Premier League Week 7 Results: Scores and Recap for Top Clubs in Action Saturday
The English Premier League table remains jumbled at the top, but Saturday's action did separate the top clubs from the rest somewhat.
While Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea do not play until Sunday, the rest of the big-time clubs in England took care of business to stay competitive in the league. The day also saw a breakout performance from 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj, plus there were a number of other great showings.
Here is a look at the start of Week 7 action, including recaps on the biggest matches of the day.
|Cardiff City||1-2||Newcastle United|
|Hull City||0-0||Aston Villa|
Manchester City 3, Everton 1
Believe it or not, Everton were actually above Manchester City in the table entering the week. Like it had in the past few seasons, Everton simply took care of business against worse teams to stay among the better clubs in the league.
However, the road team was no match for Manchester City in this one.
Everton got on the board first with a goal in the 16th minute by Romelu Lukaku. However, the lead did not last long, as City were able to earn the equalizer just a minute later. Yaya Toure provided a great through ball for Alvaro Negredo to finish with a goal.
Sergio Aguero then helped his side get the lead shortly before halftime with another strong play.
The lead extended to 3-1 when City scored on a penalty shot that will go down as an own goal against Tim Howard. The goalkeeper made the save, but it took an unfortunate bounce off his head back into the net.
This was a big bounce-back performance for Manchester City after suffering a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a 3-2 loss to Aston Villa in league play.
The offensive talent is obviously there to have a good season, but consistent play will be important going forward.
Manchester United 2, Sunderland 1
This story in this match was all about Adnan Januzaj. The 18-year-old phenom made his Premier League debut against Sunderland with high expectations, but few could have imagined he would have this much success so early.
The Belgian scored both of Manchester United's goals on the day, and he probably earned himself a lot more playing time in the future. Manager David Moyes had this to say about the young player:
Moyes on Januzaj "He is going to be a great talent, a really special talent. He showed that with his goals & his great ability on the ball."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2013
Craig Gardner gave Sunderland some hope at the start of the match when he scored a goal at the five-minute mark. However, the club could not get much more going on the attack and only had one more shot on goal all match.
United dominated the effort and made a big move to get closer to the top of the table. Still, it will take a long time for the reigning champs to get back there after a miserable start to the year.
Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 1
At least until Arsenal takes the pitch Sunday, Liverpool will stand on top of the league table thanks to another impressive showing, this time against Crystal Palace.
Luis Suarez—who scored two goals in his Premier League debut a week ago—led things off once again with an impressive goal while falling down in the 13th minute.
Daniel Sturridge matched his teammate by scoring a difficult goal from the left side to increase the lead to 2-0 at only the 17th minute. That extended to 3-0 when Steven Gerrard scored a penalty in the first half.
While Crystal Palace were able to get onto the scoresheet with a late header, it was clear that the Reds were the more dominant club on the day.
With five wins in seven matches, as well as one of the top attacks in the league, Liverpool is certainly showing that they will be competitive all season.
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