LONDON: Claudio Ranieri’s perfect start to life as Leicester manager continued with a 2-1 win away to 10-man West Ham for the first time in 15 years.
Both sides started the new season with opening weekend victories but it was the Foxes who extended that run for the ‘Tinkerman’ to top the early Premier table on first-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez.
Slaven Bilic had seen his side impress in winning at Arsenal but tasted his first league defeat as manager of the Hammers who reduced the deficit through Dimitri Payet’s first goal but had goalkeeper Adrian sent off in the closing stages.
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat witnessed another horror show as promoted Norwich were 3-1 winners at the Stadium of Light.
The victory was Norwich’s first on Wearside since 1997 against the opposition which had presented the Canaries with their last Premier League victory.
First-half goals from defenders Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker and a third after the break from Nathan Redmond left the home fans among a crowd of 41,379 singing: “Are you watching, Ellis Short?”
It was Wes Hoolahan’s invention – he played key roles in the second and third goals – which repeatedly tore the home side apart and helped to pave the way for Norwich’s first win of the new season despite substitute Duncan Watmore’s late consolation.
Mame Biram Diouf headed a late equaliser as Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Stoke.
Spurs, who lost both league games against the Potters last season, looked set for their first three points of the campaign after celebrating first-half goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli.
Stoke, however, came storming back with Marko Arnautovic converting a 78th-minute penalty before Diouf headed in seven minutes from time to complete an unlikely comeback.
Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew both scored for the second game running as Swansea comfortably saw off 10-man Newcastle 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
Gomis opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a composed finish before Ayew, also on target in the opening-day 2-2 draw at Chelsea, scored with a powerful second-half header after Newcastle full-back Daryl Janmaat had been sent off for a second bookable offence by referee Mike Jones.
Janmaat was booked after clattering into Jefferson Montero twice and then pulled the Ecuadorian back to stop him launching a Swansea attack from deep.
The defender’s departure left Newcastle with a mountain to climb and Steve McClaren’s decision to withdraw Moussa Sissoko – the Magpies’ best player in the first half – and Papiss Cisse revealed a preference for damage limitation rather than offering any real hope of recovery.
Romelu Lukaku’s two goals set Everton on course for an impressive first win of the season as Roberto Martinez’s side secured a surprisingly comprehensive 3-0 victory at Southampton.
Some disgruntled fans called for chairman Bill Kenwright and the board to leave Everton in a banner flown over St Mary’s, but those frustrations were forgotten for 90 minutes at least as Lukaku’s double and a classy Ross Barkley effort secured an impressive win.
West Bromwich Albion registered their first point of the season after frustrating Watford in a goalless stalemate at Vicarage Road.
Tony Pulis’s side put their 3-0 opening defeat by Manchester City behind them with a typically belligerent display against promoted Hornets.
They nearly snatched all three points towards the end but Saido Berahino, linked with a move away before the end of the month, wasted chances in front of goal.
On Friday night Manchester United had recorded a second win, beating Aston Villa 1-0 with a first-half goal from Adnan Januzaj.