Stirling's hat-trick, Alisson's injury and Slutsky's success: the main events in European football
In the first round match of the English Premier League, Manchester City defeated West Ham with a crushing score, and Liverpool lost their goalkeeper Alisson due to an injury. The double of Harry Kane in the last minutes of the match helped Tottenham to defeat Aston Villa, and Monaco without Alexander Golovin was largely lost to Lyon. Vitess Leonid Slutsky won the first victory of the season, and Donetsk Shakhtar got the better of Dynamo Kyiv.
Four goals in 35 minutes and Alisson injury
In their opening match in the 2019/20 season, Liverpool at home tested for a return to the Premier League after a three-year absence from Norwich City. As expected, the silver medalist of the last draw did not experience any problems and in the first half decided the outcome of the meeting. From the 7th to the 42nd minute of the match, wards of Jürgen Klopp four times forced to surrender Tim Krul. The goal was scored by Virgil van Dyck and Divok Origi, and Mohammed Salah added an assist to the exact shot. The beginning of the defeat was put by the canary defender Grant Hanley, who was noted for his own goal.
A fly in the ointment for the “Reds" was the injury to goalkeeper Alisson, who a few minutes before the break unsuccessfully put the ball into the game with a goal kick. According to media reports, the Brazilian has a suspicion of rupture of the calf muscle, which is why he runs the risk of missing from four to six weeks.
In the second half, the hosts slowed down and allowed the guests to soak the score. The author of the only accurate strike in the composition of “Norwich” was Teemu Pukki. Thus, Liverpool turned out to be stronger in its 12th duel with newcomers to the Premier League in a row and extended its unbeaten home streak in the Premier League to 40 meetings. In terms of this indicator, the Merseysides are second only to Chelsea, which from March 2004 to October 2008 did not lose at home for 86 matches.
Stirling's hat-trick and Manchester City record
Unlike its main rivals, Manchester City spent its first meeting of the season away. The wards of Josep Guardiola came to the “London” stadium, which was successful for them, where they had already managed to score 18 goals (more than in any other guest arena). This time, the “townspeople” also did not stint on goals and scored their biggest victory in history in the match of the first round of the Premier League.
Sky blue five times was left out of work by Lukasz Fabianski, and Rahim Sterling was especially distinguished. The English midfielder chalked up three goals and became just the eighth footballer in history to score a hat trick in the first round. The last time this was succeeded by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in the 2010/11 season.
Also, Gabriel Jesus, who did not leave the field without goals in the last five matches in London, as well as Sergio Aguero, who realized the 11-meter second time, lit his name on the scoreboard. Fabiansky managed the first shot, but the referee again put the ball to the “spot” because of West Ham defender who ran into the penalty area beforehand. The Argentinean did not repeat his mistake and now has seven goals in his first rounds in the Premier League. Only Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Alan Shearer (all eight each) have more.
Kane’s double and the unsuccessful Grilish series
Tottenham unexpectedly experienced problems in the confrontation with Aston Villa. After returning to the nuclear submarines after a three-year absence, the “lions” put up a formidable opponent with decent resistance and spent most of the meeting in the long run. Already in the ninth minute, John McGinn took advantage of the confusion of defense and scored his first goal in the highest English football division.
However, the guests failed to maintain the advantage. The Mauricio Pochettino wards struggled for a long time with bad luck, but from the 73rd to the 90th minutes they sent the ball three times into the net of the opponent’s net. First, the former Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele scored his first goal in the Premier League, and then Harry Kane scored with a double. The forward twice opened cool in the penalty area and left Tom Heaton out of work.
Tottenham scored three points and supported the initiative of Liverpool and Manchester City, and the main loser of the meeting was Aston Villa striker Jack Grilish. The young striker was the only player in history to concede in 19 submarines in a row.
The defeat of "Monaco" without Golovin
On Friday, August 9, the national championship started in France. In the first match of the new season, Monaco Alexander Golovin and Lyon met. True, the Russian himself did not take part in the meeting due to disqualification.
Monegasques suffered a crushing defeat - 0: 3. The meeting turned out for wards Leonard Jardim unsuccessful in all respects. Firstly, the hosts missed already in the fifth minute after a corner.
Secondly, in the middle of the first half, Monaco remained in the minority. The most experienced Cesc Fabregas, having lost the fight for the ball in someone else's penalty area, for some reason stepped on the opponent's ankle. The referee first showed the Spaniard a yellow card, but after watching the replay and seeing bruises on the foot of the injured football player, he removed the midfielder.
Almost immediately, the goalkeeper of the hosts Anthony Lopes managed to miss the incredible ball between the legs after hitting Memphis Depay from 30 meters. In the second half, the Monegasques tried to escape and attacked a lot, but at the end of the meeting they missed the third ball. The season began for the Golovin team you can’t imagine worse. Perhaps, with the return of Alexander to the field, the team’s affairs will improve.
Much better season began for Vitess Leonid Slutsky and Vyacheslav Karavaev. In the first round, the team from Arnhem almost beat Ajax itself, and in the second they won an away victory over Willem II. The first half ended without goals, but after the break Vitess squeezed opponents.
21-year-old Jay Roy Grotto and Slovenian Tim Mathavj scored goals, and Brian Linssen chalked up both assists. This time, Karavaev did not manage to score points for performance, but he spent all 90 minutes on the field. By the way, last season Vitesse beat Willem II twice with a total score of 6: 3. On Saturday, this successful series for the Arnhemians continued.
Shakhtar victory in Ukrainian derby
In Ukraine, as part of the third round of the Premier League, the country's main derby took place - Dynamo Kyiv received Shakhtar. The last time the teams crossed paths recently. In late July, the blue and white beat the Pitmen in the Super Bowl match. Now, principled rivals met in UPL.
The duel turned out to be extremely eventful. First, the guests managed to open an account in the 21st minute thanks to the incredible kick of Junior Moraes with his heel. The Kievans in this episode made a complaint to the referee, because they believed that Manor Solomon, who gave the assist, missed the ball for the front, but the replay showed that this was not so.
Dynamo managed to recoup shortly before the break, and the most experienced Shakhtar goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov made a grave mistake. After a blow from outside the penalty area, he in a volleyball hit the ball right on Gerson Rodriguez, and he just struck his head.
The victory was brought to the guests by Marlos, whose goal also turned out to be incredibly beautiful. At the entrance to the penalty area, he demonstrated Brazilian proprietary equipment, tricked three opponents at once and shot into the near corner. A small rebound only helped the attacker. Thus, Shakhtar managed to take revenge for the defeat in the match for the Super Bowl and win the 33rd victory in the confrontation with the Kiev team with 31 defeats.