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MW1 stats: Alonso free-kick takes Chelsea to half-century

16 Aug 2021
Marcos Alonso

Defender helps Blues reach milestone as we look at the standout facts from the weekend's matches

When he opened the scoring with a trademark free-kick, Marcos Alonso not only gave Chelsea a deserved lead against Crystal Palace, he also helped them reach a set-piece landmark.

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

BRE 2-0 ARS
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Brentford 2-0 Arsenal

Sergio Canos became the first Spaniard to net the first goal of a Premier League season since Swansea City's Michu in 2012/13.

 
MUN 5-1 LEE
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Man Utd 5-1 Leeds

Paul Pogba became the seventh Premier League player to assist four goals in a single match, after Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Santi Cazorla and Harry Kane.

BUR 1-2 BHA
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Burnley 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

James Tarkowski's goal, timed at 1min 42 secs for Burnley, is the fastest scored on the opening weekend since Alexandre Lacazette's strike for Arsenal against Leicester City in 2017/18 (1m 34s).

CHE 3-0 CRY
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Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace

Alonso's strike was Chelsea's 50th direct free-kick goal in Premier League history. Only Manchester United (64) have netted more in the competition.

EVE 3-1 SOU
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Everton v Southampton

Everton's victory over Southampton was the first time in 53 attempts they had won a Premier League match after trailing at half-time.

LEI 1-0 WOL
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Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Only Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer, with eight, have scored more goals on the opening weekend of Premier League campaigns than Jamie Vardy's seven.

WAT 3-2 AVL
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Watford v Aston Villa

Watford’s Cucho Hernandez became the first Colombian player to score on his Premier League debut, netting only 49 seconds after coming on.

NOR 0-3 LIV
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Norwich 0-3 Liverpool

Roberto Firmino's goal was the 49th scored by a substitute for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League, the most of any side in the competition since he took charge in 2015.

NEW 2-4 WHU
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Newcastle United 2-4 West Ham United

Michail Antonio equaled Paolo Di Canio’s record of 47 goals to become West Ham United’s all-time highest scorer in the Premier League.

TOT 1-0 MCI
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Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola suffered his first defeat in the opening match of a league campaign since 2008/09.

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