Manchester City 1 – Chelsea 3 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Robinho took centre stage at Eastlands by breaking the deadlock after just 12 minutes, curling a free-kick past Petr Cech. But City’s lead lasted just three minute, Ricardo Carvalho rocketed home a strike following a Chelsea corner. Towards the end of the first half Chelsea had several chances to move ahead, but Malouda’s header struck the bar and Anelka’s shot was easily saved (both chances here) while Ashely Cole’s shot was just a little too high. (First half highlights here.) After the break the Blues raced into the lead with a free-flowing goal expertly finished by Frank Lampard. Scolari’s charges looked to have moved out of sight in the 69th minute, Anelka coolly slotting home the third, only for John Terry to leave Chelsea with only 10-men after he was sent off for a bear-hug on Jo when clean through.
Liverpool 2 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) It only took Dimitar Berbatov three minutes to announce himself to Manchester United, the Bulgarian ran the right hand channel, crossed to the edge of the box and Carlos Tevez fired the champions into an early lead. Dirk Kuyt had early chances to level, particularly after Van der Sar made a hash of a cross. And Van der Sar’s insecurity continued in the first half to gift Liverpool an equaliser, from Alonso’s shot the goalie’s clearance ricocheted off Wes Brown and into the net. Giggs went close with a fine effort on 70 minutes. With fifteen minutes to go, Mascherano attacked down the right, the ball fell to Kuyt who crossed for Ryan Babel to put Liverpool into the lead. To add insult to injury Nemanja Vidic was sent-off late on.
Blackburn Rovers 0 – Arsenal 4 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) England hero Theo Walcott played in Robin van Persie to flick Arsenal ahead early doors at Ewood Park. Seconds later, Santa Cruz had a great chance to level after the ball broke in the box. In an open game, van Persie should have grabbed his second just before the half hour but he hit his effort into the side netting. Blackburn continued to threaten, but no one could get on the end of a dangerous cross from Emerton. On the stroke of half-time, Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first goal of the season, heading in a Denilson cross. (First-half highlights and analysis here.) After the break Eboue went close with a stinging shot. Emannuel Adebayor side-footed home a penalty for the third after Eboue had (dived?) been felled in the box. The Togolese striker completed his hat-trick in injury-time, rounding Robinson from a Ramsey through ball.
Newcastle 1 – Hull 2 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) A Marlon King double piled on the misery at St. James’ Park before new-boy Xisco bagged a debut goal for the Toon before Danny Guthrie was sent off late on.
Portsmouth 2 – Middlesbrough 1 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) Mido gave Middlesbrough the lead at Fratton Park, curling the ball past David James at his near post. A second-half brace from Jermain Defoe gave Pompey the victory.
West Brom 3 – West Ham 2 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) Zola had barely taken his seat in the West Ham dugout by the time a James Morrison header had the home side in front after just two minutes. After a Roman Bednar miss, the Hammers kicked into gear with goals from Mark Noble and skipper Lucas Neill. But it was squared up again within 60 seconds. Robert Green spilled a shot and compounded the error by hauling down Leon Barnett, allowing Bednar to drill the penalty straight down the middle.The Baggies stole the win late on, Chris Brunt scored the winner to hand Zola a debut defeat.
Fulham 2 – Bolton 1 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) Zoltan Gera opened his account for the Cottagers with an emphatic 15th-minute finish and Bolton cracked for a second time when Bobby Zamora pounced shortly before half-time. Kevin Davies took advantage of a moment of hesitancy in the Fulham defence to pull a goal back with nine minutes to go.
Wigan 1 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, September 13, 2008) Titus Bramble’s early own goal, heading beyond Chris Kirkland put Sunderland in front, before some hesitant defending by the Black Cats allowed Amr Zaki to bag his fourth goal of the season to level 12 minutes from time. Lee Cattermole was sent off late on for the Latics.