The Premier League has returned: Arsenal see off the Baggies; Torres on target as Liverpool win at Sunderland; Hull get off the mark; Spurs falter at Boro

Sunderland 0 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) (LFC TV highlights here.) Fernando Torres struck with a quality finish from 25-yards out in the 85th minute to get Liverpool’s season off to a great start.

Arsenal 1 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Samir Nasri marked his debut with a goal four minutes into the new season, a classic Arsenal move saw the Frenchman tap home from a Denilson cross.

Everton 2 – Blackburn 3 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Blackburn moved ahead at Goodison Park, Pederson played in David Dunn who took a touched inside, steadied himself, and curled a sweet left-footer into the bottom right corner. But Paul Robinson was at fault for allowing Everton to equalise on the stroke of half-time, allowing Mikel Arteta to fire home a free-kick in the keeper’s near post from a tight angle. The Toffees moved ahead in the second half, Arteta burst down the left wing, fired in a cross, and Yakubu powered home a header. But back came Paul Ince’s side, Lescott defended poorly from a long ball, allowing Roque Santa Cruz free space in the box and Rovers’ leading striker levelled. Late on it was Andre Ooijer who scored the winner, tapping home from close range.

Hull City 2 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) New boys Hull pulled off a great win after Seol Ki-Hyeon had headed the Cottagers into the lead. Giovanni equalised with a fine curling effort and Caleb Folan slid home the winner after Fagan had robbed Konchesky.

Bolton 3 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Gretar Steinsson scored a stunner to give Bolton the lead over Stoke, smashing a bending shot from the right hand side of pitch which sailed into the far post off the underside of the bar. Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander added goals before the break, Ricardo Fuller scored the consolation for Stoke in injury-time.

West Ham 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) Dean Ashton scored two to give the Hammers an opening day victory, Amr Zaki scored a great left-footed volley for the Latics just after half-time.

Middlesbrough 2 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2008) David Wheater and Mido condemned Spurs to an opening day defeat to deflate much of their optimism after yet another impressive pre-season. Huth scored an og in injury-time.


Southport 1 – Harrogate 0 (Blue Square North, August 16, 2008) Southport’s winner was scored by Kilheeny in the 22nd minute.