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MW2 stats: Thiago makes instant impact with passing record

22 Sep 2020
Premier League - Chelsea v Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder made history on his Premier League debut as we look at the standout numbers from Matchweek 2

Liverpool's new signing Thiago Alcantara made an instant impact on his Premier League, immediately writing his name into the history books with an extraordinary display of passing in the 2-0 victory at Chelsea

For more on this and all the must-know facts from the opening weekend, read below. To see the reports and key data for the matches, click on the results. 

EVE 5-2 WBA
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Everton 5-2 West Brom

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first Everton player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Wayne Rooney versus West Ham United in November 2017.

LEE 4-3 FUL
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Leeds 4-3 Fulham

Leeds United's opening two Premier League matches this season have featured 14 goals (F7 A7), the most for a top-flight side's opening two matches since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1962/63 (F12 A2).

MUN 1-3 CRY
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Manchester United 1-3 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha is the first player to score twice in a Premier League match versus Manchester United having previously played for them in the competition.

ARS 2-1 WHU
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Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Since 3 February 2018, Arsenal duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have combined for 11 Premier League goals, second only to Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, with 13.

SOU 2-5 TOT
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Southampton 2-5 Tottenham Hotspur

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane have combined for more Premier League goals (24) than any other duo in the competition since the South Korean’s move to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2015.

NEW 0-3 BHA
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Newcastle United 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion have now won three of their last four away Premier League matches (D1), as many as in their previous 27 encounters on the road (W3 D8 L15).

CHE 0-2 LIV
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Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Since such data became available in 2003/04, Thiago's total of 75 passes for Liverpool was the most ever by a player featuring for 45 minutes or less. It was also more than any Chelsea player managed throughout the match.

LEI 4-2 BUR
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Leicester City 4-2 Burnley

Leicester City have won their first two matches of a Premier League season for the first time since their title-winning campaign of 2015/16, while this is the first time they ended the day top of the table since the final day of that season.

AVL 1-0 SHU
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Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United

Emiliano Martinez became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty on their debut for Aston Villa in the Premier League.

WOL 1-3 MCI
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Manchester City

Since the start of last season, Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in more Premier League goals (35 - 14 goals and 21 assists) than any other player, three ahead of Mohamed Salah.

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