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Chelsea, Man United win EPL openers

London, Aug 11 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/11/2018 12:50:07 PM IST

Jorginho marked his Premier League debut with a goal as Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Italy international Jorginho passed home a fearless penalty in the 45th minute as Maurizio Sarri earned his first competitive win at the helm after his team went down to Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, while fellow debutant and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga started with a clean sheet.
Jorginho added to the opener from World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante, who returned as one of three changes to the team that lost to City.
Huddersfield struggled to test the Kepa his first outing since joining from Athletic Bilbao for £72m as Chelsea dominated the second period, with Pedro adding the gloss after a brilliant counter-attack launched by substitute Eden Hazard.
Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved difficult to break down, but Pedro’s driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.
Huddersfield were a persistent threat from crosses into the box and they went close to an equaliser when Steve Mounie headed Mathias Jorgensen’s flick-on against the inside of the upright.
But Chelsea again punctuated a strong spell for the hosts with a goal, Jorginho sitting debutant Ben Hamer down with a skip in his run-up for an incredibly cool spot-kick after Christopher Schindler caught Marcos Alonso at the end of a neat move from the Blues.
The Blues were the sole aggressors in the second half and, after Hamer parried a header from Antonio Rudiger behind, Alonso sent an acrobatic effort against the crossbar in the 58th minute.
Hazard came on for Willian for just his second outing since the World Cup and poked a pass through the legs of Terence Kongolo for Pedro to lift Chelsea’s third beyond Hamer and round off a routine win.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captain’s armband when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City as the Premier League season opened on Friday.
After an unusual stuttering run-up that briefly gave way to jogging on the spot, Pogba rifled home the first goal from the penalty spot in the third minute after Daniel Amartey had handled a shot from Alexis Sanchez.
The France playmaker then continued to impress as the first half wore on at Old Trafford, leading his teammates by example.
United had several chances to extend its lead against a Leicester side that called goalkeeper David De Gea into action more often than Mourinho would have liked.
The manager, however, celebrated on the touchline after Luke Shaw directed home his first senior goal to put the result out of reach after an excellent through ball from Juan Mata.
Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira’s cross came back off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester.
spurs beat Newcastle
Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Jan Vertonghen gave Spurs the lead but Joselu equalized with a lovely header, then Alli also scored a header at the back post to cap a wild spell in the first half.
Spurs held on for the win despite late Newcastle pressure as Mauricio Pochettino side started off their new season with a win. And, oh yeah, Harry Kane still hasn’t scored in August.
Spurs took an early lead as Vertonghen nodded home at the back post, with the goal awarded via goal-line technology. Yet Newcastle responded right away as Joselu finished Matt Ritchie’s cross superbly to send St James’ Park wild.
Soon they were deflated once again as Serge Aurier surged forward and crossed for Alli to nod home and restore Tottenham’s lead.
Three goals in seven first half minutes opened the first Saturday of the new season in style. Mohamed Diame smashed the outside of the post in the second half after a wonderful piece of control, as Newcastle pushed to get back into the game.
Newcastle best fell to new loan signing Salomon Rondon but his shot deflected onto the crossbar when he was played through.
Tottenham held on for victory as they started the second-straight PL campaign with a victory at Newcastle.
 

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