LONDON: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scored his season’s ninth Premier League opener, but Jeffrey Schlupp’s late equaliser left the leaders disappointed on Sunday in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Kane scored with a low long-range shot in the 23rd minute that fooled Palace keeper Vicente Guaita as Tottenham started in the Selhurst Park drizzle in confident fashion.
But after the break, Palace replied impressively to dominate and Schlupp caught a deserving leveller in the 81st minute from near range.
Ben Davies rattled the crossbar, and as Tottenham erupted back into life late on, Guaita made stunning saves from Kane and Eric Dier, but they had to be happy with a draw.
Out of 12 games, Tottenham moved to 25 points, one ahead of second-placed Liverpool, who later played at Fulham.
Southampton striker Che Adams scored against his former side, and after the interval, midfielders Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond struck as they crushed Sheffield United 3-0 to go third in the table at St Mary’s Stadium.
As the Blades struggled to cope well with a James Ward-Prowse free kick, Southampton dominated possession and went ahead on 34 minutes and Adams responded fastest to tap in his fourth league goal of the season in front of 2,000 supporters.
In the second half, Armstrong doubled the home side’s lead with a low strike, while Redmond’s replacement scored his first goal of the season seven minutes from time.
With a 1-0 loss at Everton, Chelsea’s 17-match undefeated streak came to an end, while the Manchester derby between United and City on Saturday finished goalless.
Chelsea had intended to take first spot, but Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson brought Everton victory on the return of 2,000 fans to Goodison Park with a first-half penalty.
As Dominic Calvert-Lewin was taken down in the box by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Sigurdsson stroked home the penalty kick, the home side went ahead in the 22nd minute.
In the standings, Everton climbed up to seventh on 20 points, while Chelsea stayed third on 22 after 12 matches.
With both parties wary and little openings, the Manchester derby at an abandoned Old Trafford lacked the normal enthusiasm.
In the 48th minute, when Kyle Walker kicked Marcus Rashford’s foot in the net, the only significant incident saw United awarded a penalty, but the ruling was overruled when VAR noticed the England striker was in an offside spot.
A first half effort from Riyad Mahrez that was well saved by David De Gea, with Kevin De Bruyne struggling to make the most of the loose ball, was the closest and unusually flat City to scoring.
As Miguel Almiron netted the quickest Premier League goal this season, Newcastle United shrugged off the consequences of a Covid-19 epidemic at the club and Dwight Gayle scored a late winner in a 2-1 home victory over West Bromwich Albion.
When a mistake by defender Branislav Ivanovic allowed the hosts to counter-attack, Almiron shot Newcastle ahead after 20 seconds and Joelinton found the Paraguayan midfielder unmarked in the box as West Brom scrambled to recover.