Haaland, Silva help Man City avoid defeat, Leeds blanks Chelsea 3-0
Sports Desk, Aug 21 (EFE).- Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva put the brakes on Newcastle’s euphoria at St. James Park and avoided defeat for their Manchester City squad, who were on the ropes until Kevin De Bruyne caught fire, although he did not score.
Despite giving up an early two-goal lead, Newcastle showed that it is serious this season and although they might not be primed to vie for the Premier League title, they certainly appear to be ready to keep the season’s encounters lively.
It’s pretty unusual for Pep Guardiola’s boys to go through a bad stretch in any match, but that’s what came about this time as the hosts were ahead by two early in the second half.
It was Ilkay Gundogan who got Newcastle on the board first in the fifth minute, with Miguel Almiron evening things up in the 28th minute. Then, Callum Wilson put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute and there matters stood at the break.
Nine minutes into second half play, Trippier made it 3-1 and it looked like Newcastle was en route to a well-deserved victory, but Haaland found the twine seven minutes later and then Silva did the same three minutes after that for the final 3-3 result.
Meanwhile, Leeds drubbed Chelsea 3-0 at Ellan Road before 40,000 fans with tallies by Brendan Aaronson in the 32nd minute, Rodrigo Moreno five minutes later and then Jack Harrison in the 68th minute.
Chelsea’s Koulibaly was booted on double yellow cards – in the 10th and 84th minutes – and the whole encounter was a loss to be worried about for Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Finally, Brighton got the drop on West Ham, dealing them a 2-0 loss on the latter’s home turf and sending them down into last place in the table without either points or tallies so far this season.
Meanwhile, with the win Brighton is undefeated with seven points and in the upper echelon of the table.
A VAR-reviewed shot by Alexis Mac Allister got Brighton on the board but the fans had to wait until the 66th minutes for the 2-0 to be scored by Leandro Trossard, taking advantage of a huge gap in the West Ham defense.