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Best start since 1894 vaults Everton to top of Premier League

Sports Desk, Oct 3 (efe-epa).- Everton thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2 on Saturday to go top of the Premier League with 12 points from 12.

With wins in their first seven competitive matches for the first time since 1894, the Toffies are 3 points ahead of Merseyside rivals and reigning PL champions Liverpool, though the Reds and Leicester City – also on 9 points – each have a game in hand.

Chelsea, Newcastle United and promoted Leeds United are level with 7 points from four matches, but the Blues are fourth thanks to a better goal difference.

The day’s action began at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea rebounded from an embarrassing loss last week to West Brom with a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace.

Ben Chilwell opened the scoring in 50th minute on what was his Chelsea debut before providing an assist just 16 minutes later, curling a ball in from the corner for Kurt Zouma to head-in.

Tyrick Mitchell brought Tammy Abraham down in the box in the 78th minute and Chelsea were awarded a penalty that was neatly converted by Jorginho. The south London team’s woes worsened further when Sakho made a sloppy tackle on Kai Havertz four minutes later.

The referee pointed to the spot again and Jorginho converted to seal the match.

Palace, who opened the season with consecutive victories, slip to ninth with 6 points from four matches.

At Goodison Park, Dominic Calvert-Lewis became the first English player to score in four consecutive Premier League games for two decades when he opened the scoring against Brighton in the 16th minute with a header.

It was his ninth goal in Everton’s last six games in all competitions.

Brighton’s Neal Maupay kept the Seagulls’ hopes alive when he pushed the ball across the line following a fumble from Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Colombia international James Rodriguez fired in a corner that countryman Yerry Mina headed-in to put Carlo Ancelotti’s side ahead 2-1 before the break.

James added a pair of goals in the second half before Brighton’s Yves Bissouma scored a spectacular goal in the dying moments as a consolation.

The loss leaves Brighton in 14th place, with 3 points after four games.

On a soggy day in Leeds, the hosts and Manchester City battled to a 1-1 draw.

A major talking point ahead of the match was the encounter between City’s Pep Guardiola, winner of multiple LaLiga, Bundesliga, Premier League and Champions League titles, and the man he credits for inspiring his approach to the game: Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Both squads played the high-energy attacking style espoused by their respective coaches.

Raheem Sterling put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute with a goal that was the result of great individual effort. At the other end of the pitch, City keeper Ederson was tested on a couple of occasions before the break.

Nine minutes into the second half, Bielsa turned to his bench and found Spanish international Rodrigo, who hit the cross-bar on his first touch, got the equalizer just before the hour mark thanks to a rare mistake by Ederson.

The keeper redeemed himself 11 minutes later, denying Rodrigo to ensure that City would take at least a point away from the game.

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