There was plenty of exciting moments in the Premier League on Saturday, as a couple of title contenders failed to live up to expectations.
From Mohamed Salah’s history-making evening in London to Bruno Fernandes’ potentially last penalty at Manchester United, let’s have a look at Saturday’s headline-makers.
Gabriel Jesus had Chelsea’s number
Chelsea and Manchester City traded tackles at Stamford Bridge in a mouth-watering Premier League showdown on Saturday afternoon, with the reigning champions running out 1-0 victors.
It is fair to say that Pep Guardiola’s men dominated the match for a large part, but they failed to create many clear-cut chances against well-positioned Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Though the first half featured zero attempts on target, it took Man City only eight minutes into the second half to break the deadlock and eventually snap up the three points.
Gabriel Jesus had an inch of space but managed to make the most out of it, sending the ball in Edouard Mendy’s bottom-right corner thanks to a slight deflection.
Chelsea failed to bounce back in the remainder of the game, barely putting Ederson to the test as they suffered their first Premier League defeat this season.
Meanwhile, the Citizens have stretched their unbeaten league streak to four fixtures (W4, D1) since a 1-0 loss to Tottenham on the opening weekend and are now just one point adrift of top-placed Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah makes history despite Liverpool’s draw
Despite taking the field as overwhelming favorites to claim another victory, Liverpool could only manage a 3-3 draw against Premier League debutants Brentford on Saturday.
Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah turned the tables on the Bees following Ethan Pinnock’s opener in the 27th minute, but Jurgen Klopp’s team continued to struggle against a spirited home side.
Vitaly Janelt restored the stalemate just beyond the hour mark, only four minutes before Curtis Jones scored Liverpool’s third of the match.
However, the Reds blew their slender lead in the 82nd minute as Yoane Wissa handed Brentford a massive point, four minutes since joining the fray.
Despite Liverpool’s underwhelming result, Mo Salah has become the fastest Reds player to reach a 100-goal barrier in the Premier League, doing so after just 151 league appearances.
Additionally, the Egyptian is now Liverpool’s joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League fixtures against London-based sides in the capital with 14 strikes.
Bruno Fernandes took his last Manchester United penalty?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s star-studded Manchester United side fell to a dismal 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Old Trafford, taking their unbeaten five-game Premier League start to a halt.
Even though the Red Devils enjoyed plenty of possession and attempted 28 shots on goal, Dean Smith’s team eked out a tight victory, courtesy of Kortney Hause’s 88th-minute header.
However, United had a prime opportunity to avoid defeat as Hause was penalized for a handball inside his own 18-yard box deep into the stoppage time.
Many had expected marquee summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo to step up and take responsibility from the spot. But it was Bruno Fernandes who picked up the ball.
Unfortunately for the Reds fans and Bruno himself, the Portuguese dynamo skied the ball over the roof, leaving Solskjaer and full-packed Old Trafford in disbelief.
It’s a near-certainty that Ronaldo will become United’s designated penalty taker from now on, as was the case during his time at Real Madrid and Juventus.