Premier League: Rashford rescues United, Chelsea stays perfect

Chelsea picked up a third win to remain perfect so far in Premier League play, while Arsenal beat Watford for its first win.
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HULL, England (AP) — Marcus Rashford scored two minutes into stoppage time to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win at Hull and a third straight victory to open the English Premier League on Saturday.

Rashford capped an impressive cameo as a second-half substitute by tapping in from close range after Wayne Rooney cut in from the left and sent across a low ball.

After previous wins over Bournemouth and Southampton, United was on course to drop points for the first time this season in the face of an obdurate defensive performance by promoted Hull, which also won its first two games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's three-match scoring run came to end, but United was saved by another striker at the opposite end of his career. The 18-year-old Rashford burst onto the scene in the second half of last season, earning a place in England's European Championship squad, but has been displaced by Ibrahimovic under new coach Jose Mourinho.

United joined Chelsea on maximum points after three games.

Chelsea 3, Burnley 0

LONDON (AP) —Chelsea continued its perfect start to the English Premier League under new manager Antonio Conte, beating Burnley 3-0 on Saturday.

Chelsea has nine points from three league games with Conte, who moved to Chelsea after leading Italy to the European Championship quarterfinals.

Newly promoted Burnley quickly fell behind at Stamford Bridge when Eden Hazard shot from outside the area in the ninth minute for his second goal in three matches, and Willian made it 2-0 in the 41st with a low shot after an assist from Diego Costa.

Pedro's cross set up Victor Moses for a third goal in the 89th.

Burnley may have beaten Liverpool with 19 percent possession of the ball last weekend, but Conte's rampant side never looked remotely like falling for the counter-punch.

In fact the only surprise was that it scored just three as Hazard and Costa could probably have got a hat trick each.

Hazard got the ball rolling when he collected Nemanja Matic's pass inside his own half and galloped unchallenged down the left toward the Burnley penalty area.

The Belgian skipped inside Clarets defender Michael Keane before curling his shot past keeper Tom Heaton and inside the far post from 20 yards.

Costa was having a quiet first half but he could have doubled the lead when Oscar cut the ball back in the area, but the Spaniard's first-time shot was straight at Heaton.

Instead, Costa turned provider five minutes before halftime, knocking a square ball to Willian who instead of playing the one-two, simply stepped past Matt Lowton and lashed an angled drive past Heaton.

Burnley did not manage a single effort on goal in the first half, while Dean Marney's shot at the beginning of the second flew high over the crossbar.

The busy Burnley keeper got down well to keep out Hazard's volley from the edge of the area.

Hazard fizzed another effort inches over the top before wriggling clear and forcing Heaton into another save.

With Hazard and Costa given the last few minutes off, it was left to substitute Moses to put the gloss on the scoreline in the dying moments when he arrived at the far post to tuck in Pedro's cross.

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Arsenal 3, Watford 1

WATFORD, England — Alexis Sanchez scored one goal, set up another and also earned a penalty as Arsenal used a dominant first-half display to beat Watford 3-1 for its first win of the Premier League season on Saturday.

The Chile forward was brought down by Younes Kaboul's elbow, giving Santi Cazorla the opportunity to slot a penalty kick down the middle to put Arsenal ahead in the 9th minute.

Sanchez made it 2-0 in the 40th in slightly fortuitous circumstances. Meeting Theo Walcott's low cross from the right, Sanchez fell over while applying the finish but still managed to get the ball past Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and over the line before it could be cleared.

Mesut Ozil then made a late run into the box and headed in Sanchez's pinpoint cross from the left, giving Arsenal a 3-0 lead in first-half injury time.

Roberto Pereyra, recently bought from Juventus as Watford's record signing, came off the bench at halftime for his debut and reduced the deficit in the 57th with a powerful shot from a rebound.

The win will be a relief to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has come under renewed fire at the start of this season after his team failed to win either of its first games. A failure to sign any marquee players this transfer window has also infuriated some disillusioned fans, although Arsenal is on the brink of competing the signings of two players — Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez — before the window shuts on Wednesday.

Arsenal started the season by losing 4-3 at home to Liverpool, then drew 0-0 at Leicester.

The team's attack looked more potent with the return of Ozil, who was given extra time off following the European Championship.

Leicester City 2, Swansea City 1

LEICESTER, England — Leicester earned the first win of its Premier League title defense, beating Swansea 2-1 thanks to goals by star striker Jamie Vardy and captainWes Morgan on Saturday.

It should have been an even bigger win for the champions in a dominant display at a rain-lashed King Power stadium, with English football's player of the year Riyad Mahrez having a 56th-minute penalty saved.

And it wound up being a nervous end for the hosts after Leroy Fer pulled a goal back for Swansea in the 81st.

Vardy put Leicester ahead in typical fashion when he ran onto a lofted pass forward byDanny Drinkwater, nudged the ball forward, and thumped a finish into the net off the post in the 32nd minute. The England striker is off the mark this season after scoring 24 goals in Leicester's surprise run to the title in the 2015-16 campaign.

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Morgan smashed home the second goal in the 52nd minute at a corner, after the ball had popped up off center-back partner Robert Huth's arm as the pair challenged for a high cross.

Aside from Mahrez's failure from the penalty spot, the other negative for Leicester was an injury to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, sustained as he came out to challenge Swansea striker Fernando Llorente.

Leicester, which won the league at odds of 5,000-1 last season, started its defense of the title with a surprise loss at Hull before drawing 0-0 at home to Arsenal.

This was Claudio Ranieri's 100th win as a Premier League manager, including a spell at Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur 1, Liverpool 1 

LONDON — Danny Rose's second-half equalizer earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday in a match between two outsiders for the English Premier League title.

Liverpool had the better of a frenetic, entertaining game at White Hart Lane and took the lead through James Milner's 43rd-minute penalty after Roberto Firmino was tripped by Erik Lamela.

Rose preserved Spurs' unbeaten start to the season by scoring from one of his team's rare sights on goal, shooting inside the near post after Lamela flicked on Eric Dier's right-wing cross.

Tottenham has five points from three games, one more point than a Liverpool side that has played all of its matches away from home while the club completes the rebuilding of the Main Stand at Anfield.

Spurs' winless run against Liverpool extended to eight league games — dating back to 2012 — and they couldn't handle the pace and energy of the visitors' sprightly forward line.

Sadio Mane was a constant menace, bringing three last-ditch tackles on him from Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the 'sweeper-keeper' role and having a goal disallowed near the hour mark for a narrow offside.

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Firmino — a midfielder playing up front — also found pockets of space and from one situation he got in front of Lamela, who clipped the Brazilian's heel and gave away a penalty.

Milner sent Vorm the wrong way from the spot.

By that time, Tottenham right back Kyle Walker had been substituted because he was feeling unwell, forcing a reshuffle with Dier going from center midfield into defense, and Liverpool deserved its halftime lead.

Liverpool started the second half better, too, with Premier League debutant Joel Matipglancing a header against the crossbar from a corner, only for Spurs to equalize against the run of play.

Southhampton 1, Sunderland 1

SOUTHAMPTON, England — Jay Rodriguez's late equalizer salvaged a 1-1 draw for Southampton against visiting Sunderland in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Deputy Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford allowed Rodriguez's strike from distance to squirm under his body with five minutes remaining.

Jermain Defoe looked to have set Sunderland on its way to its first victory of the season when he dusted himself off to convert a penalty five minutes beforehand, awarded after he was fouled by Southampton captain Jose Fonte.

Pickford, who was playing due to regular goalkeeper Vito Mannone's elbow injury, made smart saves to deny Charlie Austin, substitute Shane Long, and Nathan Redmond.

But Pickford's late error proved costly when Rodriguez claimed his first EPL goal since March 2014, leaving both sides waiting for their first wins.

Everton 1, Stoke 0

LIVERPOOL, England — Shay Given got his hand to a penalty kick before the ball came off the post and went in after striking the unlucky Stoke goalkeeper, as Everton won the Premier League match 1-0 Saturday to continue coach Ronald Koeman's unbeaten start.

The own-goal in the 51st minute was enough to give Everton its second win from three league games and its first at home.

Leighton Baines took the penalty after Stoke defender Phil Bardsley fouled Ashley Williams.

The home side dominated the game, only to find Stoke center back Ryan Shawcross in inspired form before watching England coach Sam Allardyce.

Stoke almost claimed an equalizer through Marko Arnautovic but Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg deflected the Austrian's effort onto the crossbar.

Stoke has one point from three games.

Middlesbrough 0, West Brom 0

WEST BROMWICH, England — Middlesbrough maintained its unbeaten start to life back in the English Premier League by drawing 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion in a match of few clear-cut opportunities at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

Promoted last season after seven years in the second-tier League Championship, Middlesbrough has five points from its opening three games under coach Aitor Karanka — the former assistant of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

West Brom's best chances fell to defenders Brendan Galloway and Craig Dawson, but Middlesbrough's American goalkeeper Brad Guzan wasn't seriously tested.

Cristhian Stuani and Daniel Ayala had shots saved by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster late in the game.

West Brom has a win, a draw and a loss so far this season.