Tottenham 1 – Manchester United 3 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Tottenham raced out of the gates against United, Vidic could only send a header into the path of Jermain Defoe after just sixty seconds and the hot-shot Spurs forward scored a terrific bicycle-kick. It took the Red Devils some time to get into their stride but then in the 25th minute Ryan Giggs rolled back the years to curl home a stunning free-kick past Cudicini. Four minutes before the break Fergie saw his team take the lead, Anderson crashing home number two after Spurs (and Ledley King) failed to clear their lines from a corner. (First-half goals here.) Paul Scholes collected a pair of reckless yellow cards to get sent off after the break, but Spurs failed to press home their numerical advantage and it was Wayne Rooney who expertly scored a killer third for United.
Manchester City 4 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) After William Gallas had headed over for Arsenal, City took the lead in familiar fashion against the Gunners. Micah Richards headed towards the far corner from a Barry free-kick, Manuel Almunia reacted late, pushed on to the post and saw the ball rebound back off him for the opener. The Gunners looked the better team at the start of the second half and Robin van Persie claimed the equaiser with a good finish from his weaker right foot. The game was now end-to-end but it was City who took the lead again, Richards fed Craig Bellamy who fired home. The third came from (who else) but Emmanuel Adebayor, who controversially ran over to the Arsenal fans to celebrate. On the break Shaun Wright-Phillips claimed the fourth with a fine chipped finish before Thomas Rosicky marked his comeback with a consolation for Arsenal.
Liverpool 4 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here and MOTD here.) Liverpool’s opener came down the right, Johnson fed Yossi Benayoun who nutmegged Alexander and rolled the ball past Jensen. The Israeli playmaker was the provider of the second, Jensen couldn’t hold his shot and Dirk Kuyt followed up. Steven Gerrard was the creator of the third which was tapped in by Yossi Benayoun. Benayoun completed his hat-trick following a well-worked move.
Stoke 1 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) The Britannia went wild when Aboudalaye Faye headed over Cech from a Whealen cross. On the stroke of half-time Didier Drogba equalised for Ancelotti’s side with a blistering left-footed finish. (First-halfÂ goals here.) Chelsea stole the points with almost the last kick of the game, Florent Malouda crashing home a 94th minute winner for the Pensioners.
Sunderland 4 – Hull 1 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Darren Bent put Sunderland in front from the penalty spot, Kamil Zayatte equalised for Hull. (First-half goals here.) The Black Cats re-took the lead when Andy Reid drilled a low shot into the far corner and the game was put to bed after 66 minutes, Bent running on to Anton Ferdinand’s long ball and scoring. An own goal from Zayatte wrapped up the Sunderland win.
Portsmouth 2 – Bolton 3 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The bottom two of the Premier League at kick-off played out an action packed first-half. Tamir Cohen scored his second in two games to put the Trotters ahead, Younes Kaboul scored his second of the season to equalise only for Matt Taylor to put Bolton ahead again from the penalty spot. (First-half goals here.) Kevin Prince Boateng brought Pompey back level after the break before Gary Cahill met a Samuel throw-in to hend the Trotters a valuable three away points. Pompey remain rock-bottom on zero points.
Blackburn 3 – Wolves 1 (Premier League, September 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) El-Hadji Diouf had celebrated his return to the starting line-up by giving his side a 19th-minute head-start when he raced clear and slotted the opener through Hennessey’s legs. (First-half goals here.) Jason Roberts’ slight touch on Gael Givet’s header was enough to steer Rovers’ second past Wayne Hennessey, and Roberts did all the hard work to tee up his side’s third for David Dunn. Wolves did bag a consolation two minutes from time when debutant Stefan Maierhofer controlled a corner and poked home from the edge of the six-yard box.