Everton 1 – Arsenal 6 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The Gunners took the advantage after 25 minutes at Goodison, Bendtner controlled out wide on the right and played the ball to Fabregas who quickly rolled it on to Denilson, and the youngster fired a 25-yard curler into the top corner. Ten minutes later the Wenger Boys went 2-up as newcomer Thomas Vermaelen headed home a RVP free-kick at the back post. Arsenal then claimed an all too simple third as William Gallas met a Fabregas free-kick after coming round the back of the Everton backline. It was game, set and match Arsenal after another free-flowing attack was finished by Cesc Fabregas at the start of the second half. Fabregas continued the Toffee humiliation running challenged through the Everton midfield and coolly finding the bottom corner for number five. At the death Arshavin poked a shot onto the post and Eduardo da Silva tapped in the rebound, and Louis Saha managed to bag a consolation in injury time.
Blackburn 0 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The Middle East revolution started in earnest at Ewood Park as Emmanuel Adebayor opened his City account after just three minutes as the forward started and finished an attack to tear through Rovers. (A different angle of the goal can be seen here.) The Citizens closed out their curtain-raiser with a second at the death from stalwart midfielder Stephen Ireland.
Chelsea 2 – Hull 1 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.)Â Â After Drogba and Terry missed presentable chances early doors, Hull stunned Stamford Bridge with Stephen Hunt tapping home from close range having been booed throughout. Didier Drogba made up for his earlier miss by equalising with a fine free-kick that gave Myhill no chance. Chelsea continued to create chances after the break, Anelka missing almost straight after the restart and Essien going close with a long-range effort with fifteen minutes remaining. Two minutes into injury-time, Didier Drogba claimed the winner with a terrific (and lucky) lob over Myhill.
Aston Villa 0 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Wigan’s Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega scored a pearler to put the visitors ahead at Villa striking a stunning 25-yard dipping shot on the angle that left Brad Friedel helpless. (First half highlights here.) A tidy finish from Jason Koumas ten minutes into the second half put Martinez 2-up in his first managerial match in the Premier League.
Wolves 0 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â West Ham made the breakthrough after 22 minutes, Carlton Cole played the ball across the face of the area and Mark Noble was given time and space to clip a fine shot over Wayne Hennessey. The Hammers again made the home side pay on 69 minutes when the unmarked Matthew Upson headed home Noble’s corner.
Bolton 0 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) Steve Bruce celebrated a win in his first Premier League game thanks to an early goal from Sunderland’s most expensive ever signing Darren Bent.
Stoke 2 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, August 15, 2009) Burnley tasted defeat in their first ever Premier League game, Ryan Shwacross and an og from Stephen Jordan were on the scoresheet as both goals came from set pieces.
PortsmouthÂ 0 – FulhamÂ 1 (Premier League, August 15, 2009)Â The Cottagers won at Fratton Park thanks to an early goal from Bobby Zamora.
Newcastle 3 – Reading 0 (Championship, August 15, 2009) A brilliant diving header from Shola Ameobi put the Magpies ahead at the break. On the hour it was two for the Toon as Ameobi again popped up to head home a Ryan Taylor cross. Shola Ameobi completed a hat-trick with a penalty to end a rare happy day for Newcastle.
Bristol City 1 – Crystal Palace 0 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Freddie Sears’s 30th minute effort crossed the line before bouncing out but officials chose not to award the goal in a hugely controversial screw-up. Nicky Maynard’s 90th minute goal won the match for City after the visitors failed to clear their lines.
Peterborough 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Craig Mackail-Smith’s goal on the hour earned the Posh a draw after Wednesday had taken the lead through James O’Connor.
Doncaster 1 – Preston 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Chris Brown fired the Lilywhites ahead on 28 minutes, but Adam Lockwood’s goal 10 minutes from time secured a point for Doncaster.
Brentford 0 – Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (League One, August 15, 2009)