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BPL week 1 highlights

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho got off to a positive start as their respective clubs won their opening matches of the English Premier League (EPL) at the weekend.

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Guardiola’s Manchester City beat Sunderland 2-1 while Manchester United edged out Bournemouth 3-1.

City got off to a bright start in the match scoring after just four minutes when Sergio Aguero scored the opener from the penalty spot. The penalty was awarded after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Patrick van Aanholt.

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With City looking in-charge of the proceedings, Sunderland drew level through a Jermain Defoe goal in the 71st minute.

City had to wait until the 87th minute to grab the winner after McNair headed into his own net following sustained pressure.

The new City manager left out veteran goalkeeper Joe Hart from his starting line-up. Manchester United also had a positive start at Bournemouth winning 3-1.

Juan Mata opened the scores for United in the 40th minute after a nervy start for the Red Devils.

Wayne Rooney then added a second for United in the 59th minute and five minutes later Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a third to completely kill the game.

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Five minutes later, Adam Smith scored a consolation for the Cherries but it was not enough.

United was unfortunately without their world record signing Paul Pogba who was suspended for the match after picking two yellow cards in Italy last season but the victory will still give them plenty of confidence.

The match of the weekend went according to plan as Liverpool held on to beat Arsenal in an exciting Premier League opener at the Emirates Stadium.

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The Gunners started well with Theo Walcott firing them ahead in the 31st minute. Walcott redeemed himself with that goal as moments earlier he had missed scoring from the penalty spot.

But after that, Liverpool went ahead four times first after Philippe Coutinho equalised with an outstanding free-kick. Coutinho who was pulled off from the match with an injury set up Adam Lallana to take Liverpool ahead after the break. Coutinho then poked home his second in the 56th minute before Sadio Mane scored the fourth goal.

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Arsenal attempted a late comeback when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers scored a goal each.

Hull City caused the biggest upset after stopping champions Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday.

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