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Chelsea opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 7-0 demolition of Norwich, while Everton crumbled in an all-time collapse against Watford.

Mason Mount scored a hat-trick for the Blues at Stamford Bridge as the European champions coped easily without £98 million ($A180m) striker Romelu Lukaku and £54 million ($A110m) Timo Werner.

Mount started the rout after just eight minutes and finished it with two more in the closing stages after Ben Gibson had been sent-off for the visitors.

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Mason Mount scored three. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Mason Mount scored three. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Ben Chilwell were also on target for Thomas Tuchel’s men, while Max Aarons’ own goal summed up a sorry day for the Canaries.

Mount had not scored since May and Tuchel welcomed his return to scoring form with Lukaku and Werner expected to be out for some time.

“No matter how satisfied the coach is, the offensive guys need goals to be fully happy,” said Tuchel.

“He waited too long, so it was good that he got some goals. I agree he looked fresh again today.”

Norwich already look destined for a swift return to the Championship with only two points and minus-21 goal difference from their opening nine games.

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Claudio Ranieri got his first win as Watford manager as the Hornets twice came from behind to stun Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park.

Josh King failed to score as an Everton player last season, but hit a hat-trick to help move Watford six points clear of the relegation zone.

“I didn’t get given a chance [at Everton], but I did wake up today and had a feeling. I was here but I didn’t feel like I got given a chance,” he told Sky Sports post-game.

“That’s football – but I feel like every time someone doubts you, or doesn’t believe in you, you want to prove a point. I felt I had a point to prove. I know it’s not personal, but I woke up and said to myself I have to be on my A game today. I didn’t expect a hat-trick, but I’ll take it.”

Juraj Kucka and Emmanuel Dennis were also on target for the visitors, who scored four times in the final 12 minutes.

With it, Watford became the first team in Premier League history to trail after 75 minutes and still win a game by at least three goals.

Watford’s striker Emmanuel Dennis celebrates after he scores his team’s fifth goal. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) /Source: AFP


At the Amex Stadium, champions Manchester City underlined their determination to hold onto the title with a commanding 4-1 win over Brighton.

City took the lead after 12 minutes when Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez spilt the ball under pressure and Ilkay Gundogan applied the finish.

Bernardo Silva launched the rapid raid that produced City’s second goal in the 28th minute as he fed Jack Grealish for a low cross that Foden converted in clinical fashion.

Three minutes later, Grealish’s shot was blocked into the path of Jesus, whose effort deflected off Foden and past Sanchez.

Alex Mac Allister got one back for Brighton with an 81st minute penalty after Ederson fouled Enock Mwepu.

But Riyad Mahrez converted Foden’s pass to wrap up an emphatic win in stoppage-time.

“Phil is a player who can play in different positions but especially up front because he has the quality and precision. He is young and will keep improving,” City boss Pep Guardiola said.

Liverpool would climb back above City into second place, within one point of Chelsea, if they win at arch rivals Manchester United.

Riyad Mahrez celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s fourth goal. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


Second bottom Newcastle’s wait for a Premier League win went on after a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Newcastle’s new Saudi owners were given another reminder of the investment it will take to make the Magpies a force to be reckoned with at Selhurst Park.

Interim manager Graeme Jones took charge for the first time since Steve Bruce was sacked and needed a moment of brilliance from Callum Wilson just to salvage a point.

Christian Benteke headed the Patrick Vieira’s men in front.

“It’s far from where I want to be, on the ball in particular,” Newcastle interim manager Graeme Jones said.

“On the turnover, our first pass could be better at times, but it was a solid place to start from. We’ll look to build and improve for as long as I’m doing this.”

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Leeds needed a stoppage-time penalty to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves.

South Korean international Hwang Hee-chan opened the scoring at Elland Road.

Wolves were set to move up to fifth until Joe Gelhardt was fouled inside the area in the 94th minute and Rodrigo slotted home the penalty.

Burnley remain in the bottom three, but Maxwel Cornet is proving himself a shrewd signing for Sean Dyche’s men as the Ivorian scored twice in a 2-2 draw at Southampton.

Saints turned the game around after Cornet opened the scoring to take the lead with goals from Tino Livramento and Armando Broja.

The former Lyon winger then salvaged a point for the Clarets with a thumping finish on the volley from outside the area.

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Highlights, stats, Sam Kerr goals



It wasn’t pretty, nor was it convincing but it’s all but passage sealed to the Women’s Asian Cup quarter-finals for the Matildas.

Memories of the 18-0 drubbing over Indonesia were quickly put to rest as Australia were given their first real test of the tournament by a well-drilled Philippines outfit.

After an uninspiring, goalless opening-half, Sam Kerr nodded home her sixth goal in two games before Emily van Egmond, Mary Fowler and a Hali Long own-goal rounded out the scorers to close-out the 4-0 win.

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While the result solidified their spot on-top of Group B, the performance raised more questions than answers especially in regarding how they perform against a disciplined defensive unit.

The Philippines, led by former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic in his first match against his old side since his controversial sacking in 2019, proved to be a headache from the onset and didn’t allow the Australian midfield to have the same amount of control as they were afforded in their opening group game.

Australia players celebrate their first goal scored by Sam Kerr. Picture: Thananuwat Srirasant
Australia players celebrate their first goal scored by Sam Kerr. Picture: Thananuwat SrirasantSource: Getty Images

While the Matildas created ample chances across the first 45 minutes, Stajcic’s Philippines outfit defended brilliantly to ensure the scoreline remained 0-0 by half-time.

The Matildas’ lack of scoring across the first 50 minutes had some fans and commentators concerned.

However, they would eventually come unstuck as the game wore on – especially from set-pieces where both Kerr and Van Egmond were able to force the ball home after the interval.

Tony Gustavsson’s side will play their final group stage game against Thailand on Friday morning (AEDT).


Why try to fix what isn’t broken?

The heart of the Matildas’ struggles came in the midfield and it was no surprise this would be the case when taking into account the starting line-up, the Philippines’ intent to cede possession and force the Aussie midfielders to try to pick holes in their well-organised backline.

Emily van Egmond of Australia. Picture: Thananuwat SrirasantSource: Getty Images

Gustavsson dropped Clare Wheeler for Tameka Yallop and moved Emily van Egmond to the base of midfield – a role which has proven throughout time to under-utilise her greatest strength as a creative midfielder.

Given that the move didn’t pay dividends, it made the pre-game alteration all the more puzzling.


When the draw was released in October last year, it was the fixture that was immediately circled on the calendar.

In only his second game in charge of the Philippines, Alen Stajcic came up against his former side for the first time since being controversially sacked as coach in January 2019 only months before their Women’s World Cup campaign in France.

Head coach Alen Stajcic of the Philippines. Picture: Thananuwat SrirasantSource: Getty Images

If there was anyone to understand and decipher the Matildas playbook, it would be Stajcic, having coached the majority of the Australian squad throughout his almost five years at the helm.

— NCA Newswire

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