Rolling Stone India Pitch: Leicester City and Jamie Vardy Run Riot at Manchester City
The English striker is the only player to score two hattricks against Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues
Matchday three of the Premier League saw Leicester City slam five past Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea play out a high scoring draw, Tottenham Hotspur dropping points, Liverpool maintain their 100 percent record this season and more.
Even though Leicester City went a goal down to Manchester City via a splendid strike from former player Riyad Mahrez early in the game, the Foxes fought back for an astounding 5-2 victory. Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues gave away three penalties in the game, two of which were slotted home by striker Jamie Vardy who also bagged one more. The hattrick by the Englishman made him the first player to score two hattricks against Guardiola’s City.
Frank Lampard’s new Chelsea recruits got a rude awakening at The Hawthorns against West Brom. The London club found themselves three goals down in the first half due to their own errors. Lampard’s tactical changes in the second half and a brilliant performance from midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi was enough for Chelsea to salvage a point from the game which finished 3-3. West Brom boss Slaven Bilic said, “It’s disappointing as the boys did well enough to get all three points.”
Manchester United’s 3-2 win at Brighton was filled with talking points. Most notably the penalty awarded to United was after the full-time whistle, due to a handball given after being viewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as well as the on-field match referee with the help of the touchline monitors. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “I don’t think we ever scored after the final whistle, no that’s right. But of course, their handball was before full-time so it’s the probably right thing to do and for us it’s a big thing.”
There was more drama in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. Jose Mourinho’s men were given a late penalty against them late in the game via VAR which infuriated the Spurs coach. Not wanting to make a mention about the incident to avoid a fine, Mourinho said after the game, “If I want to give some money away, I would give it to charity, I don’t want to give it to the FA, so I don’t want to comment.”
Other results included Liverpool winning 3-1 against Arsenal, Crystal Palace losing 2-1 to Everton, West Ham United thumping Wolves 4-0 and Aston Villa scoring 3 without reply versus Fulham.
Matchday four of the Premier League will see Chelsea host Crystal Palace, Manchester City travel to newly-promoted Leeds United, Arsenal welcome Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur go to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, Aston Villa play Liverpool at home and more.
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