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Penalty awards help Everton and United, Chelsea fight back

Sunday, 2020-09-27 09:03:04
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Premier League - Crystal Palace v Everton - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - September 26, 2020 Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate scores their first goal. (Photo: Pool via Reuters)
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Early leaders Everton maintained their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, while a penalty in the 10th minute of stoppage time gave Manchester United a 3-2 win at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday (Sep 26).

Chelsea fought back from 3-0 down at the break to earn a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion, while Danny Ings grabbed the winner as Southampton got their first win of the campaign at struggling Burnley.

* Real Madrid edged Real Betis 3-2 in an eventful game for their first win of the Liga season on Saturday, thanks to a late Sergio Ramos penalty.

* Manchester City's Brazil international Gabriel Jesus will be sidelined for at least a month with a muscle injury, the Premier League club's manager Pep Guardiola said on Saturday.

* Inter Milan fought back with two goals in the last five minutes as they began their Serie A campaign with a 4-3 win over Fiorentina on Saturday.

* Formula One welcomed spectators in greater numbers than seen so far in a COVID-19 hit season at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday. Organisers, who have talked of attracting a 30,000 strong crowd for Sunday's race in Sochi, have declared the tickets sold out.

* Lazio began their Serie A campaign with a convincing 2-0 win at Cagliari on Saturday, suggesting they could again be among the title challengers this season. An early goal from Manuel Lazzari set Lazio on the way before Ciro Immobile, Serie A's leading scorer last season with 36 goals, sealed the points in the second half with a typically clinical finish.

* Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serie A club said on Saturday, leading to their match away to Napoli on Sunday kicking off later than planned. Genoa coach Rolando Maran told Saturday's pre-match news conference that the 27-year-old, who is on loan from Juventus, had tested positive and was at home with a slight fever. The rest of the squad were training as usual.

* Bundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow in a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday, surrendering without a fight as Daniel Caligiuri set up the first goal and scored the second in his 300th league game. Fellow Champions League club RB Leipzig also dropped points, settling for a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

* Atalanta, Serie A's leading scorers last season with 98 goals, began their new campaign in the same carefree, entertaining style as they came from behind to win 4-2 at Torino.

* Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton roared back from qualifying drama at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday to put his Mercedes on pole position for what could be a record-equalling 91st victory. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen seized second place on the starting grid for the race in Sochi, with Hamilton’s team mate and closest title rival Valtteri Bottas having to settle for third.

* Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands claimed the road race gold medal in emphatic style at the world championships, prevailing after a long solo ride to add to her time trial title for a rare double on Saturday. Van der Breggen, who had already won gold two years ago in Innsbruck, Austria, jumped away from a reduced pack in the climb up to the Cima Gallisterna in the penultimate lap, 41.5 km from the finish, and never looked back.

* Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli claimed his maiden MotoGP pole position at the Catalunya Grand Prix on Saturday, edging out team mate Fabio Quartararo in Barcelona. Italian rider Morbidelli powered through the final sector at Circuit de Catalunya to deliver a scorching lap of one minute 38.798 seconds.

* Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will face former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor in the ring next year, and part of proceeds from the fight will go to COVID-19 victims in his country, his office said on Saturday.

* Italian great Valentino Rossi will race for the Petronas Yamaha MotoGP team next season after signing a one-year contract renewal, Yamaha said on Saturday. Yamaha said the 41-year-old nine-time world champion will have the Japanese manufacturer's full factory support at the satellite team.

Reuters