The English Premier League’s second weekend gave fans a whole host of talking points, highlighted by Cardiff City slaying the mighty Manchester City in Wales before a raucous home crowd treated to its first top-flight match since 1962.
Arsenal’s demise was proven largely exaggerated as the Gunners restored order in a dominant London Derby victory at Fulham. Liverpool and Tottenham made it an efficient six points from two matches as each has yet concede a goal this season or score more than one in a match.
Though Everton and West Brom and Newcastle and West Ham played to 0-0 draws at Goodison and St James’ parks, respectively, the other seven matches combined to tally 17 goals on Saturday and Sunday. The scoring came in a variety of fashions—headed home from corners, smashed from outside the box and slotted past flailing goalkeepers astutely via the penalty spot.
As we look back on the weekend while looking forward to today’s enthralling encounter between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford, check out our rundown of the goals that were this weekend:
- Saturday, August 24
Arsenal 3 Fulham 1, Craven Cottage
Olivier Giroud, Arsenal, PUMA evoSPEED 1.2, 14th minute
The Frenchman opened the scoring for the weekend when an Aaron Ramsey shot fell kindly and he used the outside of his left foot to cheekily chip it past David Stockdale, filling in for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg in goal. Giroud has now scored three goals in Arsenal’s first three competitive contests this season.
Lukas Podolski, Arsenal, adidas F50 adizero TRX, 41st minute, 68th minute
Amid reports that he was set to head back to the German Bundesliga in search of regular playing time, Podolski got a starting berth and collected two crucial goals on the day. In the first half, the Polish-born German international saw Stockdale beat away a Theo Walcott strike and powered past the scrambling goalkeeper with a side-footed finish from 18 yards. In the second half, Santi Cazorla picked out the trailing Podolski on a flowing move, and the ball was boomed into the side netting from a thunderous left-footed strike.
Darren Bent, Fulham, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, 77th minute
Coming on as a substitute in his Fulham debut, Bent scored a vintage goal. Always searching for a dangerous space, Bent found it on this occasion, tapping home the easiest of finishes when Dimitar Berbatov’s shot was only nudged away and into the Englishman’s path at the far post.
Hull City 1 Norwich City 0, KC Stadium
Robert Brady, Hull City, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, 22nd minute penalty
After being humbled in the season opener at Stamford Bridge, promoted side Hull found the footing easier in this EPL contest. Playing in front of their home fans, the Tigers were granted a penalty kick when striker Yannick Sagbo was adjudged to have been obstructed by Michael Turner as the two men battled for a cross in the box. Brady stepped up to side-foot the ball past John Ruddy, who guessed the wrong way.
Southampton 1 Sunderland 1, St. Mary’s Stadium
Emanuele Giaccherini, Sunderland, adidas F50 adizero TRX, 3rd minute
You would have won a lot of money if you had bet on Giaccherini, who stands just 5’6, to use his head to open the scoring from a corner kick. The Italian, signed this summer from Juventus, began his EPL scoring account by peeling off and guiding the ball just inside the far post.
Jose Fonte, Southampton, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, 88th minute
The defender answered the prayers of the Southampton faithful by netting a deserved equalizer in the closing minutes of this match. Fonte found space from a free kick and directed a header downward, the bouncing ball leaving Kieran Westwood helpless in the Sunderland goal.
Stoke City 2 Crystal Palace 1, Britannia Stadium
Marouane Chamakh, Crystal Palace, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, 31st minute
Making his first start for Crystal Palace, the Moroccan striker, showed why he starred in Ligue 1 before flopping at Arsenal. Chamakh latched on to a long ball, shielded it from defender Ryan Shawcross, used a smart first touch to beat Robert Huth and then used his right to fire a shot along the grass inside Asmir Begovic’s near post, wrong-footing the goalkeeper. It was a classy finish, indeed.
Charlie Adam, Stoke City, adidas Predator LZ TRX, 58th minute
Peter Crouch collected a cross in the box and eventually used his head to play it on to Jonathan Walters who layed off to Adam. The former Liverpool player used his left to cooly roll the ball slowly into the side netting. In doing so, he displayed the quality heralded by the man who discovered him for Blackpool, Ian Holloway, now on the losing end at Crystal Palace.
Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City, Nike Total90 Laser IV, 62nd minute
The gritty center back took advantage of a poorly defended corner kick, which Crystal Palace failed to clear with three attempts. The ball ultimately fell to Shawcross who swiveled and, similarly to Adam, used his right foot to steer the ball along the grass across the face of Julián Speroni’s goal.
Liverpool 1 Aston Villa 0, Villa Park
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, 21st minute
Sturridge made it two game-winning goals from two games leading the lines in the absence of Luis Suarez, who is serving a 10-game ban. After Jose Enrique’s pass went through three Aston Villa defenders, Sturridge did the rest, rounding both defender Antonio Luna and American goalkeeper Brad Guzan, before using the outside of his left foot to knock the ball into the roof of the goal.
- Sunday, August 25
Cardiff City 3 Manchester City 2, Cardiff City Stadium
Edin Dzeko, Manchester City, adidas Predator LZ TRX, 52nd minute
An absolute thunderbolt of a goal from Dzeko, who, against the run of play, found a Sergio Aguero back-heeled layoff from 25 yards and used his right to bullet the ball into the back of the net.
Aron Gunnarsson, Cardiff City, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, 60th minute
A poacher’s goal from Gunnarsson who found a fortuitous rebound from goalkeeper Joe Hart and smashed past the England No. 1 as he lay helpless on the ground.
Frazier Campbell, Cardiff City, adidas F50 adizero TRX, 79th minute, 87th minute
A stunning headed double from the former Manchester United player. First, Campbell dashed in from a corner kick to beat the unaware Pablo Zabaleta at the far post to take a shocking lead. Eight minutes later, he sent Cardiff fans into euphoria, this time out-leaping Zabaleta from another corner.
Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City, adidas F50 adizero TRX, 92nd minute
This was a forward’s finish. Desperate to spare Sky Blues blushes, the substitute striker got in between two defenders at the far post and was found by Spanish compatriot David Silva. His header across the goal, into the opposite upper 90, was unstoppable.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Swansea City 0, White Hart Lane
Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur, adidas F50 adizero TRX, 58th minute penalty
Another game, another winning penalty kick from Soldado. After Andros Townsend won the decision, the Spanish striker stepped up and showed his penalty-taking prowess. This time, he went right, unlike last week’s goal to defeat Crystal Palace. Though not involved for much of the day, Soldado provided the critical finish when his No. 9 was called.