Everton Beats Chelsea in Premier League; Arsenal, Man. Utd. Win
Everton defeated Chelsea 1-0 in English soccer’s Premier League, as Arsenal and Manchester United also won.
Steven Naismith’s goal gave Everton its first win of the season. Aaron Ramsey scored twice as Arsenal won 3-1 at Sunderland and Manchester United beat 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 for new manager David Moyes’s first home victory.
Tottenham beat Norwich 2-0, Newcastle won 2-1 at Aston Villa, West Brom got a late 1-1 draw at Fulham, Hull and Cardiff drew 1-1 and the game between Stoke and Manchester City finished 0-0.
Naismith, celebrating his 27th birthday, scored in first-half stoppage time at Goodison Park to give new manager Roberto Martinez his first win after three straight draws to open the season. Jose Mourinho suffered the first loss of his second stint as Chelsea manager.
Everton scored just before halftime when Leon Osman sent a cross from the right to the far post. Nikica Jelavic headed it back toward the center where Naismith nodded the ball into the net.
In Sunderland, Arsenal took the lead in the 11th minute with the help of Mesut Ozil, who was making his debut following his club-record 42.7 million-pound ($68 million) move from Real Madrid this month. The German sent a through ball to Olivier Giroud, who scored his fifth goal of the season.
Sunderland drew even three minutes into the second half on Craig Gardner’s penalty kick before Ramsey put Arsenal back in front in the 67th minute.
Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore put the ball in the net three minutes later, but it was disallowed because referee Martin Atkinson had whistled a foul moments before. Ramsey then clinched the victory with 14 minutes remaining.
With former coach Alex Ferguson watching at Old Trafford in Manchester, United took the lead just before halftime after Ashley Young went down from a challenge by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Referee Jon Moss awarded a penalty kick and showed Dikgacoi a red card.
Van Persie converted the penalty to end United’s first two-game goalless run since 2007. Rooney, who returned after missing the last match with a gash in his head from a collision with teammate Phil Jones during training, then clinched the victory with a free kick in the 81st minute.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored once in each half in Tottenham’s home win over Norwich, while Hatem Ben Arfa scored one goal and set up another from Yoan Gouffran as Newcastle won at Aston Villa.
Gareth McAuley headed in a corner kick in injury time to give West Brom the draw at Fulham, which got a first-half goal from Steve Sidwell. Peter Whittingham’s goal gave Cardiff the equalizer at Hull after the hosts had taken the lead from a Curtis Davies strike. Stoke drew at home with Manchester City for the fifth straight time in the league.
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