England Premier League — 20 August 2012

Both Chelsea and Manchester City claimed victories in their first Premier League games of the season on Sunday.

Chelsea defeated Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium.

They enjoyed a dream to their campaign, as defender Branislav Ivanovic latched onto a superb Eden Hazard through ball and ran half of the length of the pitch before firing past Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal.

Hazard was again involved in the second goal after just seven minutes. The Belgian international was brought down in the area by shaky-looking Wigan defender Ivan Ramis. Chelsea talisman Frank Lampard made no mistake with the penalty from the spot.

With Chelsea scoring twice in seven minutes, it was fair to expect more goals. However, the Blues took their foot off the pedal. Wigan were brighter in the second half, but Chelsea always looked comfortable.

In the end it was quite an easy victory for Roberto Di Matteo’s men in the Italian’s first permanent game in charge and a bright debut for big money signing Eden Hazard.

Manchester City claimed a 3-2 victory over Premier League new boys Southampton, but wasn’t at their best. The game started badly for the champions as Argentinian superstar Sergio Aguero fell awkwardly under a challenge from young Saints full-back Nathaniel Clyne. Aguero was unable to continue and was replaced by Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.

The first half was very tight as City attempted to break down a very well organised Saints defence. However, City did just that just before half-time, Carlos Tevez firing past Kelvin Davis in the Southampton goal.

Saints hit back in the second half though, as substitutes Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis fired home superb efforts to put them into the lead. There was a sigh of relief when City substitute Edin Dzeko fired home to equalise.

With just ten minutes remaining Manchester City snatched all three points. French midfielder Samir Nasri scoring, after a penalty area scramble. Southampton will be encouraged by their display despite the defeat, but City fans won’t be so happy with their teams performance.

Which team performed the best on the first super Sunday of the season?


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