Liverpool top Arsenal in Premier League; Crystal Palace stun Man United
Liverpool's Adam Oxlade-Chamberlain (l.) is seen in action against Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles (r.) during the English Premier League soccer match on Aug. 24, 2019, as Liverpool kept up their run for the championship with a pulverizing 3-1 win over Arsenal. EPA-EPA/Peter Powell
Liverpool's Adam Lallana (r.) is seen in action against Arsenal's Granit Xhaka (l.) during the English Premier League soccer match on Aug. 24, 2019, as Liverpool kept up their run for the championship with a pulverizing 3-1 win over Arsenal. EPA-EPA/Peter Powell
Manchester United's Paul Pogba conntrols the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between his team and Crystal Palace on Aug. 24, 2019, a game that Manchester United lost this Saturday for their first defeat of the season. EFE-EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is seen in action during the English Premier League soccer match between his team and Crystal Palace on Aug. 24, 2019, a game that Manchester United lost this Saturday for their first defeat of the season. EFE-EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga
London, Aug. 24 (efe-epa).- Liverpool continue full speed ahead in the Premier League and kept up their run for the championship with a pulverizing 3-1 win over Arsenal that might make the "Gunners" realize they're not yet ready to fight it out with the big guys.
Two scores by Mohammed Salah following a tremendous header by Joel Matip finished off an Arsenal that early on seemed to be on a par with Liverpool.
But in the end, Liverpool ruled. And while the Jurgen Klopp team controlled the ball almost 80 percent of the time, Arsenal made some dangerous attacks.
The first chance for the Gunners came when Adrian, who continues in the starting lineup in the absence of Alisson Backer, had a misunderstanding with Virgil Van Dijk and gave the ball away to Aubameyang, who attempted a chip shot that went erratically wide of the post.
Shots from the sidelines by Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold found no striker to finish off the chances they created, then Arsenal seemed set to score thanks to Nicolas Pepe in his first game as a starter. The former Lille player, the most expensive acquisition in the history of the Highbury club, had two opportunities to put Arsenal in the lead. First, he got around Henderson but Adrian blocked his shot. Second, his shot from outside the area was headed for the upper corner of the net but just missed.
After Arsenal failed to take advantage of some good chances, Liverpool punished them, as if to remind them that they still have a way to go to compete with the best.
In one of the innumerable corners accumulated by the Reds in the first half, Alexander-Arnold found Matip in the area, who headed it into the net to put Liverpool in the lead 1-0 at minute 41.
Just minutes into the second half, when the Brazilian David Luiz grabbed Salah's shirt and referee Anthony Taylor caught him at it and called a penalty, the Egyptian took advantage of the foul and booted the ball into the top right corner to boost Liverpool's lead to 2-0 at minute 49.
That wrapped up the game, but Salah wasn't finished yet. At minute 59 he outmaneuvered Luiz, raced into an unprotected penalty area and blasted a low shot past Leno to make the score 3-0.
But Crystal was not to be kept completely off the scoreboard; Lucas Torreira made a last-ditch goal to make it 3-1 at the end of the game.
Liverpool now leads the Premier League with nine points.
Meanwhile, Manchester United came crashing down this Saturday and suffered their first defeat of the season with a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace after Marcus Rashford missed a penalty shot that could have saved them.
Man United looked as if it would save a tie in the final minutes thanks to a goal by young Daniel James, but Palace on the attack took the match thanks to Patrick Van Aanholt.
The Dutch winger slipped the ball past the post and David de Gea was unable to block it, which sealed United's defeat.
Jordan Ayew had previously put Crystal Palace in the lead, and in the second half, Marcus Rashford missed a penalty shot that was another chance for a tie. Following the controversy over the failure of Pogba against the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rashford had taken responsibility for the shot and bounced it off the post.
A positive element for United was that James, 21, had previously scored against Chelsea on opening day and was a starter in the tie against the Wolverhampton Wanderers, but it was this Saturday that he showed himself to be the upcoming sensation of Manchester United. EFE-EPA msg-arh/cd