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West Ham United ended Manchester City’s perfect start to the Premier League season when they survived a second half onslaught to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and move into second place behind them in the table.
City, who won their opening five league games without conceding a goal, were 2-0 down after 31 minutes as Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho pounced for the Hammers.
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Although Kevin de Bruyne pulled one back for City with his first goal for the club, West Ham survived almost non-stop City attacking after the break for a famous win.
Earlier in the day, defending champions Chelsea halted their nosedive down the table when they beat an Arsenal side, who finished with nine men, 2-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard.
City stayed top with 15 points, with West Ham second on 12 but with a better goal difference than Leicester, also on 12.
Manchester United, who play at Southampton on Sunday are fourth on 10 points, with Arsenal fifth on 10.
Chelsea’s 20-year-old French defender Kurt Zouma headed the first after 53 minutes of a fractious game before an Eden Hazard shot deflected off Calum Chambers in stoppage time to make it 2-0.
Arsenal defender Gabriel was red carded for kicking out at Diego Costa just before halftime and Santi Cazorla was dismissed with a second booking for sliding in on former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas after 79 minutes.
Gabriel’s dismissal came in the aftermath of a bust-up between Costa and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny in the visitors’ penalty area a minute earlier when Costa appeared to raise his arms and strike the Arsenal defender.
Cazorla was shown the red card after a rash, sliding challenge on his Spain team mate Fabregas, whose fine free kick eight minutes into the second half was headed in by Zouma.
|Chelsea’s Costa (2-R) was involved in the bust-up that saw Gabriel sent off [EPA]|
City, who started the day on 15 points, four points clear of Leicester City, have the chance to open up a bigger lead after Leicester drew 2-2 at Stoke City.
But the point was a very welcome one for the Foxes who came back from 2-0 down for the second week running to avoid defeat.
Newcastle United are still winless and 19th after losing 2-1 at home to Watford while Bournemouth beat bottom-of-the-table Sunderland 2-0 leaving the two big clubs from the north-east in the bottom two places.
Manchester City 1-2 West Ham
Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Newcastle United 1-2 Watford
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
Swansea City 0-0 Everton