A sensational first-half hat-trick from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa to a stunning 7-2 victory over Liverpool in the EPL on Sunday to end the champions’ 100 per cent start to the season in extraordinary fashion, Explorenewsng reports.
That stunning result followed Manchester United being similarly embarrassed by a rampant Tottenham side in a 6-1 thrashing on a wild day in the EPL.
Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian — deputising for Alisson in goal for the visitors after the Brazilian picked up a shoulder injury — gifted Watkins the opener in the fourth minute.
If there was an element of good fortunate about Watkins’ first goal in a Villa shirt, his second was all his own fine work as he cut inside before firing into the top corner to stun the champions and make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute.
Mohamed Salah’s fine left-foot finish seemed to get Liverpool back in the game in the 33rd minute, but John McGinn’s deflected strike two minutes later restored Villa’s two-goal advantage.
Watkins completed his hat-trick inside 39 minutes, with former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley — making his debut after joining Villa on loan — making it five, 10 minutes into the second half.
Salah did give Liverpool hope on the hour mark, before a late double from Grealish completed a remarkable victory for the team who just avoided relegation last season.
Spurs hit six to inflict record EPL defeat on Manchester United
Earlier in the day, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham were rampant as they inflicted a crushing, record-equalling 6-1 defeat on his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane each scored twice for Spurs while United’s Anthony Martial was sent off in the 28th minute as the home side suffered their joint worst defeat of the EPL era.
“It is history for Tottenham, history for my boys and I cannot deny it is also history for me,” said a delighted Mourinho, whose side were playing their fourth game in eight days.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had taken a second-minute lead through a Bruno Fernandes penalty but Spurs responded quickly, taking advantage of some awful United defending as Tanguy Ndombele and Son put them 2-1 ahead.
United went down to 10 men after Martial was sent off following a clash with Erik Lamela at a corner and then Harry Kane made it 3-1.
Son added his second shortly before the break as United fell to pieces with Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly utterly ineffective in the centre of defence.
A Serge Aurier goal and a Harry Kane penalty in the second half completed a memorable victory for Spurs, which matched United’s 6-1 loss to Manchester City in October, 2011.
In other matches on Sunday, Arsenal picked up their third win in four games with a 2-1 victory at home to Sheffield United but Leicester City’s 100 per cent start to the season ended with a crash as they were upset 3-0 at home by West Ham United.