Manchester City's goalkeeper Ederson Santana de Moraes gets a boot in the face from Liverpool's Sadio Mane.
Manchester City's goalkeeper Ederson Santana de Moraes gets a boot in the face from Liverpool's Sadio Mane. NIGEL RODDIS

Stoke ends United's perfect start to EPL season

MANCHESTER United remained on top of the English Premier League despite losing its 100% record in a 2-2 draw at Stoke.

Stoke led through Cameroon international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting at half-time but United equalised three minutes after the break when Paul Pogba's header hit Marcus Rashford and went in.

Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead but Choupo-Moting drew the home team level.

Earlier in the day Manchester City temporarily took top spot after thrashing Liverpool 5-0.

The Reds had Sadio Mane sent off just before the interval when referee Jon Moss deemed his high foot in the face of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson deseved a red card.

Already trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal, Liverpool conceded two more to Gabriel Jesus on either side of the break before Leroy Sane also scored twice in the final quarter of an hour.

It was Liverpool's biggest defeat in the two years that manager Jurgen Klopp has been at the club.

Chelsea had a 2-1 win away to Leicester in the meeting of the previous two seasons' champions.

N'Golo Kante scored the second goal against his former club soon after half-time to extend Chelsea's lead after Alvaro Morata claimed his third goal in four league games since moving from Real Madrid.

Jamie Vardy scored from a penalty to halve the lead but the champions held on to move into third place.

Tottenham's Harry Kane reached 100 goals for the club with two strikes in a comfortable 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Christian Eriksen scored the second.

Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal got back to winning ways at home to struggling Bournemouth, prevailing 3-0.

It was the Cherries' fourth straight loss and they sit bottom of the ladder.

Promoted Brighton, back in the top tier for the first time since 1983, achieved its first win, by 3-1, at home to West Bromwich Albion.

In the day's other game unbeaten Watford moved above Southampton and into the top four by beating them 2-0 with goals by Abdoulaye Doucoure and substitute Daryl Janmaat.



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