Havertz seals controversial Chelsea win, Pickford denies Liverpool

Kai Havertz scored a late winner as Chelsea fought back from a controversial 2-1 win against West Ham, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s “spectacular” display in the Merseyside derby Saturday.

Having embarked on a £250 million ($280 million) spending spree in the summer transfer window, Chelsea are expected to cash in on their new owners’ impressive investment.

Early returns were mixed as Chelsea crashed to defeats at Leeds and Southampton.

So when Michail Antonio gave West Ham a 62nd-minute lead with a close-range finish, critics were sharpening their knives at Stamford Bridge.

But Ben Chilwell equalized in the 76th minute, just three minutes after the England left-back replaced Mark Cucurella.

Chilwell headed Thiago Silva’s high ball past his marker, turned and slotted his shot through the feet of Lukasz Fabianski from a tight angle.

Kai Havertz cleverly finished off Chilwell’s cross to complete Chelsea’s 88th-minute escape in a thrilling finale.

There was even more drama as Maxwel Cornet appeared to equalize in stoppage time, only for the goal to be controversially disallowed by VAR for Jarrod Bowen’s foul on Mendy.

Thomas Tuchel’s side remain unconvinced but sit in fifth place after their third win in six games, while West Ham boss David Moyes was furious with the referees who denied his side a point.

At Goodison Park, there was more VAR intrigue as Conor Coady thought he had put Everton ahead with a close-range finish from Neal Maupay’s second-half shot.

But Coady’s goal was correctly disallowed for offside following a VAR review.

There could easily have been more goals but for a man of the match from Pickford and some good stops from his Liverpool counterpart Alisson Becker.

“Wow, what can you do? It was a great derby, super intense, with a lot of really spectacular saves,” Klopp said.

“We hit the post three times and Pickford made so many saves. I don’t know how many derbies I’ve played in but it’s quite a few and it’s always difficult here.”

Everton are now without a win in their first six games this season, while Liverpool’s momentum has been checked after winning their previous two encounters.

– Kane reaches milestone –

Unbeaten Tottenham made it four wins from six games with a 2-1 win over Fulham in north London.

Pierre-Emile Hoiberg broke the deadlock for Tottenham in the 40th minute, sweeping home from Richarlison’s cross.

Harry Kane extended Tottenham’s lead in the 74th minute from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross to become the third-highest scorer in Premier League history, overtaking Andy Cole on 188 goals.

Only Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208) are now ahead of Kane in the scoring.

Kane’s goal also brought him level with Thierry Henry with 43 in Premier League derbies in London.

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic curled over in the 82nd minute but Tottenham held firm.

Managerless Bournemouth came back from two goals down to win 3-2 in a thriller at Nottingham Forest.

The Cherries, who lost 9-0 to Liverpool last weekend, looked on course for another showdown as Forest took the lead at the break through Cheykh Kouyate’s header and Brennan Johnson’s penalty.

But Philip Billing’s long-range blast and Dominic Solanke’s acrobatic effort drew them level before Jaidon Anthony sealed the points in the 87th minute.

Ivan Toney scored a hat-trick as Brentford beat Leeds 5-2 at the Community Stadium.

Daniel Podence scored as Wolves beat Southampton 1-0 at Molineux for their first league win of the season.

Podence’s simple finish in first-half stoppage time lifted Bruno Lage’s side out of the relegation zone.

Newcastle striker Alexander Isak missed the chance to mark his home debut with a goal as Crystal Palace were held to a 0-0 draw at St James’ Park.

The £60 million ($69 million) man, who scored on his Liverpool debut in midweek, missed two good chances to leave Newcastle without a win since the start of the season.


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