The English Premier League is starting to heat up, and Everton's victory capped off a terrific day of action.
There was a full slate of fixtures on Saturday, so fans had plenty to watch. A few of the matches were between teams near the top of the standings, which led to intriguing action.
Below are the results from each of Saturday's matches, courtesy of the Premier League's official website.
|Manchester United||2-0||Crystal Palace|
|Aston Villa||1-2||Newcastle United|
|Hull City||1-1||Cardiff City|
|Stoke City||0-0||Manchester United|
Here are some of the fixtures that stood out the most.
Manchester United 2 - Crystal Palace 0
The Red Devils failed to win either of their first two fixtures in EPL play, but they have been able to get two consecutive victories after their latest match.
Crystal Palace were called for a controversial penalty right before halftime. They weren't happy with the call, as they thought United's Ashley Young dove. The referee awarded United a penalty, and Robin Van Persie found the back of the net to put his team up 1-0 going into the break.
United were expected to win given that Crystal Palace had managed only one draw in three previous matches. However, this game was big because of what happened near the end of the fixture.
Wayne Rooney took a free kick in the 81st minute, with his team still clinging to a one-goal lead. He was able to bend it to the near post in what will be shown in many in highlights tonight.
The Red Devils needed to see Rooney score at some point. He has only played in a couple of matches since returning from a head injury, so this was a big step for Rooney and his club.
Sunderland 1 - Arsenal 3
Arsenal were stunned in their opener, but they have rebounded rather nicely. Three straight victories have the Gunners tied atop the standings.
Olivier Giroud continued his fast start to the season with a goal in the 11th minute. It would remain 1-0 until Sunderland were able to convert a penalty only moments after the break.
From that point on, it was all Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey was able to score midway through the second half to give his team a 2-1 lead. However, Sunderland believed they had tied the game when Jozy Altidore got one by the keeper. The referee had called a foul, which wiped out the goal and upset the home squad.
Less than 10 minutes after he gave his club the lead, Ramsey added another goal to seal the victory.
Ramsey overshadowed Mesut Ozil's Arsenal debut. The big acquisition looked good in his first fixture with the squad, and he set up Giroud's goal in the first half.
Everton 1 - Chelsea 0
Samuel Eto'o made his debut for Chelsea on Saturday, but his squad was unable to get a point against Everton.
Steven Naismith celebrated his birthday in grand fashion. The 27-year-old scored the only goal of the match right before halftime, and his squad was able to hold on in the second half.
It was a fairly even match, as both squads had opportunities to score, but only Naismith was able to get a goal.
Everton have managed only three draws in EPL play this season, so getting a win like this against a tough opponent gives the club a boost.
Chelsea have failed to score in two consecutive matches now, and the club is looking for answers. Their next match will be against Fulham, so we'll see if any adjustments are made to the offense.
*All information is courtesy of PremierLeague.com