Forest stuns Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton earn home wins

MANCHESTER, England, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Struggling Nottingham Forest cruised to a stunning 1-0 win over Liverpool to claim just their second Premier League victory of the season on Saturday, as champions Manchester City chased their hunt for leaders Arsenal.

Manchester United drew 1-1 in stoppage time at Chelsea in the day’s late kick-off and Everton ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Liverpool had been building momentum after a poor start to the season and arrived at the City Ground to take on last-ditch club Forest after back-to-back league wins.

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But their resurgence was brought to a halt when Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored the game‘s only goal early in the second half, coming back to haunt Liverpool after joining the club in 2015 but never playing a competitive game.

Forest keeper Dean Henderson made a series of impressive saves, including an incredible save deep in injury time to deny a header from Virgil van Dijk.

It was Forest’s first win since beating West Ham United on August 14, while Liverpool slipped to a third defeat of the season.

The result brought Liverpool down to earth after last week’s 1-0 win over Manchester City and another 1-0 win over West Ham in midweek and underlined the struggles of Juergen Klopp’s side away this season, with just two points in five games on their trips.

“Massive, massive blow because I have no idea how we can lose this game to be honest,” Klopp said.

“I can kind of explain the performance, not the result. We had to put the game to bed to be perfectly honest.”

Forest started from bottom with nine points and manager Steve Cooper said: “It’s a big win but only a win. We have to build on that and keep going. To win a game against someone like Liverpool you have to have great times at both ends.

“We did it today.”

Liverpool are seventh with 16 points after 11 games, 11 behind leaders Arsenal, who visit Southampton on Sunday.

JORGINHO’S PENALTY

Chelsea thought they had taken the points in a disappointing clash with United at Stamford Bridge when Jorginho saved an 87th-minute penalty after Scott McTominay clumsily fould Armando Broja from a corner.

United, however, grabbed a deserved run when a looping header from Casemiro crossed the line despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s desperate attempts to recover it in the fourth minute of added time.

It was the teams’ fifth consecutive draw and a record 26th in the Premier League.

Chelsea remained in fourth place with 21 points with United out of 20, both having played 11 games.

Manchester City closed the gap to Arsenal to one point as goalscoring machine Erling Haaland scored twice with Kevin De Bruyne adding his own beauty in a 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Pep Guardiola’s side equaled a 91-year-old top-flight record by securing a 10th consecutive Premier League home win in which they scored at least three goals in every game.

The last club to do so was Aston Villa in 1930 and 1931.

Haaland used his strength to win a physical battle with Brighton’s Adam Webster and score the opening goal, then converted from the penalty spot for the second.

Brighton, still looking for a first win for new manager Roberto de Zerbi, pressed City and Leandro Trossard netted a goal before De Bruyne secured victory with a superb curler.

“Congratulations to my players because I know how difficult it was. I said yesterday and at half-time how difficult this game could be, but we finally did it,” Guardiola said.

Everton secured their biggest win of the season with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil all on target as Frank Lampard’s side moved up to 11th in the table.

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Reporting by Richard Martin and Martyn Herman; edited by Clare Fallon

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