Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores on debut

Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Roma on loan from Arsenal on transfer deadline day

On-loan Arsenal forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored on his debut as AS Roma beat Sassuolo 4-2 in Serie A.

The Armenia international scored his side’s third goal with a low strike after Bryan Cristante’s header and a volley from Edin Dzeko had put Roma in control.

Justin Kluivert’s composed finish made it 4-0 and although Domenico Berardi hit a brace for Sassuolo it was too little too late.

The win was Roma’s first of the season.

They are seventh with five points after a win and two draws from their three games so far

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale (right) becomes only the second Real Madrid player, after Cristiano Ronaldo, to score a La Liga double and be sent off in the same match this century

Gareth Bale was sent off in stoppage time after scoring two goals to rescue a point for Real Madrid against Villarreal in La Liga.

Villarreal had taken an early lead through Gerard Moreno but Bale opened his account on the stroke of half-time.

Moi Gomez put the hosts back in front but Bale hit a late equaliser.

Villarreal started well and were rewarded when Moreno seized on the loose ball after Thibaut Courtois parried Karl Toko Ekambi’s low shot.

The visitors grew into the game and equalised on the stroke of half time when Bale scored his first league goal since manager Zinedine Zidane said “it would be best for everyone” if the forward left the club.

Madrid were dominant after the interval and Toni Kroos was denied by a brilliant double save by Andres Fernandez before Karim Benzema’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Gomez appeared to have scored a close-range winner against the run of play after Moreno’s shot was parried by Courtois, only for Javier Ontiveros to send the ball back across goal for the midfielder to tap in.

But Bale salvaged a point for his side when he cut in on his left to drive the ball past Fernandez before picking up his first booking for an indiscretion in the 92nd minute.

With the clock ticking down, Bale was shown his second yellow for a high boot two minutes after his first.

The Welshman becomes only the second Madrid player, after Cristiano Ronaldo, to score a La Liga double and be sent off in the same match this century.

The result sees Madrid climb to fifth in the La Liga table, while Villarreal move to 16th.

What happened in the Premier League? Wins for Liverpool, Norwich, Bournemouth and Everton

Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring for Liverpool
Goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane sealed the three points for Liverpool

Uefa Super Cup champions Liverpool maintained their winning start to the season with victory over Southampton at St Mary’s.

Sadio Mane scored the opener for Jurgen Klopp’s side in a 2-1 win, having scored twice as the Reds beat Chelsea on penalties in Istanbul on Wednesday night. Roberto Firmino added a second, before Adrian’s error gifted Saints striker Danny Ings a goal late on.

There was a controversial finale as Premier League champions Manchester City drew 2-2 with Tottenham in the late kick-off at Etihad Stadium. Gabriel Jesus had an injury-time goal ruled out by the video assistant referee as City dropped points at home for the first time since December 2018.

Raheem Sterling headed City ahead in the first half, but Erik Lamela swiftly equalised from distance. Sergio Aguero flicked home before Lucas Moura nodded in soon after coming on. Jesus swept home in injury time, but it was ruled out by VAR for an Aymeric Laporte handball.

Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick as last season’s Championship winners Norwich City bounced back from their opening-day defeat by Liverpool to record a 3-1 win over Newcastle United.

The Finnish striker, now with four goals in two Premier League matches, produced a stunning first-half volley before securing the Canaries’ first points with two more goals after the interval. Jonjo Shelvey claimed a late consolation for Steve Bruce’s side.

Play-off winners Aston Villa’s wait for a first win of the season goes on, however, as they lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth.

Joshua King’s second-minute penalty and a debut goal for Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson put Eddie Howe’s visitors in control, though Douglas Luiz’ stunning strike from range handed Villa a second-half lifeline.

Brighton’s summer signing Leandro Trossard cancelled out Javier Hernandez’ opener as the Seagulls earned a 1-1 draw with West Ham at the Amex Stadium.

Trossard had earlier seen a first-half goal ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside, but levelled just four minutes after the Hammers’ 61st-minute opener.

Meanwhile, Bernard’s 10th-minute goal was enough to earn Everton a narrow 1-0 victory at home to manager Marco Silva’s former side Watford.

Earlier on Saturday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning goal as Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners initially led through Alexandre Lacazette’s opener on his return from injury, but Ashley Barnes levelled for the visitors before half-time.

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September 2019