Swansea wins thriller, Chelsea goes top; more EPL Saturday results
Swansea City came out on top in a nine-goal thriller to get Bob Bradley his first win in charge of the club, the first win ever by an American manager in the English top flight.
Elsewhere, Chelsea went top of the table by handing Tottenham its first defeat of the season, while Liverpool may be without playmaker Philippe Coutinho for a while after he sustained an injry against Sunderland.
Results and recaps from all of Saturday's EPL action below.
Swansea City loses 3–1 lead, comes back to win over Crystal Palace
Former’s U.S. men’s national team coach Bob Bradley picked up his first Premier League win on Saturday in thrilling fashion, leading Swansea City to a 5–4 comeback win over Crystal Palace.
Bradley, who was hired in October and began his time at Swansea 0-3-2, saw his club go up 3–1 on two goals from Leroy Fer and a free kick marker from Gylfi Sigurdsson only to lose their lead and eventually fall behind 4–3. It was a strike from Palace’s Christian Benteke that put them in front in the 84th minute.
But that wouldn’t bury Swansea. Substitute Fernando Llorente came on and found the net twice in stoppage time to put them back in front.
Crystal Palace is now No. 16 in the Premier League table at 3-8-2. Swansea improved to 2-8-3, sitting at No. 19.
Bradley is the first American manager to win a Premier League game.
Sergio Argüero scores twice, Man City gets comeback win vs. Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Sergio Aguero scored two scrappy goals as Manchester City recovered from conceding early to beat Burnley 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Both of Aguero's goals were scored from inside the six-yard box, his first in the 37th minute after the ball was bundled into his path unwittingly off Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi.
The winner came in the 60th after a melee and some clumsy defending in Burnley's penalty area, with Aguero eventually deflecting a shot into the net off his knee.
Aguero has scored 10 league goals this season, eight of them coming away from home in the form of four doubles.
City manager Pep Guardiola sprang some surprises in his lineup, dropping Kevin De Bruyne to the bench and leaving out John Stones, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan completely. Yaya Toure, back in favor with Guardiola, started for the second straight league game.
The visitors took a while to get in their stride and conceded in the 14th when Dean Marney met Otamendi's headed clearance with a volley from 25 meters.
Aguero had been a doubt with a foot injury sustained in City's 1-1 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, but he was fit enough to start and ended up making the difference.
City started the 13th round of games in third place, tied on points with second-placed Liverpool and a point behind Chelsea. City plays Chelsea at home next weekend.
Chelsea ends unbeaten Tottenham's start, stays top of league
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea ended Tottenham's unbeaten start to the English Premier League on Saturday with a 2-1 victory that capped a miserable week for its London rival.
Chelsea conceded for the first time in around 600 minutes in the league when Christian Eriksen put Tottenham in front but Pedro Rodriguez leveled on the stroke of halftime and Victor Moses completed the comeback after the break.
A seventh consecutive win kept Chelsea at the top of the standings while Tottenham slipped seven points off the pace as its largely unconvincing 12-game unbeaten run ended at a ground where it still hasn't won since 1990.
Tottenham's tenacious start suggested the barren run at Stamford Bridge could end, but collapsed just as it did in May when a 2-2 draw saw the north London's team title bid end.
Tottenham has only one win in 10 games and looks incapable of challenging again for its first title since 1961.
But as feeble and timid Spurs were in Monaco on Tuesday when exiting the Champions League, they were combative back in more familiar Premier League territory in the first half.
Chelsea was struggling to cope with Tottenham's pressing when it fell behind in the 11th minute. Dele Alli received the ball from Moussa Dembele and cut in from the left before squaring to Eriksen, who unleashed a volley past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea was being outplayed and Courtois kept out Kane's rising shot to prevent the visitors extending their lead.
And Pedro equalized when he switched the ball before his feet before curling a shot past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
What advantage Tottenham had was soon lost as Chelsea seized control six minutes after the break.
Diego Costa did the hard work down the left, allowing wing-back Moses to surge down the opposite flank and arrive in the penalty area unmarked. Moses met Costa's cutback from the byline and struck past both Lloris and Vertonghen who were on the goal-line.
In an intense derby, Tottenham could find no way back as Chelsea's revival under Antonio Conte continued.
Leicester grabs 2-2 draw vs. Middlesbrough with late penalty
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Islam Slimani converted an injury-time penalty as Leicester snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday, the latest disappointing result in the English champion's title defense.
Alvaro Negredo put Middlesbrough ahead twice at King Power Stadium and Leicester replied with two penalties, the first from Riyad Mahrez and then from substitute Slimani in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Leicester, which qualified midweek for the knockout stage of the Champions League, avoided a third straight Premier League defeat but has only won once in its last eight games and is two points above the relegation zone.
Negredo ended his goal drought stretching back to the first weekend of the season when he met Gaston Ramirez's low cross with a finish from 16 meters in the 13th minute.
Leicester, without the banned Danny Drinkwater, almost equalized from Shinji Okazaki's overhead kick that hit the woodwork but did draw level after Calum Chambers handled the ball in the area. Mahrez's penalty went in off the post for his seventh goal of the season.
The goal transformed the Foxes and Ramirez had to make a goal-saving challenge when he whipped the ball off Jamie Vardy's toes, just as it looked like the striker would end his own 14-game goal drought.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri turned to record signing Slimani with 25 minutes left as he replaced Vardy, who was still looking for a club goal since Sept. 10.
Leicester was completely caught out for Negredo's second, which came from Adam Forshaw's ball over the top. The Spanish striker raced into the area and planted a fine angled finish past Ron-Robert Zieler.
Middlesbrough was denied, though, when Morgan was fouled in the box by Marten de Roon and Slimani sent Victor Valdes the wrong way from the spot.
Hull grabs 1-1 draw to deny West Brom third straight EPL win
HULL, England (AP) — Captain Michael Dawson grabbed a second-half equalizer as Hull denied West Bromwich Albion a third straight English Premier League victory in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Gareth McAuley's 34th-minute opener looked set to send the Tigers sliding to another defeat on a misty afternoon until Dawson got the finishing touches to a long-range free kick from Robert Snodgrass in the 72nd.
Hull failed to muster a single shot of any description in the opening 50 minutes and the Baggies looked in little danger of having their surge into the top half of the table halted.
The visitors deserved their opening goal when Hull failed to deal with Matt Phillips' corner from the right and McAuley was on hand to head past helpless Hull goalkeeper David Marshall at KCOM Stadium.
West Brom wasted a chance of three points in injury time when substitute James McClean sent in a cross from the right and Salomon Rondon headed wide from in front of goal.
Liverpool overcomes Coutinho injury, beats Sunderland 2-0
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool overcame the loss of Philippe Coutinho to an ankle injury in the first half to beat Sunderland 2-0 and keep up its title challenge in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Coutinho was carried off on a stretcher in the 34th minute with his right leg in a brace after a challenge with Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong.
Divock Origi came on as Coutinho's replacement and put Liverpool ahead in the 75th minute with a curling shot into the far corner. James Milner converted a penalty in stoppage time to seal victory after Ndong tripped Sadio Mane.
Liverpool, which started the 13th round of games in second place, has lost only once this season.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wasn't immediately sure what Coutinho's injury was, but said the playmaker "had pain, but (the) pain gets better."
The loss put an end to Sunderland's mini-revival, after back-to-back wins lifted the team off the bottom of the standings. Sunderland manager David Moyes' poor record at Anfield continued — including his spells at Everton and Manchester United, Moyes hasn't won in 14 games.
The visitors conceded 78 percent of possession but managed to limit Liverpool to a handful of half-chances in the first half.
Part of Sunderland's success in negating the threat of Liverpool, which scored 17 times in five previous home league matches, was Jason Denayer's man-marking job on Coutinho.
The one occasion that the on-loan Manchester City defender lost his man resulted in Coutinho's injury, as Ndong's follow-through caught the right foot of the Brazilian, who was trying to jink past him.
Sunderland's one chance before the break fell to former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar but goalkeeper Loris Karius just got out quick enough to block.
Liverpool's frustration finally ended 15 minutes from time when Jordan Henderson picked out Origi on the left of the penalty area and the striker threaded a shot across a crowded box and inside the far post.
After Milner stepped up to score his fifth goal of the season, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp had the luxury of handing 17-year-old academy graduate Ben Woodburn a debut.