Impressive Everton condemned champions Chelsea to a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park. Substitute Steven Naismith scored a perfect hat-trick (header, left foot, right foot) to leave the West London club reeling and suffering their worst league start to a season since 1986.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho’s woes continue to mount as his side have now conceded twelve goals in just five games, while striker Diego Costa has scored just one league goal during this campaign. But opposing manager Roberto Martinez will be delighted by side’s resolute defending and clinical finishing.
The perfect day for Naismith and Everton (Premier League)
After five games the champions are already ELEVEN points behind rivals Manchester City, who overcame a stubborn Crystal Palace to maintain their perfect start to the season. Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho came on in the 90th minute to score a stoppage time winner. Also, Kevin de Bruyne made his first appearance for the Manchester club as a first half substitute to injured Sergio Aguero.
18 year old Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates his winner (Manchester City)
Meanwhile, Arsenal beat bogey team Stoke through goals from Walcott and Giroud. The Gunners were dominant throughout the game and menacing in attack, but failed to convert the many chances they created.
Premier League scores for September 12th
Ten man Watford registered their first win of the season against an unbeaten Swansea side. Odion Igalho found himself free in the penalty area to side-foot the ball past Lukasz Fabianski. Valeron Behrami was sent off mid-way through the second half for deliberate stamping on Andre Ayew.
In other games, a Wes Hoolahan inspired Norwich overcame Bournemouth 3-1, while West Brom and Southampton shared a goalless draw at The Hawthorns.
In the evening game, Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1 in a game neither team could afford to lose. The highlight of the game included a spectacular strike from Christian Benteke and a wonderful solo goal from United £36 million signing Anthony Martial. David de Gea also started his first league game of the season following a U-turn after signing a new £200k per week deal with the Old Trafford club.
An early contender for goal of the season? Benteke's wonder strike (Youtube)