Palace Joins Newcastle, Norwich With First Premier League Wins
Crystal Palace beat Sunderland 3-1 to join Newcastle and Norwich in claiming their first wins of the season in English soccer’s Premier League.
Danny Gabbidon, Dwight Gayle and Stuart O’Keefe score in Palace’s home victory, while Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal with four minutes remaining lifted Newcastle over Fulham 1-0.
Nathan Redmond scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Norwich beat Southampton, Manchester City defeated Hull City 2-0, Stoke won 1-0 at West Ham and Everton drew 0-0 at Cardiff.
At Selhurst Park in south London, Gayle broke a 1-1 tie with a 79th-minute penalty kick after being taken down by John O’Shea, who received a red card. O’Keefe then sealed the win with a goal in stoppage time.
Gabbidon gave Palace the lead from close range in the ninth minute and Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher tied the score early in the second half.
Newcastle controlled play at St. James’ Park but didn’t break through until the closing minutes, when Ben Arfa fired a left-footed shot from the edge of the area into the corner. The goal denied Fulham its first three-game away winning streak since 2008.
At Carrow Road in Norwich, Sunderland’s Adam Lallana hit the post to keep the teams scoreless at halftime. Norwich took the lead in the 68th minute when Redmond sent a low shot from 20 yards out past goalkeeper Artur Boruc for his first Premier League goal.
Alvara Negredo and Yaya Toure scored as Manchester City rebounded from last week’s surprise loss at Cardiff.
Hull’s Sone Aluko went one-on-one against goalkeeper Joe Hart in the seventh minute but shot wide. The Tigers then put the ball in the net in the 11th minute, but Danny Graham was ruled offside when he volleyed in Robbie Brady’s cross.
Negredo came on for Edin Dzeko to start the second half and gave City the lead in the 65th minute with a header. Toure then curled in a free kick from the edge of the penalty area in the final minute to clinch the victory.
Jermaine Pennant also scored with a free kick in the 82nd minute as Stoke beat West Ham for just its second win in the past 13 away Premier League matches. Everton dominated play at Cardiff but only put three of 13 shots on target in opening the season with a third straight draw.
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