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Chelsea, Tottenham secure big victories

Chelsea, Tottenham secure big victories
Chelsea players celebrate after scoring a goal during their EPL match against Wolves on Saturday.
London, Sep 14 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/14/2019 11:17:40 AM IST

In-form Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham scored a superb hat-trick as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at Molineux Stadium on Saturday.

The game burst into life just past the half-hour mark when Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori’s dipping drive from outside the box wrong-footed Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio and flew into the net to give the visitors the lead.

Abraham struck his first goal three minutes later, making the most of the advantage granted by referee Graham Scott to take a touch and swivel before firing home, and he headed a second before halftime to send his side into the break 3-0 up.

The Chelsea academy product completed his hat-trick 11 minutes into the second half before limping off and being replaced by Michy Batshuayi in the 77th minute.

Wolves pulled a goal back in the 69th when Romain Saiss’s header went in off Abraham for an own goal and striker Patrick Cutrone bundled home another in the 85th, five minutes before Mason Mount fired home Chelsea’s fifth to complete the rout.

Chelsea, who host Liverpool next week, are up to sixth on eight points while Wolves, who visit Crystal Palace looking for their first win of the season, are 19th on three points.

Meanwhile, Heung-Min Son scored a brace as Tottenham returned to their best to demolish Crystal Palace 4-0, scoring all their goals in the first half.

Spurs, who had not won since the first game of the season, stormed out of the blocks and took an early lead courtesy of a clever finish from Son after a brilliant long ball from Toby Alderweireld.

Serge Aurier was handed his first start for the club since March and was devastating playing as a left winger with Danny Rose also causing chaos on the opposite flank. And it was the Frenchman’s cross which was turned in by Patrick van Aanholt for an own goal to double the home side’s lead.

Palace were shell shocked and conceded a third goal a minute later after Son lashed in a stunning volley from Aurier’s cross into the bottom corner.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were not done there, with Harry Kane turning provider to set up Erik Lamela at the far post to make it 4-0 and hand the visitors more capital punishment.

Neither side made a change at the start of the second half surprisingly and the one-way traffic continued with Son going close to completing his hat-trick with a cheeky chip.

Earlier, Liverpool came from behind to earn a 3-1 home win over Newcastle United thanks to Sadio Mane’s first-half double and a late goal from Mo Salah, maintaining their 100% start to the season and winning their 14 consecutive Premier League match.

Anfield was stunned into silence in glorious sunshine on Merseyside as Newcastle’s Jetro Willems sent a thunderous strike into the top corner to give the visitors a shock seventh-minute lead.

The crowd were getting anxious as league leaders Liverpool were wasteful in possession, but the pressure never relented as Andrew Robertson set up Mane, who brilliantly equalised in the 28th minute.

Liverpool had won each of their previous four home leagues games in which they conceded first and 12 minutes later they had turned another match on its head as Roberto Firmino’s trickery set up Mane to give the hosts the lead at the second attempt.

Mane’s second strike meant Liverpool had scored two or more goals in 14 consecutive league games with Egyptian forward Salah adding a third in the second half.

There was no coming back for Newcastle as Liverpool strolled to their fifth straight win this term.

Match results

Man Utd 1 – 0 Leicester City

Sheff Utd 0 – 1 Southampton

Brighton 1 – 1 Burnley FC

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