Hammers frustrate Blues in east London

Chelsea's 100 percent record in the Premier League came to an end at the London Stadium on Sunday after they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham.

  • West Ham 0 Chelsea 0
  • Fabianski makes three early saves
  • Antonio misses two good chances
  • Yarmolenko heads wide of open goal
  • Barkley denied by Fabianski late on

Match summary

Maurizio Sarri's side endured a frustrating afternoon in east London as they bossed proceedings, but couldn't breach the home defence. Andriy Yarmolenko wasted the best chance of the game in the second half as the Blues dropped their first points of the new campaign.

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Chelsea settled down quickly at the home of their cross-town neighbours and controlled the opening 20 minutes with possession football.

Their early dominance led to three chances in a short space of time, with Olivier Giroud directing a tame effort straight at Lukasz Fabianski from a driven corner on 10 minutes, before Antonio Rudiger drew a routine save from the Polish keeper from 30 yards out moments later.

Eden Hazard then tested Fabianski with a left-footed shot from 15 yards out on the left after getting away from his marker with some neat touches in the 12th minute.

Mark Noble failed to trouble Kepa on the half-volley from just outside the box on 21 minutes, while at the other end Willian sliced his effort from 25 yards out on the right moments later.

West Ham grew into the game and had the two best chances of the half around the half-hour mark. Felipe Anderson left Cesar Azpilicueta for dead with a silky turn and played in Michail Antonio, who lashed a left-footed shot high and wide of the near post from 10 yards out.

Antonio was presented with an even better opportunity to break the deadlock soon afterwards as Declan Rice released Yarmolenko on the right and the Ukrainian winger drove into the area before being forced wide by David Luiz. The ball fell for the forward, who fired straight at Kepa from five yards out.

N'Golo Kante passed up the final chance on the stroke of half-time when he headed wide of the left post after getting on the end of Willian's volley cross from the right.

Yarmolenko went close on 51 minutes after another powerful run towards goal resulted in him fizzing a strike just over the bar from 20 yards out.

Luiz steered a header high into the stand behind the goal from a 55th-minute corner and substitute Alvaro Morata was denied by Fabianski at close range 11 minutes later after Kante's cross from the right was diverted into his path by the Brazilian defender.

After Luiz aimed a 76th-minute free-kick too close to Fabianski from 25 yards out, Yarmolenko squandered the chance of the match a minute later. Substitute Robert Snodgrass sent a fine cross from the left that the off-season signing nodded wide at the back post with the goal gaping.

Kante again found himself in an advanced area on 81 minutes, but couldn't keep his first-time shot down from Willian's cutback on the left nine minutes from time, and Fabianski capped off another good performance when he denied Ross Barkley a stoppage-time winner with a save at full stretch.

Maritzburg beat Celtic for first win

Maritzburg United claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday.

  • Bloem Celtic 0 Maritzburg United 1
  • Shandu with the only goal on 2'

Match summary

Bandile Shandu was the hero for Maritzburg as they recorded their first win of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory, to hand Celtic their first loss of the 2018/19 Premiership season.

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It was a perfect start for Maritzburg with Shandu opening the scoring with just two minutes on the clock as he was played in by Fortune Makaringe.

Celtic looked to respond, but it was the Team of Choice with the next chance, that Mxolisi Kunene fired just wide.

Andrea Fileccia was also wide for a determined Maritzburg ahead of a wayward shot from Krahire Zakri and a similar effort from Keletso Makgalwa.

Tshegofatso Mabaso then smashed a volley onto the crossbar as Celtic improved as the match wore on with some good approach play.

Given Mashikinya though failed to keep his left-footed drive down, as Ndumiso Mabena came closer with a well-struck shot on 55 minutes.

Mashikinya and substitute Victor Letsoalo both looked intent on finding the target, but were kept out by a determined Maritzburg defence, as Lorenzo Gordinho headed his late chance wide of Richard Ofori in the away goal.

Try as they might, Celtic were unable to replicate recent performances, that have seen them win all but one game, as Maritzburg claimed their first three points.

SuperSport thrash Leopards

SuperSport were impressive in their 4-0 defeat of Black Leopards at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

  • SuperSport United 4 Black Leopards 0
  • Keene on target on 2'
  • Modiba adds a second on 34'
  • Rusike scores on 70'
  • Keene seals the win on 87’

Match summary

James Keene, Maphosa Modiba and Evans Rusike were all on target in a relatively one-sided game where SuperSport ran out deserved winners.

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The home side were ahead with virtually their first attack as Keene headed in a cross from Siyabonga Nhlapo.

SuperSport kept up the pressure with Fagrie Lakay just wide of the Leopards' left upright minutes later.

Evans Rusike then so nearly made it two with a header saved by King Ndlovu from a good Lakay delivery.

The away side though were not without their chances, and after Phathutshedzo Nange smashed his 10th minute over the SuperSport goal, Lesedi Kapinga saw his goal-bound effort kept out by Ronwen Williams.

Both Rusike and Keene continued to cause problems for the Leopards backline, while Bongani Khumalo headed just over after another swift attack.

Modiba and Lakay were Matsatsantsa's main outlet from wide positions, where a number of crosses came in, before the former was able to cut inside and increase SuperSport's lead with an unstoppable left-footed effort.

Leopards looked to respond and ended the half strongly, and Kapinga came close to pulling a goal back after the break with a powerful drive that flew just wide.

SuperSport were forced to soak up the pressure, but always looked a threat going forward, and Modiba headed just over ahead of a 62nd effort from Kapinga that was kept out by Williams.

Matsatsantsa were to add to their lead though as Rusike was able to work some space for himself before firing in past a stranded Ndlovu.

Try as they might, Leopards continued to be run ragged by an expansive SuperSport side, who rounded off the scoring when Keene bagged his brace with 87 minutes on the clock.

The result saw the away side lose their third successive league match, as SuperSport returned to winning ways.

Davids: Media doesn't give Komphela enough credit

Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids has accused the South African media of failing to give Bloemfontein Celtic boss Steve Komphela due credit.

Komphela moved to Phunya Sele Sele off the back of a difficult spell at Kaizer Chiefs, which saw him fail to win a trophy in three seasons.

Circumstances have not been on his side during the early stages of his reign at Celtic, with the club in financial turmoil, leading to player strikes over unpaid fees.

Nevertheless, Celtic have got the season off to a flying start on the field of play under Komphela's guidance, picking up 13 points from their opening five Premiership fixtures.

"Steve has the magic touch over there. Really, I don't know what magic is spraying there," said Davids, whose team will face Komphela's charges today at 15h00, as quoted by Kick Off.

"Not being paid, broken pre-season, and the magic touch he has done there is unbelievable. Really hats [off] to him, he has been under lot of pressure over the last years [at Chiefs], but really he's a top coach and he needs the plaudits now.

"Let's see hear from the media to talk about how well he has done. I don't hear it. I only heard it when he was under pressure. Now he should be praised, now we should lift him but we don't -- we are quiet. We should support coaches, our local coaches and that's what it is. It's your job as media to do it."

Mosimane: Billiat has matured well

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has praised the development of his former player, Khama Billiat, who is now at Kaizer Chiefs.

Billiat has shone for Amakhosi since his high-profile move from Masandawana in the off-season after his contract with the defending South African champions expired.

After joining from Ajax Cape Town in 2013, the Zimbabwean attacker spent five successful years with the Brazilians, and Mosimane is proud of the rise of the 28-year-old, who he feels he has played a significant role in producing.

"Khama came to us when he was 23, and the level he is right now, you can see he has matured. He is a very good player, we worked on him for five years," Mosimane told the media after Sundowns beat Golden Arrows 1-0 in midweek.

Mosimane also pointed to Percy Tau, Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly as further examples of star players who Sundowns have developed and matured.

Following the departures of Tau and Billiat, Masandawana have endured a mixed start to the season, picking up nine points from their opening five league matches and crashing out of the MTN8 semi-finals and CAF Champions League group stage.

Nyirenda: We gifted Orlando Pirates two goals

Baroka coach Wedson Nyirenda has lambasted his side's defensive efforts in their 2-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates, claiming that they gave away two soft goals.

Goals from Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch sunk Bakgaga at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, and although the hosts responded with a goal from Onkabetse Makgantai, they were unable to complete the comeback.

Nyirenda's side has now gone five games without a victory and he made no secret of his displeasure after the match.

"First, all congratulations to the coach and the team, Pirates, for winning this game. We didn't do the right things in the first half," Nyirenda told SuperSport.

"Like I said before the game, our mistakes are the same. We seem not to be getting it right at the back, we're giving away silly goals. The first goal -- how do you give a player of [Vincent] Pule's calibre all that space? You're committing suicide.

"The second goal was just a give-away. The goalkeeper had a miscommunication with the defender. Those are school boy mistakes.

"Then look at our chances. We had more clear chances than them in the second half. In the second half, we came looking good, but all those chances, we gave them away. We need to work on scoring chances and defending well."

The former Kaizer Chiefs striker hinted that he was unhappy with the quality of players at his disposal, fuming: "It's frustrating when you know the problem and you try to work on it but it's not coming. Then it means you don't have the machinery.

"There's nothing I can do now. These are players that we have, we just have to work on them."

Lopetegui: No problem with Courtois' footwork

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has dismissed questions regarding Thibaut Courtois' footwork following their 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

Courtois started in goal ahead of Keylor Navas and kept a clean sheet without being severely tested. However, media critics have highlighted his apparent discomfort when playing with the ball at his feet.

"He has conditions to be able to do it, he does it and surely he will improve more," Lopetegui told a news conference.

"I would not dwell on a problem that does not exist. He has a good command of the ball, a good kick.

"When a start does not work out sometimes it's not the goalkeeper's fault."

It was not the most comfortable of returns to league action for Los Blancos, who looked a far cry from the side which thumped AS Roma 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. However, Lopetegui stressed that Real Madrid got what they wanted from their clash against Espanyol.

"They are two different competitions. The league has complex matches and this was one of them," the former Spain coach added. "It's what the league has. We knew it.

"The most positive thing is that the team has taken the three points, has known how to suffer, you also have to do it to win a league. The main reading is that we have known how to suffer because we also have not been able to close it.

"Espanyol closed us down, but also knew how to attack. But what has hurt us the most is losing control. The team have made a great effort and has achieved three very important points."

Klopp: Subbing superb Shaqiri was hard

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said it was difficult to substitute Xherdan Shaqiri at half-time after the Swiss international had been influential in helping his team to a 3-0 lead over Southampton at Anfield.

Making his first start since a £12 million summer move from Stoke, Shaqiri was involved in Liverpool’s first and third goals, but was taken off at the break as the Anfield boss made a tactical change.

"No it was not easy, to be honest. It's my job to sometimes deliver news nobody wants to hear," said Klopp.

"I said to Shaq at half-time that I'd never taken a player off at half-time after such an influential half.

"He was not injured, but I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation, and that helped us.

"That's how it was at half time, but he's a fantastic boy so there was no problem. I explained it to him, usually I don't explain substitutions but I thought today it made a bit of sense.

"I would have done the same if it had been 2-0. That was the plan. We saw that we had a few problems."

Klopp started with a 4-2-3-1 with Shaqiri in a number 10 role and the switch worked well, as the Swiss star’s cross resulted in an own goal by Wesley Hoedt, before Mo Salah tapped in the third after his free-kick bounced down off the crossbar.

"It's just good to have him. You saw the free-kick, it was outstanding. What a ball!" added Klopp.

"The whole team was not used to the system and as a new player usually you struggle most, but he didn't. He tried everything, the only problem was defensive.

"Offensively, it was a good idea, but we have to work a bit more on that."

Klopp, meanwhile, said that Virgil van Dijk was taken off on the hour as a precaution after he took a blow to the ribs that aggravated an earlier injury.

The German said he would probably be fit for next week’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"He had already, before the PSG game, kind of a bruised rib, which is very uncomfortable, and he got another hit there," said Klopp.

"It's not cool, but should not be too serious. He said he couldn't shout any more, so that's obviously 60 per cent less of his level.

"He should be absolutely OK, hopefully. I didn't hear anything different."

Mourinho slams 'attitude' after Wolves draw

Jose Mourinho was not happy with the attitude of his Manchester United players after their 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday.

United were held by the top-flight newcomers after Joao Moutinho cancelled out Fred’s first-half opener shortly after the break.

Despite dominating possession, United struggled to make headway against a well-drilled Wolves team, who threatened to snatch a win at the end in a match that pitted Mourinho against his former reserve goalkeeper during his time at Porto, Nuno Espirito Santo.

“Not a good performance, not a good result. A fair result,” Mourinho said at the end, who praised the attitude of the visiting players.

“Wolves, by the way they faced the game, I think they deserve it. They play like I like to play which is like the World Cup final. That is the attitude I like my teams to have in every match.

“We didn’t have that. They did. That attitude made a difference. They were in the game from the first minute. They play every ball with every second with the maximum intensity and desire and we didn’t.

After three wins from three away games, United entered the match perhaps confident of a win, but it didn’t materialise, something which Mourinho said was difficult to understand.

“I can’t explain the difference of attitude because I never had a difference of attitude. For me it is difficult to explain that,” he said.

“We won three matches away from home. We came back with a good spirit, in peace because we recovered. Then you start in a poor way.

He, however, refused to use fatigue as an excuse following their midweek Champions League game in Switzerland.

“I could say we were tired, Champions League, awful pitch [against Young Boys], the body suffers the different impact on an artificial rather than actual grass, not coming home after the match.

“I could go in this direction but Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard didn’t play. Fellaini played 20-25 minutes, Fred played 60 minutes, Valencia also didn’t play. We didn’t have a team that was in big trouble with an accumulation of matches.

“So yes, it’s a mental situation. An attitude. And again one team was coming to play the game of their lives, the other to relax.”

Asked if his players needed to improve their attitude, he replied: “Come on, this is something you learn when you are a kid in the academy, you don’t need experiences at the highest level to learn that.

“It is a basic law of football, you have to play at the maximum of your potential, unless you are playing in such a weak league against such weak opponents where playing at 30 percent of your potential is enough. We all know that is not the case.”

Sredojevic: We paid the price for busy fixture list

Milutin Sredojevic has admitted that his Orlando Pirates side was suffering from fatigue during their 2-1 victory over Baroka on Saturday.

Following the international break, the Buccaneers were thrown back into the deep end with three Premiership matches in seven days. Prior to beating Bakgaga, they recorded a 3-1 win over SuperSport United and a 2-2 draw with Cape Town City.

After allowing City to steal a point from two goals down in midweek, Pirates went 2-0 up against Baroka only for Onkabetse Makgantai's goal to set up a tense finish to the game.

The Sea Robbers ultimately held on to claim all three points, but despite having cause for optimism, 'Micho' challenged his side to improve their second half performances.

"Perfect first half -- we were leading 2-0. Exactly what we have agreed, what we have prepared, we have done -- going into the lead at half-time. We did not want to put the pressure on the boys by telling them what happened in the last match," Sredojevic told SuperSport after Saturday's game at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

"We were looking forward to the second half but it looks like we have paid an expensive bill of playing a third match in seven days. When you consider that and conceding a goal [towards the end], we had some nervy moments.

"We need critically to look how to manage that situation and how not to bring us to nervy last few minutes.

"We know you know how to play football but can you get the result? Challenge yourself [in the] second half try to be better than the first half. Improve and respect that ball. We didn't respect that ball and we conceded that goal. However, three points we shall pick and we'll criticise behind closed doors."

Pirates' next Premiership match will be against Golden Arrows on 3 October at Orlando Stadium.

Solinas hails strength in depth

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has praised his squad for showing their strength in depth by beating AmaZulu 2-0 after he made six changes to the team.

For Amakhosi, it was a third successive victory after they beat Cape Town City 4-1 last weekend and then Free State Stars 2-0 on Tuesday.

Solinas rotated his squad throughout the three matches -- a decision which ultimately paid dividends.

"We have a lot of players in the squad, we have a lot of good players. So the competition to play is very important," the Italian told SuperSport after Saturday's victory over Usuthu.

"Every player can play. This is good because Kaizer Chiefs is a big club. We don't only need 11 players but we also need good players on the bench."

Goals from Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Siyabonga Ngezana gave the Glamour Boys the win at FNB Stadium, but Solinas was particularly happy with his side's efforts at the other end of the field.

"I'm very happy about the performance [and] the result. I think my players deserve to win this game, they played a beautiful game. So I'm happy for me, my players, the club and our fans," he said.

"Defensively the job is much better. The whole team is involved in the defensive job. They support each other. This is very important we play together.

"In the PSL every game is difficult, no easy game. So now we'll have a two days off and we'll restart the preparation for the next game."

Chiefs will next be in Premiership action against Highlands Park on 2 October at Makhulong Stadium.

Los Blancos go top in La Liga

Real Madrid maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday taking them top of the table.

  • Real Madrid 1 Espanyol 0
  • Perez (35') denied by Courtois on the counter
  • Asensio (41') opens scoring with clinical strike
  • Lopez keeps out Modric and Ramos
  • Iglesias (65') hits the crossbar with chip

Match summary

Marco Asensio's first-half goal was all that separated the two teams on the night, as Julen Lopetegui's side battled to create many clear-cut chances against the hard-working Periquitos.

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Espanyol defended extremely well in the first half to limit Real Madrid's chances in the Spanish capital, while going close themselves on a couple of occasions.

The hosts threatened for the first time after just five minutes when Isco connected with Alvaro Odriozola's cutback from the right, but directed his first-time shot narrowly wide of the right post from 14 yards out.

A counter-attack from the Catalan outfit on 14 minutes led to an opening for Pablo Piatti, who dragged his shot wide of the far post from 18 yards out after being played in on the left by Hernan Perez.

Didac Vila was allowed to carry the ball a long way down the left channel on the half-hour mark before drilling an effort wide of the right post from 25 yards out, while at the other end Casemiro saw his long-range strike deflected wide of the right post three minutes later and headed wide at the back post from the resulting corner.

The visitors broke upfield again on 35 minutes and Perez tested Thibaut Courtois with a low shot from 17 yards out after cutting onto his left foot, but Los Blancos finally breached their defence four minutes before half-time.

Luka Modric's ball into the area deflected off two defenders into the path of Asensio, who fired a left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner of the net from 10 yards out. The offside flag initially went up, but the goal was given after VAR intervened.

The first half came to a close with Nacho glancing a header wide of the right post from a free-kick on the left in added time.

Diego Lopez was quickly called into action in the second half as he parried Modric's left-footed shot behind in the 48th minute, before a 20-yard curler from Isco on the left went just wide of the far post moments later.

A mistake from Sergio Ramos let in Borja Iglesias on 65 minutes after he kicked the ball straight into the striker, whose chip from the edge of the box came back off the crossbar with Courtois beaten.

Lopez then pulled off a fantastic save to tip Ramos' header over the bar on 73 minutes from Isco's fine cross on the left and Lucas Vazquez's strike from 19 yards out was easier for the visiting keeper to deal with two minutes later.

Marcos Llorente could only fire straight at Lopez from 15 yards out after being played into space on the right by fellow substitute Mariano seven minutes from time, and the home fans endured a nervy finish as Espanyol applied late pressure.

Stars edge Highlands Park for important win

Free State Stars claimed all three points in a 1-0 victory over Highlands Park at Goble Park on Saturday night.

Tshepho Tema scored the only goal of the game on a wet night of Premiership action to hand the Lions of the North their first defeat of the 2018/19 season.

The away side had started well, with Lindokuhle Mbatha trying his luck with a shot that flew off target, before Linda Bhengu fired just over at the other end as Sabelo Nyembe had a shot at goal that held up in the water.

Ea La Koto were probing well down the flanks, with Yusuf Jappie’s deliveries from the right-hand side causing problems for the Highlands defence.

Both sides continued to get forward and after Bhengu was off target, Denzil Haoseb was unable to direct a 23rd minute header goalwards.

Nyiko Mobbie and Goodman Dlamini both fired in good efforts that were inches away from breaking the deadlock, while Eleazar Rodgers was unlucky not to hand Stars the lead at the end of the first half.

The tall striker controlled a fierce drive from Dlamini but the ball just squirmed away as he looked to toe-poke past the onrushing Tapuwa Kapini, who kept out the shot with his outstretched foot.

Stars were on the attack at the start of the second period as a flick on from Rodgers from a Mobbie ball over the top found Bhengu, but he was forced away from goal to win an early corner.

The set-piece was whipped in by Jappie, but too long for Rodgers at the back post.

The home side then had to defend deep for a period as the Lions of the North played the ball around well ahead of a good break forward from Jappie that saw him just overrun the ball en route to goal.

A 55th minute free-kick, swung in by Mbatha, was headed backward and onto the Stars upright with Badra Ali Sangare beaten, and it proved to be a costly miss for Highlands Park, as Tema fired Stars ahead.

A deep free-kick from the right was headed back across goal by Rodgers where Bhengu tried to get his head on the ball, but it rolled to Tema who slotted in from a central position inside the small box.

Half chances kept coming for both sides, with Mbatha wide on 69 minutes after racing towards goal, while Mothobi Mvala powered a late strike just past the left hand upright.

Mobbie was dismissed on 75 minutes for what appeared to be an accidental stamp on Mbatha as the two tussles for the ball.

But Stars were able to see out the game, with Sangare the late hero with a brilliant save from close range from substitute Peter Shalulile.

Bayern breeze past Schalke

Bayern Munich were always in control as they defeated Schalke 2-0 at the VELTINS-Arena on Saturday evening.

  • Schalke 04 0 Bayern Munich 2
  • Rodriguez scores with just 8' played
  • Lewandowski nets from the spot on 64'

Match summary

Bayern should have won this game by a larger margin after taking an early lead, but were frustrated by a determined Schalke side, who restricted their opponents to just two goals, as Robert Lewandowski sealed the three points, from the penalty spot.

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It didn't take long for Bayern to threaten, with Thomas Muller blasting over a first-time shot after picking up a perfect pass from David Alaba.

Robert Lewandowski was then just unable to connect to a low, curled cross from James Rodriguez from the right-hand side, but the Colombian had no such problems minutes later as he nodded home a Joshua Kimmich corner ahead of defender Sebastian Rudy.

Schalke responded with a good passage of play, and Breel Embolo slipping in Franco Di Santo, but the striker's shot was casually collected by Bayern stopper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern though were always a threat in attack and Lewandowski so nearly set Rodriguez up for a second, although he saw his chipped effect expertly kept out by Ralf Fahrmann.

Alaba wasn't far off with a 29th minute free-kick from a long way out that skimmed the top of the crossbar. Franck Ribery was next unable to curl home towards the end of the first half after cutting in from the left hand side as the away maintained their dominance.

The away side really should have been further ahead just five minutes into the second half, but somehow Rodriguez missed a tap-in from Lewandowski's cut-back.

Schalke were by no means out of this game and Embolo went close, with 53 minutes on the clock with a header that flew just off target, from a Rudy free-kick from the left.

But if Bayern were unable to hit home from open play, then there was no doubt that Lewandowski would score from the spot after Alessando Schopf brought down Rodriguez inside the penalty area.

Alaba hit another audacious long-range free-kick that Fahrmann was forced to keep out, and after a few tactical changes from Bayern to take any potential late sting out of the game, Bayern cruised to their third successive Bundesliga win to leave Schalke on a run four league matches without a point.

Amakhosi march on with third straight win

Kaizer Chiefs' excellent recent form continued as they made it a hat-trick of league wins with a comfortable 2-0 victory over AmaZulu at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

  • Kaizer Chiefs 2 AmaZulu 0
  • AmaZulu have a 9th minute penalty turned down
  • Cardoso hits the bar in the 32nd minute
  • Mphahlele puts Chiefs ahead in the 43rd minute
  • Ngezana doubles the lead in the 58th minute
  • Amakhosi go joint-second on the table

Match Summary

Chiefs were on top for most of the first half, enjoying the lion's share of the goal-scoring chances and they deservedly went in front just before the interval. Ngezana's goal 12 minutes into the second half put the Soweto side firmly in control which is how it remained for the remainder of the game.

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After Chiefs had an early penalty scare when Siyabonga Ngezana appeared to take down Jabulani Ncubeni in the home box, Amakhosi assumed control as Bernard Parker in particular enjoyed a succession of chances.

But the score-line remained unchanged as Parker missed the target with his first shot on goal in the seventh minute, before drawing out a save from Usuthu keeper Moeneeb Josephs in the 14th minute, before electing to chest rather than head a Ramahlwe Mphahlele cross four minutes later, the ball going well wide of goal.

The Glamour Boys remained on the front foot, and were unlucky not to go ahead in the 32nd minute when Daniel Cardoso smashed a shot against the woodwork.

It was Mphahlele who was to break the deadlock, two minutes before the interval, as he volleyed in expertly after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Chiefs gave themselves some breathing space 12 minutes into the second half when Ngezana headed in at the far post with well-time effort from a Khama Billiat free kick.

Billiat was to squander a couple of half chances to extend the hosts' lead after twice miscuing volleyed attempts.

But that however proved inconsequential as the Glamour Boys played out the final 20 minutes in relative comfort, bar a couple of half chances for AmaZulu substitute Emiliano Tade, until the final whistle as their fine form continued.

Palace frustrated by Magpies

Despite thoroughly dominating Newcastle United, Crystal Palace were held to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

  • Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 0
  • Zaha overcomes early injury scare
  • Magpies uninspiring throughout
  • Palace frustrated

Match summary

A combination of poor finishing by the hosts and uninspiring, but effective, defensive tactics from Rafa Benitez' Newcastle outfit made for a dull 0-0 draw in a match where Crystal Palace were the best team throughout.

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Home fans were made to worry before the match even started as Wilfried Zaha left the pre-match warm-ups early with an apparent back problem. Fortunately he was able to shrug it off in time to start the match but it may have still had an impact on his performance for the rest of the match.

The early signs were good for the Eagles and they almost got off to the perfect start less than a minute after the match had kicked off. Andros Townsend picked out James McArthur with a delightful cross but he sent his header over the bar.

Newcastle nearly stole a goal of their own on 10 minutes as Ayoze Perez robbed the ball off James Tomkins before dribbling the length of the pitch and launching a shot straight at Wayne Hennessey, much to the relief of Tomkins.

The visitors tightened up immensely after McArthur's early chance and strangled the life out of Crystal Palace's attacking intent.

The home side were largely limited to speculative shots from range as Zaha struggled to find space in behind the defence, and Townsend was having a hard time finding his teammates with crosses into a crowded box.

On the balance of play and sheer stats along, Palace deserved to win this one after hitting 16 shots on goal to Newcastle's four, but in all honesty they never really looked that threatening in front of goal - which shows by the fact they only hit four chances on target.

Newcastle will be delighted to take a point away from home and it's difficult to argue with their choice of tactic after they got exactly what they came for at Selhurst Park. It just was not particularly entertaining to watch.

Spurs edge Brighton at the Amex

A goal apiece from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela was enough as Tottenham Hotspur beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at the Amex Stadium despite a late scare after Anthony Knockaert grabbed a goal in injury time.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2
  • Kane puts Spurs ahead from the spot
  • Brighton goal disallowed
  • Lamela adds the second
  • Knockaert gets one back

Match summary

Harry Kane grabbed the opener, as his well taken spot-kick handed Spurs the advantage after Glen Murray blocked Kieran Trippers free-kick with his arm.

Erik Lamela then came off the bench to add the second after a great piece of attacking build-up before Anthony Knockaert grabbed a late consolation in extra-time.

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Spurs came close to an opener from a corner in the 11th minute when Toby Alderweireld got on the end of a good corner from Trippier to send a bullet header towards goal, but Ryan produced a wonderful reaction save to deny the Belgian defender.

Brighton were dealt a blow as Dale Stephens was forced to leave the pitch after 20 minutes with a hamstring injury which saw the introduction of Beram Kayal.

Moussa Dembele showed his class in the 23rd minute as he turned well to release Danny Rose, who played a good cross towards Kane's flick-on that was deflected behind for a corner, which came to nothing.

In the 40th minute, Tottenham were awarded a penalty after Trippier’s free-kick deflected off Murray’s arm. Kane stepped up and made no mistake, blasting the ball into the bottom-left corner to give Spurs the lead at the break.

Christian Eriksen came close to adding a second goal for Tottenham early in the second half as he cut inside from the left flank before trying to bend an effort around Ryan, but the shot went wide of the post.

Brighton then had their first real chance as a corner eventually came out to Solly March who’s first shot deflected off Heung-Min Son and just over the bar. The resultant ball saw Brighton put the ball in the net, but only after the flag had gone up for offside.

Anthony Knockaert should have pulled Brighton level after Glen Murray did brilliantly to get the winger into space within the box. Knockaert managed to cut inside of Alderweireld, but the final effort was weak and easily saved by third-choice Spurs goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The second goal for Spurs came through Lamela after the Argentine set off a great attack down the left-hand side and interchanged with Moura and Rose before Lamela got into a good position in the box to sweep the ball home.

Knockaert grabbed a late consolation goal in fantastic style as he cut inside of Rose in the box before lashing a great shot into the far netting and 20 seconds later he had another go, but this time he couldn’t convert as Spurs sealed all three points.

Burnley back with a bang

Burnley were back to their absolute best as they claimed their first win of the season with a crushing 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at Turf Moor in the Premier League.

  • Burnley 4 Bournemouth 0
  • Vydra opens scoring
  • Lennon adds the second
  • Barnes brace makes it four

Match summary

The scoreline ultimately belied how back and forth this match actually was. But for some terrible finishing from the visitors, this match would have been a lot closer.

Matej Vydra eventually opened the scoring in the 39th minute before Aaron Lennon made it 2-0 less than two minutes later. Ashley Barnes (84', 88') then added a late brace to give the home side a big 4-0 win to kick start their season.

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It was an incredibly nervy start from both teams and Bournemouth perhaps missed an opportunity to take the game to their hosts early on.

They did apply a bit of pressure and Nathan Ake had a shot deflected into the crossbar around 18 minutes into the game, but it wasn't enough to really trouble the Clarets, who steadily built in confidence throughout the match.

Towards the end of the first half, the home side were really on the front foot and found the breakthrough in the 39th minute. Ashley Westwood had two shots blocked by Bournemouth defenders before a rebound dribbled to Vydra on the edge of the six-yard box and he drilled it into the back of the net.

Less than 180 seconds later they had doubled their advantage. Gudmundsson cut in off the right wing onto his left foot to cross the ball to Lennon on the far post, who made no mistake.

Half time could not come soon enough for the visitors, who had absolutely fallen to pieces by this stage. The Cherries have developed a reputation from clawing their way back into game in recent months and they looked determined to find a way back into this one as well.

They were on the attack instantly in the second half and rained chances on the Burnley goal. Unfortunately, they opted for quantity over quality and it did not pay off.

Barnes put the result beyond doubt with seven minutes left on the clock when Gudmundsson's cross landed at his feet after hitting the post and he poked home his side's third.

He added his second of the game five minutes later, this time finding himself on the right side of a sublime Lennon cross to stroke his brace into the far corner and hand his side their first league win of the season.

Citizens run rampant in Cardiff

Manchester City looked virtually unstoppable on Saturday afternoon as they romped to a 5-0 Premier League win over Cardiff at Cardiff City Stadium.

  • Cardiff 0 Manchester City 5
  • Aguero opens scoring
  • Silva makes it two
  • Gundogan adds the third
  • Mahrez bags a brace

Match summary

Manchester City dominated the match throughout, only allowing their hosts to have two shots at goal all game. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring the in the 32nd minute before Bernardo Silva made it 2-0 just three minutes later.

Less than a minute before half time, Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt when he scored the visitors' third and Riyad Mahrez (67', 89') wrapped up the scoring with a second-half brace.

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It was clear from early on that Cardiff were going to struggle. Ten minutes into the match they had only managed to get 24 percent of the possession.

The result could have been far worse if City had been more ruthless in front of goal with Gundogan in particular blowing a glorious opportunity around the half hour mark by somehow smashing a half-volley from less than 10 yards out well over the bar.

Fortunately for him, Aguero came to his rescue less than 120 seconds later. Gundogan actually started the move, lobbing the ball into the box for Silva to play it across for the Argentine to apply the finishing touch and make it 1-0 Man City.

The visitors kept up the pressure and Leroy Sane's 35th minute corner was a homing missile directed at Silva's head and he glanced a deft looping header over the Cardiff keeper to double his side's lead.

Mere moments before half time the result was already beyond doubt. Gundogan completed his retribution for his earlier miss, with a lovely one-two with Raheem Sterling before curling a beautiful shot into the top corner.

Cardiff were much better at the start of the first half and were actually able to test Ederson through a curling Danny Ward effort, but the Brazilian was equal to it.

That was about as close as the hosts got to getting anything from the game as from then on it was all Man City once again. Sane skewed an effort wide before Gundogan thrashed a free kick into the post.

Despite a bunch of misses, Mahrez added another in the 67th minute. A lovely passing move from the visitors ended with the Algerian tapping in one of the simplest goals of his career from very close range.

He then completed the scoring when he added his second of the game with seconds remaining on the clock. He reacted quickest to a rebounding ball in the box to blast into the bottom corner.

Hoffenheim unable to see off Dortmund

Hoffenheim had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund despite leading the match and conceding against 10 men at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Saturday.
  • Hoffenheim 1 Borussia Dortmund 1
  • Joelinton scores on 44'
  • Diallo red card on 77'
  • Pulisic levels on 84'
Match summary
 
Joelinton thought his goal was enough to hand Hoffenheim the win at home, but Christian Pulisic stole in with six minutes to play to secure a draw.
 
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Hoffenheim were on the front foot through Leonardo Bittencourt who saw an 18th minute attempt saved by Roman Burki.
 
Andrej Kramaric was next to get in a good goalscoring position for the hosts, but had his shot from outside the box blocked before Joshua Brenet did well to pick up Oliver Baumann, but he was unable to force a shot through Dortmund's backline.
 
Hoffenheim continued to press, and Kramaric and Steven Zuber were both wide. 
 
Signs though were there that Dortmund were starting to allow their opponents too much room, and after Joelinton came within inches of heading a Nico Schulz cross on target, the same player hit home with a fierce drive that found the bottom left corner of the Dortmund net, with 44 minute played.
 
Having capped the first half with a goal, Julian Nagelsmann's side continued where they left off after the break, with Bittencourt forcing Burki into a good early save.
 
Dortmund though were determined to get back into the tie but when a rare chance was converted, the decision was ruled out through VAR.
 
The near miss appeared to increase the combative nature of the game, with Joelinton trying his luck from range ahead of a missed chance at the other end from Shinji Kagawa on 55 minutes.
 
Burki kept out Joelinton minutes later as an Ermin Bicakcic header from very close range flew just over the target.
 
Hoffenheim were sure to rue these missed chance, and while Kagawa and Axel Witsel were both close to an equaliser, it looked like not being their day, especially after being reduced to 10 men when Abdou Diallo was dismissed on 75 minutes for a foul on Kramaric.
 
Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney both threatened as Dortmund refused to give up though, with their never-say-die attitude rewarded as Christian Pulisic connected to an 84th minute Reus free-kick to steer home for the all-important equaliser.
 
Both sides had chances to win it at the death, with Adam Szalai and Nico Schulz both going close for Hoffenheim, who ultimately had to settle for just a point.