Chelsea fall further down the Barclays Premier league food chain as Manchester City and Arsenal secure tough wins while Manchester United silence the critics with a stellar display against perennial arch rivals Liverpool.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Defending Barclays Premier League Champions succumbed to their second consecutive loss as they were thumped by Everton by a 3-0 margin at the Goodison Park Stadium. The early kickoff was played at 2:45 PM, East African time.
Everton asserted their home team advantage on Chelsea as they passed the ball around smartly. There was, however, a sad incident as Mohammed Besic was injured and was replaced by Steven Naismith. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the Scotsman opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a neat diving header. Naismith went one better five minutes later to make it 2-0 after placing a low drive past Asmir Begovic at the far post. Chelsea were stunned into action and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic rifled a spectacular effort into the top corner in the 36th minute to make it 2-1.
Chelsea came back into the game in the second half pushing forward for an equalizer but eventually it was Naismith again who finished them off scoring in the 83rd minute to complete his hat trick and condemn Chelsea to defeat.
Elsewhere, Arsenal continued their resurgence with a 2-0 win over a resolute Stoke City. Stoke Goalkeeper Jack Butland was in mercurial form after he repulsed wave after wave of Arsenal attack but he could not keep the Gunners out forever as Theo Walcott scored in the first half and Olivier Giroud sealed the three points in the dying minutes of the game with a headed goal. The win was Arsenal’s first home win in the Barclays Premier league this season.
In another London based encounter ,Manchester City grabbed a late winner away at Crystal Palace as Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored a 90th minute winner for the Citizens. The bad news was that star striker Sergio Aguero was injured after a heavy tackle by Palace’s Scott Dann.
During the 7 PM kickoff Manchester United easily dispatched Liverpool with a resounding 3-1 win at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. After a tense first half with little action, Manchester United seized the initiative with a goal by Daley Blind. Ander Herrera then converted a penalty to make it 2-0 after he was fouled in the box by Joe Gomez. Christian Benteke then halved the score 6 minutes from time with a spectacular bicycle kick to make it 2-1 but it was all in vain as Manchester United new signing Anthony Martial dribbled past two Liverpool defenders and calmly slotted the ball home to make it 3-1 in favor of the Red Devils.