Liverpool and Leeds United performed out a wild opener, the place Premier League’s reigning champions got here out on high 4-3.
- Associated Press
- Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 1:42 AM IST
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Adopting his trademark crouching place within the technical space, Marcelo Bielsa carefully studied the mayhem unfolding in entrance of him on the Anfield pitch. Bielsa’s first English Premier League sport as a supervisor was barely a half-hour outdated and already there’d been 5 objectives, numerous probabilities and livid, end-to-end drama.
Back within the high division after a 16-year absence, Leeds is actually going to be a enjoyable watch beneath the Argentine teaching nice this season. Bielsa’s group went toe-to-toe with Liverpool within the first match of the champion’s title protection and was denied a degree solely after conceding a late penalty, transformed by Mohamed Salah to finish his hat trick and a 4-Three win for the hosts.
“It was eventful,” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk mentioned with a smile, summing up a chaotic match. “They are going to present bother to many groups within the league.”
Leeds didn’t take a step again with its intense urgent fashion, coming from behind thrice at an empty Anfield after initially going behind to Salah’s first penalty of the sport within the fourth minute.
Salah was given the possibility to win the match within the 88th minute after a foul by Leeds’ high-profile new signing, Spain striker Rodrigo, and the Egypt ahead didn’t waste it.
It was rather more simple for Arsenal in opposition to one other promoted group because the Premier League began a month later than scheduled as a result of pandemic that’s nonetheless stopping followers from attending video games.
Fulham was swotted apart in a 3-Zero residence loss to the Gunners, with Willian organising the entire objectives on his debut after a cross-London change from Chelsea.
Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel one other debutant from Brazil, like Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been the beneficiaries at Craven Cottage.
It already seems to be like its going to be an extended season for Fulham, whose defending was suspect once they had been relegated from the Premier League two seasons in the past after conceding a division-high 81 objectives.
Arsenal opened league play having already featured within the first match of the English season, the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium the place it beat Liverpool final month.
Also on Saturday, Wilfried Zaha scored early as Crystal Palace defied an extended harm listing to beat Southampton 1-0.
West Ham hosted Newcastle within the late sport.