Fiery Arsenal reduce Pompey to ashes
Arsenal turned on the style to beat Portsmouth 3-1 on Sunday to move to second in the league table.sports Updated: Sep 03, 2007 00:29 IST
Arsenal turned on the style to beat Portsmouth 3-1 on Sunday to move to second in the league table.
Wenger's side completely overwhelmed Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium to extend their unbeaten start to the season despite playing most of the second half with 10 men.
Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Cesc Fabregas added a second before Philippe Senderos was sent off.
Tomas Rosicky put the result beyond doubt and Nwankwo Kanu's instant reply was no consolation for the visitors.
It took only seven minutes for Arsenal to take the lead. So often Wenger's side score the perfectly crafted goal but this one owed more to good fortune than good passing.
Van Persie was through on goal when Portsmouth goalkeeper David James’s slide sent him sprawling in the box. Penalty was the inevitable result and Adebayor stepped up and languidly sent James the wrong way to claim his first goal of the season.
The second goal came after Gilberto Silva flicked on Rosicky's set-piece and the ball struck Fabregas high on his arm before falling kindly for him to drive past James from close range.
Portsmouth reduced the deficit in bizarre fashion when Kanu met John Utaka's cross and somehow diverted the ball past Manuel Almunia even though he totally mistimed his shot.
Meanwhile, Blackburn’s Benni McCarthy scored the only goal at Ewood Park to preserve Blackburn's unbeaten start as they beat Manchester City 1-0.
Both sides finished with 10 men after Blackburn's Tugay and City's Richard Dunne were sent off.
In the later kick-off, Chelsea missed the chance to return to the top of the league when they lost 2-0 at Aston Villa for their first defeat of the season.
Zat Knight, who only joined Villa club this week, scored in the 47th minute on debut, and Gabriel Agbonlahor rounded off a counterattack in the 88th with Chelsea desperately looking for the equalizer.
Juve snatch late win
MILAN: Giorgio Chiellini's last-minute header gave Juventus a controversial 3-2 win at Cagliari in their second game back in Serie A on Sunday.
Juve's Jonathan Zebina and Cagliari's Cristiano Del Grosso were sent off in a fiery encounter in Sardinia where the home side equalised twice with debatable penalties before defender Chiellini nodded in Mauro Camoranesi's free kick.
Meanwhile, Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani, French winger Ludovic Giuly and striker Francesco Totti scored in AS Roma's 3-0 win over Siena, while promoted Napoli triumphed 5-0 at Udinese.
First Published: Sep 03, 2007 00:29 IST