Fernandes’ late penalty earns Man United win at Brighton

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes, left, celebrates with teammates after he scores his sides third goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match. (Glyn Kirk/AP)

BRIGHTON, England — Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty in the 10th minute of stoppage time with the last kick of a wild Premier League game to earn Manchester United a 3-2 win over Brighton, which had earlier scored in added-on time and also hit the goal frame on five occasions on Saturday.

United was awarded a spot kick after the referee saw on the pitchside monitor that Harry Maguire’s header deflected off the outstretched hand of Brighton striker Neal Maupay before being cleared off the line.

Despite the full-time whistle having already been blown, Fernandes was allowed to take a penalty and the Portugal playmaker found the corner of the net to score the latest Premier League goal since 2011 and secure a first win of the campaign for United.

Even Fernandes accepted it was fortunate.

In the last of the allotted five minutes of second-half stoppage time, Solly March _ one of the players to have previously hit the goal frame _ headed home at the far post for a goal that looked like sealing a point for the hosts.

Earlier, Leandro Trossard struck both posts in the opening 21 minutes before smashing a shot against the bar in the second half.

With Adam Webster heading against the bar and March striking a shot against the post, the Premier League’s official statistics supplier, Opta, said it was the first time a team had struck the goal frame five times in a match since the company started compiling data in 2003-04.

“They have a lot of chances, it’s true,” Fernandes said. “Maybe everyone can say they deserve more, or not. The point is, score goals _ don’t hit the crossbar or the post.

“Sometimes you have to have some luck.”

Brighton went ahead in the 40th minute when Maupay converted a cheeky “Panenka” penalty after Fernandes brought down Tariq Lamptey.

United equalized three minutes later via an own-goal by Lewis Dunk, who inadvertently turned the ball into his own net after Nemanja Matic pulled the ball back across the face of goal at a free kick.

Brighton was denied a penalty at the start of the second half after Paul Pogba was initially adjudged to have clipped the legs of Aaron Connolly. The referee changed his mind after viewing the incident on the pitchside monitor and booked Connolly.

Then United went ahead through Marcus Rashford, who cut in from the left after being played in behind the Brighton defence, delivered two shimmies, before getting the ball back on his left foot and rifling in a shot that deflected into the top corner in the 55th minute.

Chelsea comes from 3 goals down to draw at West Brom

WEST BROMWICH, England — Tammy Abraham scored in the third minute of injury time to complete Chelsea’s comeback from three goals down to draw at West Bromwich Albion 3-3 as Thiago Silva had a tough introduction to the English Premier League on Saturday.

Chelsea fell 3-0 behind after just 27 minutes and it was partly down to Thiago Silva, who failed to control a simple pass to him allowing Callum Robinson to run through and score West Brom’s second goal.

Robinson put the hosts in front after four minutes after another poor piece of defensive work, this time from Marcos Alonso, and Kyle Bartley completed a fast start for West Brom by side-footing in the third when unmarked at a corner.

Chelsea staged a stunning recovery, though, with Mason Mount and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring in the 55th and 70th minutes, respectively. Still, it looked like West Brom was going to hang on for a first win of the season since its promotion, only for Abraham to tap into an empty net after the ball landed at his feet from a save by Sam Johnstone.

Chelsea has spent nearly $300 million on new signings and the team has yet to gel, with its defending especially weak at The Hawthorns.

Thiago Silva, who made his Chelsea debut in the English League Cup in midweek, was given the armband for the game against West Brom with club captain Azpilicueta starting on the bench. The Brazil centre back has been signed to shore up a defence that lacked leadership under Frank Lampard last season but it looked as shaky as ever, with Thiago Silva alongside Andreas Christensen at centre back.

Alonso, the left back, was hauled off at halftime by a furious-looking Lampard, whose two changes at the break had the impact he desired.

One of them, Azpilicueta, laid on Mount to smash a swerving shot into the corner from 25 yards (meters) before the other halftime sub, winger Hudson-Odoi, exchanged a one-two with Kai Havertz and stroked a finish low into the net.

Abraham’s late goal ensured Chelsea didn’t lose two straight, having been beaten by Liverpool 2-0 last weekend. Lampard’s team started with a 3-1 win at Brighton.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped for the game after his error in the loss to Liverpool, with Willy Caballero starting instead. Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes this week but he wasn’t deemed ready to start.

Contentious penalty helps Everton to 3rd straight win in EPL

Everton won its third straight match to open the English Premier League by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 thanks to a contentiously awarded penalty converted by Richarlison on Saturday.

Palace right back Joel Ward became the latest player to fall foul of the league’s newly adopted interpretation of defensive handballs, when the ball struck his left arm after being headed on by Lucas Digne.

Because his arm was adjudged to have made his body unnaturally bigger, a penalty was awarded and Richarlison struck his 40th-minute effort into the top corner after a stuttered runup.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton in the lead in the 10th minute, finishing off a flowing team move involving James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman to score his fifth goal of the season.

Cheikhou Kouyate equalized with a header from Andros Townsend’s right-wing corner in the 26th.

Everton has already beaten Tottenham away and West Bromwich Albion at home.

Palace dropped points for the first time after wins against Southampton and Manchester United.

Robin Koch, Victor Lindelof, Matt Doherty and Neal Maupay are others to have given away penalties for defensive handball since the Premier League decided to fall in line with the rest of European soccer and apply the ruling in a stricter way rather than judging it on intent.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said it is a rule “which I think is killing the game.”

“I do not understand how we have allowed this rule to come into operation,” Hodgson said. “For me, it’s completely unacceptable and I’ve got to be honest with you, it’s certainly destroying my enjoyment of the game of football.”

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