Sunday’s Premier League as it happened including Aston Villa 2 Hull 1, Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 and Leicester 1 Arsenal 1 - Live coverage - The Independent

Sunday’s Premier League as it happened including Aston Villa 2 Hull 1, Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 and Leicester 1 Arsenal 1

Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at Tottenham in the Premier League. 
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of what was Sunday in the Premier League. Sam Dymond was on hand with all the action on a day that saw Liverpool claim a thumping 3-0 victory at Tottenham, newly-promoted Leicester hold Arsenal to a draw and Aston Villa sneak past Hull City.


    • Aston Villa 2 (Agbonlahor 14', Weimann 36') Hull 1 (Cissokho OG 74') FT
    • Villa remain unbeaten after impressive first half display
    • Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3 (Sterling 8', Gerrard 49', Moreno 60') FT
    • Reds run riot at White Hart Lane as Balotelli makes debut
    • Leicester 1 (Ulloa 22') Arsenal 1 (Sanchez 20') FT
    • Sanchez scores first Gunners goal, but side are held by impressive Foxes
    8/31/2014 11:07:28 AM
    Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's action in the Premier League.

    After a goal-frenzied day on Saturday, there are three further matches for us to get our teeth into thi...oh no, he's gone to Barcelona. Still, with Mario Balotelli back in the Premier League, who knows what could happen over the next six hours.

    The Italian could make his return this lunchtime when his new Liverpool side take on Mauricio Pochettino's new-look Tottenham; Spurs have won their first two games of the season. At the same time, 116 miles north, Aston Villa are also in action; Paul Lambert's team haven't conceded yet in the Premier League, and face a Hull side coming off the disappointment of an early Europa League exit on Thursday night.

    And then straight after Balotelli's meltdown, we'll be heading to the King Power Stadium as newly-promoted Leicester City, 
    Esteban Cambiasso et al, host Arsenal.

    I’m Sam Dymond, and I’ll be here to talk you through all three fixtures. If you want to have your say on any game or the weekend as a whole, then either 'make a comment' using the facility above, tweet @sammydymond or send an old fashioned email to
    8/31/2014 11:06:52 AM
    Tottenham Hotspur versus Liverpool kicks-off at White Hart Lane at 1.30pm.

    8/31/2014 11:22:24 AM
    Mario Balotelli is in line to make his Liverpool debut at Tottenham this afternoon, but, as Tim Rich briefly explains in his match preview, his new manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to get the best out of the Italian, even if it means not pampering to the temperamental striker.

    Balotelli has already asked if he can take Liverpool’s penalties – only to be reminded that Steven Gerrard has that job. Liverpool’s manager said he understood that indulging Balotelli, something Mancini was accused of, is the surest way for him to fail.
    8/31/2014 11:30:23 AM
    The teams are in from Villa Park and White Hart Lane.

    Aston Villa v Hull

    Paul Lambert goes with the same side that were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle while Steve Bruce makes a single change. The Hull manager gives a debut to Michael Dawson at centre-half with James Chester suspended following his red card against Stoke.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Senderos, Hutton, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor

    Subs: Given, Baker, Bacuna, Cole, Bent, Sanchez, Grealish

    Hull: McGregor, McShane, Davies, Dawson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Quinn, Huddlestone, Robertson, Ince, Jelavic

    Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Brady, Sagbo, Aluko

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg

    Tottenham v Liverpool

    The big news from White Hart Lane is that Mario Balotelli starts for Liverpool in one of three changes that Brendan Rodgers makes to the side that lost at Manchester City. The Italian replaces Philippe Coutinho while Javi Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho come in for Glen Johnson and the injured Martin Skrtel. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino names an unchanged team after Spurs spanked Queens Park Rangers last Sunday.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Adebayor

    Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Holtby, Townsend, Kane

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli

    Subs: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Can, Markovic, Lambert, Coutinho

    Referee: Phil Dowd
    8/31/2014 11:30:57 AM
    Good news for Liverpool supporters!


    8/31/2014 11:38:25 AM
    62 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    Mario Balotelli's Liverpool debut is over, and while the Italian's finishing would be best described as rusty, there will have been plenty to please the striker and his manager Brendan Rodgers. 
    Lazar Markovic is on his place, and with the visitors' tails up, this is a great opportunity for the Serbian to make his mark on the Premier League.
    8/31/2014 1:54:33 PM
    70 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    Raheem Sterling has only spent a week with Mario Balotelli, but he must have picked something up from his new teammate already because he's just combined the beautifully sublime with the ridiculously awful in the one move. The teenager showed incredible control to dribble past four dozing Tottenham defenders, but when confronted with Hugo Lloris six yards out, he flopped a feeble shot straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

    8/31/2014 1:59:14 PM
    74 mins: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2 HULL 1:

    It's set up for a grandstand finish at Villa Park! Aston Villa have been in complete control of this match, but they'll have a nervous final 16 minutes to play out now. Robbie Brady swung over a free-kick from the left-hand side which Nikica Jelavic got to first. Braz Guan looked to have the Croatian's header covered, but, in an attempt to help his goalkeeper out, Aly Cissokho diverted the ball past the American with his own head for an own-goal. It's the first goal Aston Villa have conceded this season and it could prove costly.

    8/31/2014 2:02:15 PM
    80 mins: Aston Villa 2 Hull 1:

    And now Hull are having a real go at their hosts! Jake Livermore thought he had done enough to bring his side level with a lovely curling effort from outside the box, but Guzan flung himself to his left to tip the shot over the crossbar. That's what the American is capable of when Aly Cissokho isn't getting in the way of things.
    8/31/2014 2:09:07 PM
    83 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    This has been an absolute masterclass of a performance from Liverpool, and it's real poke in the eye for those who thought the Reds wouldn't be a player in the title race this season (and that includes this idiot blogger). A lovely crisp move involving Henderson, Sterling, Gerrard and Emre Can ends with Daniel Sturridge curling a shot wide of goal. It's the visitors 17th attempt on goal, eight of which have been on target; in reply, Spurs have had just seven with only one troubling Simon Mignolet.
    8/31/2014 2:12:57 PM
    90 mins: Aston Villa 2 Hull 1:

    Aston Villa have thrown on exciting youngster Jack Grealish for the final quarter of an hour to trouble a tiring Hull defence, and the flying winger has certainly done that. Jelavic, Stephen Quinn and Ahmed Elmohamady have all been booked for fouls on the 18-year-old. Meanwhile, there will be five minutes of added time for Grealish and the rest of his team to hold out for the win.
    8/31/2014 2:19:24 PM
    90+1 mins: Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3:

    The Tottenham supporters will go home absolutely furious! Not only have they seen their team given the runaround this afternoon, but their lasting memory will be of Phil Dowd refusing to give them a stonewall penalty in injury time. Dejan Lovren has enjoyed his battle with Adebayor this afternoon, and the Croatian helped himself to the striker's shirt two minutes early when Dier played a long ball into the box. The tug back of the striker was obvious to all inside the ground, but the referee - situation less than ten foot away - was unmoved.
    8/31/2014 2:20:04 PM
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    8/31/2014 2:24:05 PM
    Team news from the King Power Stadium. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson names the same team that were so admirable in defeat at Stamford Bridge last time out in the Premier League, but eye-catching new signing Esteban Cambiasso is on the bench after gaining international clearance. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger makes three changes to the side that clawed their way back at Everton; Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo come in for Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez, King, Hammond, Schlupp, Nugent, Ulloa

    Subs: Hamer, Drinkwater, Vardy, Albrighton, Cambiasso, Wasilewski, Wood

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Sanogo

    Subs: Martinez, Chambers, Rosicky, Campbell, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski

    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    8/31/2014 2:43:13 PM
    11 mins: Aaron Ramsey, who looks as out of place with a beard as Paul Konchesky does with hair,  tries to bring an end to the tippy-tappy affair the game has manifested into, and lines up a long range effort that clatters into the intimidating frame of Wes Morgan. The deflection had back-pedalling Kasper Schmeichel momentarily worried, but the ball screwed wide for the game's first corner.
    8/31/2014 3:13:46 PM
    17 mins: A burst of excitement sees both sets of fans oooohing within seconds of each other. First, Mesut Ozil tries a cheeky chip over the Leicester backline, but the long, gangly legs of Yaya Sanogo aren't quite long or gangly enough to reach the ball before Schmeichel takes it under control, and then at the other end, Algerian World Cup star, Riyad Mahrez, cut inside and fired a low drive just wide of Szczesny's right-hand post. Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has taken a whack on the head, and after some treatment off the pitch, has returned to action wearing a suspect shower cap.
    8/31/2014 3:19:33 PM
    20 mins: GOAL! LEICESTER 0 ARSENAL 1:

    Arsenal are in front, and it's come courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's first goal in English football! If at first you don't succeed, try again, and that was exactly what Arsenal's playmakers did with a similar chip over the top of the home defence for Sanogo. This time the striker did connect with the ball, but he needn't have bothered such was the poor execution of the shot. However, anticipating a stronger strike, Schmeichel had leapt to out to save, and instead deflected the ball into the path of Sanchez, who kept his cool to drill past the myriad of defenders on the line.

    8/31/2014 3:20:19 PM
    23 mins: GOAL! LEICESTER 1 ARSENAL 1:

    Leicester are making a habit of quick replies on home soil this season, and they've done it again! And just was the case against Everton, once again it's 
    Leonardo Ulloa with the equaliser! Jeffrey Schlupp and Konchesky combined brilliantly down the left wing, and the Ghanaian combined blistering pace with a perfect cross from the touchline towards their record signing. Koscielny, out of sorts following his head injury, couldn't compete with Ulloa, and the striker planted a firm header past Szczesny to level. From nothing, this game has exploded into life!

    8/31/2014 3:22:31 PM
    30 mins: Koscielny was unable to recover following that early blow to the head, and the defender has been replaced by Calum Chambers. The former Southampton man joins his central partner Per Mertesacker in the Leicester area for a couple of quick corners, but both are comfortably dealt with.
    8/31/2014 3:32:17 PM
    Meanwhile, as Yaya Sanogo flounders up front for Arsenal...

    Loic Remy is not the only star striker on the move in West London; Kostas Mitroglou has rejoined Olympiacos on loan.
    8/31/2014 3:38:09 PM
    40 mins: There has been another dip in goalmouth action since those two quickfire goals midway through the first half. Arsenal continue to dominate the ball and the shot count, but the truth is they haven't really looked like scoring since being pegged back. How do you solve a problem like the Arsenal? I have no idea, but perhaps these two statistics give some kind of insight to the issue.

    Or that could be rubbish.
    8/31/2014 3:45:07 PM
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