurs 1-0 ]

Bournemouth 0-0 Aston Villa

Not much to report from Vitality Stadium, where the Cherries are 45 minutes away from earning a point on their PL debut.

Everton 0-1 Watford

Quique Flores’ plucky Hornets struck when Mexico’s Miguel Layun blasted a loose ball across Tim Howard for a halftime lead in their Premier League return.

LIVE – Premier League, at the half: All four games 1-0; Foxes lead, Burnley sees red

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Set piece goals are the name of a pair of early games, as four Premier League matches dot the weekend landscape.

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Leicester City 1-0 Swansea City

Leonardo Ulloa hammered a tidy low goal past Lukasz Fabianski off a set piece, and the Foxes have hope at rising out of the drop zone by the end of the weekend with a home lead against Swans.

Everton 1-0 Burnley

Kevin Mirallas picked up flick of sorts from Arouna Kone to boost the home side into a 29th minute lead. A stoppage time second yellow to Ashley Barnes has the Clarets down to 10 men in addition to its deficit on the scoreboard.

Stoke City 0-1 Southampton

Morgan Schneiderlin was assisted by Jose Fonte off a corner kick, as the Saints would be in fifth at the end of the day if they can hold on for the road win,

Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Brown Ideye made the early headlines with his return to the lineup, but it was James Morrison who zipped past Jason Puncheon to power a point blank headed home for a second minute lead.

At the halves: Barca bossing Man City, Juve up on Dortmund — FOLLOW LIVE

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A pair of wonderful match-ups greeted Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League play, with Manchester City hosting Barcelona, and German giants Borussia Dortmund bringing their act to Turn for a match with Juventus.

There have been five goals within the first halves, so let’s dig right in.

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Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

The 16th minute saw the match’s first goal, as Suarez fired hard and low past Joe Hart to lift Barcelona into the lead via an all-important road goal. Suarez flashed his trademark big-toothed grin as he raced across the field to celebrate with Messi.

And Barca smelled blood in the water. There was no sitting back with the lead, as the Blaugranas continued with adventurous passing and build-up.

Suarez made it a pair of goals on the half-hour, putting Man City in an awful spot. Jordi Alba sent a gorgeous cross through the former Liverpool man, who left no doubt in making it 2-0.

Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Goals were traded early at The Old Lady’s house, where Carlos Tevez’s 13th minute goal was equalized by Marco Reus five minutes later.

source: Getty ImagesAlvaro Morata ripped a shot on BVB’s Roman Weidenfeller, and the keeper gave up a big rebound to Tevez. Not a good idea, and it was 1-0 on a tap-in.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri claimed his side would need to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday, and those dreams were dashed within 20 minutes of kickoff.

On a day where Suarez scored, the man he bit in the World Cup had a gaffe, slipping up in a bad position. Reus beat Gigi Buffon to even the score.

An injured Andrea Pirlo brought a pall to the proceedings after 36 minutes, as he subbed off for Roberto Pereyra.

But Paul Pogba’s low pass glided through the box for Morata to slap home just before halftime.

 

At the half: City finding footing vs. Aston Villa on NBC (Live stream)

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Manchester City has woken up after a sleepy, sloppy 15 minutes to start the game, but has not been able to find a way past Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan at Villa Park on NBC this Saturday afternoon.

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It’s scoreless at the break, and this adequately sums up the first 15 minutes:

Manchester City started to find their attack in the next 10 minutes, though, and Aleksandar Kolavor’s brilliant cross was nearly headed into the upper 90 by Sergio Aguero. It sailed teasingly wide.

They kept knocking, but the last touch on their wonderful combinations was missing. Edin Dzeko sent one skyward in the 34th minute.

Former Villa attacked James Milner had a shot deflected out for a corner in the 45th minute, and the ensuing deadball was deflected wide after Kolarov found a low shot. Two more Villa clearances led to more corners, but the hosts held on for halftime.

Lineups

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Baker, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor

Subs: Given, Bacuna, Clark, Sanchez, Bent, Weimann, Benteke

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Kompany (C), Mangala, Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Sagna, Lampard, Navas, Jovetic, Fernando