Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Tottenham all won while Man City and Arsenal played to a draw in the English Premier League on September 23, 2012.
Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United
A misleading score as Liverpool played a solid match but couldn’t overcome a first half red card. Jonjo Shelvey was sent off or a challenge with Jonny Evans in which both players were had left their feet. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made it 1-0 and a win or draw seemed a likely possibility at that point. United showed their championship pedigree with a 51st minute Rafael goal and 81st minute Robin van Persie penalty kick. The penalty was a bit controversial as it wasn’t clear if there was enough contact to warrant the call.
Jonjo Shelvey (red card)
1 – 0
1 – 1
1 – 2
Robin Van Persie (pen)
Newcastle United 1-0 Norwich City
The Magpies remained unbeaten at home with a narrow win over Norwich. Demba Ba, who has consistently scored goals since last season, made it 1-0 in the 19th minute. Cisse had an opportunity to double the lead just before the break but missed a penalty kick.
1 – 0
Papiss Demba Cisse (pen miss)
Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal
Both teams remained unbeaten with a hard fought and entertaining draw. City’s Joleon Lescott headed in a 40th minute corner kick to give his side the lead. It was a goal against the run of play as Arsenal were the more dangerous attacking side in the match. Defender Laurent Koscielny equalized for the Gunners by smashing a failed corner kick clearance into the back of the net. Both teams had good chances in the final moments of the match but couldn’t beat solid goalkeeping on both sides.
1 – 0
1 – 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Spurs won their first match of the season with two second half goals to defeat London rivals QPR. Bobby Zamora gave QPR the halftime lead but an own goal leveled the match in the 59th minute. Jermain Defoe gave the home side the lead two minutes later.
0 – 1
Alejandro Damian Faurlin (og)
1 – 1
2 – 1
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