After an insipid international break, the Premier League returned with a bang on Saturday.
As has become custom, there was no shortage of goals.
And there was certainly no lack of incident as VAR controversy reared its ugly head yet again.
Liverpool livid as Everton salvage point in Merseyside derby
It was without doubt the best Goodison derby since the 3-3 in November 2013.
Unfortunately that fact will be largely overshadowed by two incidents: The dreadful tackle by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Virgil van Dijk that went unpunished, and Jordan Henderson’s injury-time winner that was bizarrely chalked off for an offside call on Sadio Mané.
The Toffees remain top, while the Reds go home aggrieved.
Man City get back on track against toothless Arsenal
Manchester City don’t look the same outfit without Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings.
But Pep Guardiola’s men managed to do the needful without the Belgian playmaker at the Etihad.
Raheem Sterling’s first-half strike was enough to secure three points for the Cityzens in a game that Arsenal will probably feel they could – and should – have gotten something out of.
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Man United put on late show to sink Newcastle
It looked like it might be one of those days for Manchester United after Luke Shaw had deflected the ball into his own net and then the usually clinical Bruno Fernandes missed from the spot.
However, Harry Maguire headed home an equaliser to exorcise some of his recent demons and settle United’s nerves.
Newcastle had their chances, but strikes in the dying minutes from Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men a deserved 4-1 victory at St James’ Park.
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Southampton strike at death to ruin Chelsea’s Oktoberfest
Chelsea spent a lot of money on bringing Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.
And the German duo did their bit as Werner notched a first-half brace before Havertz restored Chelsea’s lead after Southampton had fought their way back from 2-0 down.
Frank Lampard has been heavily criticised for not sorting out the Blues’ defensive issues.
Those dissenting voices will be louder still after Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard headed home in injury time to deny the hosts all three points.
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