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Premier League: Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-0; West Ham miss penalty as Man United win

Associated Press Sunday, 19 September 2021, 20:19 Last update: about 26 days ago

Anything Liverpool can do, Chelsea can do exactly the same.

Chelsea continued matching each of Liverpool's results through the first five rounds of the Premier League season by beating Tottenham 3-0 on Sunday.

The European champions took the lead four minutes into the second half after Thiago Silva darted into space to meet a corner from Marcos Alonso with a header.

The goal was more fortuitous in the 57th minute after N’Golo Kante, who came on at halftime and changed the game, saw a shot heavily deflect off Eric Dier and go into the net off the post.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was kept busy to prevent Chelsea adding to its score until Antonio Rudiger fired in from distance in stoppage time.

Chelsea has 13 points, having scored 12 goals and conceded once like Liverpool, which beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday. Also setting the pace but behind Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference is Manchester United.

The match at Tottenham's stadium was preceded by a minute's applause to remember Jimmy Greaves, a former striker for the north London club and Chelsea, who died Sunday at the age of 81.

Cristiano Ronaldo began the comeback as Manchester United won 2-1 at West Ham thanks to Mark Noble missing a penalty in stoppage time for the hosts straight after being brought off the bench on Sunday.

The club captain was sent on by manager David Moyes to take the penalty after Luke Shaw handled in the area.

The long-serving midfielder, who retires at the end of the season, had not missed a spotkick since December 2016, but he was denied a winner by United goalkeeper David De Gea.

It was a dramatic end to a thrilling match that saw Jesse Lingard score the winner for United against the club he starred for while on loan last season. The England forward curled into the net in the 89th minute.

Ronaldo had earlier scored his fourth goal in three matches since returning to United, cancelling out Said Benrahma’s deflected opener for the hosts.

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