Tottenham 1-1 Everton Erik Lamela cancelled out Ross Barkley’s first-half opener as Tottenham ...
Erik Lamela cancelled out Ross Barkley’s first-half opener as Tottenham hit back to earn a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park in their Premier League opener.
The hosts went ahead in the fifth minute when Barkley’s free-kick, possibly intended as a cross, bounced straight in, and they put in very encouraging, organised performance for the rest of the first half under their new manager.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham had offered little up to then but drew level in the 59th minute courtesy of Lamela’s header, and it subsequently took two superb late saves by Maarten Stekelenburg on his competitive Everton debut to ensure Spurs did not complete a turnaround as he denied substitute Vincent Janssen and Lamela.
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Brom
West Brom made a successful start to their Premier League campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory at Tony Pulis’ former club Crystal Palace.
In their first competitive fixture since it was announced Chinese investor Guochuan Lai had agreed a takeover deal, Salomon Rondon’s second-half header proved enough to defeat their uninspiring hosts.
Alan Pardew’s Palace had been the more creative team without looking likely to score amid West Brom’s fine defending. Their defeat owed largely to the same as so many of those from last season – the lack of a goalscoring threat.
It is little secret Palace’s pre-season had been undermined by their players’ exploits at Euro 2016.
Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke
Middlesbrough were forced to settle for a point on their Premier League return after Stoke rallied to a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium.
Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri beat Boro keeper Victor Valdes with a curling 67th-minute effort to cancel out debutant Alvaro Negredo’s opener as the Teessiders dominated for long periods in front of a crowd of 32,110.
Indeed, had the impressive Gaston Ramirez not been thwarted by both the post and the bar before the break, they might have had the points wrapped up long before the Potters levelled to snatch a 1-1 draw.
Burnley 0-1 Swansea
Burnley were dealt a cruel blow on their return to the Premier League as Leroy Fer sealed a 1-0 victory for Swansea City at Turf Moor.
Last year’s second-tier champions suffered their first league defeat ince Boxing Day, 24 games ago, as Dutchman Fer, who made his move to South Wales permanent in the summer, finished from close range in the 82nd minute.
The Swans had sold both Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams in the week but their resurgence under Francesco Guidolin carried on regardless, even though record signing Borja Baston was absent here and Gylfi Sigurdsson started on the bench.
Manchester City 2-1 Sunderland
An own goal from ex-Red Devil Paddy McNair on debut helped Manchester City begin the season with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Sunderland.
An equaliser from Jermain Defoe had looked like denying Guardiola in the Premier League opener at the Etihad Stadium but substitute McNair, signed from Manchester United this week, headed into his own net after 87 minutes.
Guardiola had made an immediate impact at City by dropping Joe Hart and Yaya Toure and on the field his side quickly took the lead with a Sergio Aguero penalty.
But Sunderland, responding to their new manager David Moyes, weathered the early storm and almost claimed a highly creditable point after Defoe netted his 144th Premier League goal.
Yet by the finish, the talk had refocused on Guardiola, who punched the air with satisfaction at the final whistle.
He could hardly have created bigger shockwaves by leaving out England number one Hart in a move certain to increase speculation over his future while one-time team lynchpin Toure did not even made the squad.