Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Manchester United 3, Crystal Palace 1 Everton 3 Reviews
Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Manchester United 3
Last second Bruno Ferdandes penalty hands United a sensational win
In an eventful match at the Amex stadium, Manchester United earned their first three points of the season when a dramatic injury-time penalty gave them a narrow 2-3 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday evening.
Brighton were out of the blocks early with Leandro Trossard hitting the post with a left-footed shot just eight minutes into the game.
Trossard was unfortunate not have the hosts on the scoresheet before halftime as two more of his shots hit the woodwork.
The Albions' efforts were finally rewarded when Bruno Fernandes tripped Tariq Lamptey inside the box and a penalty was awarded.
Neal Maupay converted the spot kick to give the home team a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. But their joy was short-lived as Dunk came under pressure from Harry Maguire inside the area and eased the ball into his own net to give the Red Devils a lucky equalizer 2 minutes before the interval.
The game began in dramatic fashion post the break with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot after Aaron Connolly tumbled under Pogba's challenge.
But a VAR review decided the contact was initiated by the Brighton player thus over-ruling Kavanagh's decision.
The 52nd minute saw Marcus Rashford's goal being denied as he was ruled offside by the VAR once again.
Rashford made up for it three minutes later when he took a pass from Bruno Fernandes on the left, sprinted into the box, dancing around the Brighton defense before delivering his shot into the net.
With an astonishing 10 minutes of injury time allowed, the Albions came hard at United and found the equalizer in the 94th minute when Solly March nodded a Alireza Jahanbakhsh center past David De Gea.
Just when the hosts thought that they had earned a point, Maguire's header hit Maupay's hand just as the final whistle was blown.
Referee Kavanagh checked the monitor and pointed to the spot. Bruno Fernandes maintained his flawless record of penalty kick conversions as he slotted United's winner to bring to an end one of the most eventful and controversial games of the 2020-21 season.
Crystal Palace 1 Everton 3
Carlo Ancelotti's Toffees move to second place after third straight win
Dominic-Calvert Lewin got his fifth goal of the current season when he opened for the Toffees in the 10th minute following some deft interplay from James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman.
Cheikhou Kouyate drew level for the hosts from a free header but Richarlison gave Everton the lead from the penalty spot after Joel Ward was controversially adjudged to have handled Lucas Digne's knock-down.
Everton had chances to extend their lead in the second half, but Calvert-Lewin shinned Rodriguez's corner past the post before Rodriguez had a goal-bound shot blocked by Mamadou Sakho.
Carlo Ancelotti's men had opportunities to extend their 1-2 half-time lead when Calvert-Lewin whizzed a Rodriguez corner past the post and the 2014 WC Golden Boot winner saw his goal-bound effort being blocked by Mamadou Sakho.
The Eagles tried putting pressure on the Everton goal in the dying stages but failed to trouble goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Roy Hodgson's men remain in the 5th place with six points even after Saturday's home defeat and look secure at that spot for some time to come.
As for Everton, this is for the first time in 30 years they have won all three initial Premier League fixtures.
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