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City rout Liverpool to move alongside United at summit

Manchester City thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in an eventful Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium, where Reds forward Sadio Mane was controversially sent off in the first half.

City went ahead in the lunchtime kick-off in the 25th minute through Sergio Aguero before Mane clattered into goalkeeper Ederson with a high challenge at the edge of the penalty area.

Referee Jon Moss brandished the red card to the Liverpool forward, with Ederson taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Claudio Bravo.

City made the most of their advantage, as Gabriel Jesus nodded in a second before the break.

The Brazilian tapped in the third goal in the 53rd minute after being set up by Aguero, before substitute Leroy Sane added a fourth from close range in the 77th minute and then curled a superb 20-yard effort into the top-left corner during stoppage time.

Manchester United remain top of the table, above City on goal difference, despite two goals from Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to earn Stoke a 2-2 draw in the late kick-off at the bet365 Stadium.

Choupo-Moting, a summer recruit from Schalke, put the Potters ahead on 43 minutes.

United, though, were back on level terms just three minutes later through Marcus Rashford, who inadvertently deflected a header from Paul Pogba into the net following a corner.

Romelu Lukaku gave United, who had made a 100 per cent start to the new Premier League season, the lead on 57 minutes after his initial shot had been saved by Jack Butland.

Choupo-Moting, though, secured a point for the home side with a header just after the hour, although Lukaku shot over late on and Butland produced a fine reaction stop in added time.

Earlier, Arsenal had eased the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger with a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium over Bournemouth, who suffered a fourth straight Premier League defeat.

Danny Welbeck bundled the Gunners ahead after six minutes before club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead after 27 minutes.

Five minutes into the second half, England forward Welbeck slotted a low shot into the far corner as Arsenal bounced back from their 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool before the international break, with Alexis Sanchez, who looked to be leaving ahead of the transfer deadline, coming on for the closing stages.

Brighton secured their first win in the Premier League, beating West Brom 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

Pascal Gross hooked the ball in at the far post to put the Seagulls in front on the stroke of half-time for their first goal since being promoted.

The German, signed from Ingolstadt in the summer, added a second on 48 minutes before turning provider for Tomer Hemed to head in a third just after the hour.

James Morrison pulled a goal back for the Baggies with 13 minutes left.

Tottenham won 3-0 at Everton, where Blues forward Wayne Rooney started having last week made headlines for the wrong reasons with his drink-driving charge.

Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 28th minute when he curled a looping shot from wide on the right over goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Christian Eriksen added a second four minutes before the break and Kane, who scored twice for England in the World Cup qualifying win over Malta, settled matters with a third goal for Spurs just a minute into the second half.

Champions Chelsea won 2-1 at Leicester.

Summer signing Alvaro Morata broke the deadlock four minutes before half-time with a header, before former Foxes midfielder N'Golo Kante netted a long-range effort in the 50th minute.

Leicester reduced the deficit through a penalty from Jamie Vardy just after the hour but Antonio Conte's men closed out a third straight league victory.

Watford won 2-0 at Southampton to end the Saints' unbeaten start.

Abdoulaye Doucoure put the visitors ahead with a low 20-yard strike seven minutes before half-time and defender Daryl Janmaat curled in the second after 66 minutes.

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