Brighton 0 Everton2
Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired Everton to a commanding 2-0 win at Brighton as the Toffees extended their unbeaten start to the new Premier League campaign.
Everton jumped into the embryonic table’s top four thanks to two wins and a draw, with Gray claiming his second goal of the season and Calvert-Lewin making it three in three games.
Brazil forward Richarlison had a petulant strop when denied the chance to take a penalty, with Calvert-Lewin instead coolly dispatching the spot-kick.
Boss Rafael Benitez insisted on Friday he was "99.9 per cent" sure Richarlison would stay at Goodison Park despite strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 24-year-old appeared ready to tangle with anyone in his way at the Amex Stadium, but looked sharp and certainly never lacked passion.
Captain Séamus Coleman won the penalty that Richarlison so wanted to take, and the skipper sorted out the mess for Calvert-Lewin stepping up as per team orders.
Benitez won the tactical battle with Brighton counterpart Graham Potter, as the Seagulls surrendered their 100 per cent start to the season.
West Ham 2 Crystal Palace 2
A second-half brace from Conor Gallagher saw Crystal Palace open their goalscoring account for the season as they battled to a draw at West Ham.
The Eagles remain winless under new boss Patrick Vieira but this was a step in the right direction as they twice came from behind to earn a point at the London Stadium.
West Ham went into the game in fine form as manager David Moyes named an unchanged side for the third game in a row, seemingly justified in his selection when both Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio had put the hosts ahead.
Another fine individual display for Antonio saw him assist and score but this time it was not enough to seal all three points as West Ham dropped points for the first time this campaign.
Vieira’s side had not scored in two league games and a Carabao Cup tie but Chelsea loanee Gallagher ended the barren spell with two smart finishes.
Aston Villa 1 Brentford 1
Ivan Toney maintained Brentford's unbeaten start to the season as the Bees earned a deserved 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
The striker’s first goal of the campaign ensured Thomas Frank’s side continue their seamless adaptation to life in the Premier League.
Emi Buendia’s leveller, his first goal since a club-record move from Norwich, pegged the Bees back but five points from their first three games represents a healthy return, as they denied former boss Dean Smith victory at Villa Park.
Norwich City 1 Leicester City 2
Norwich were denied a first point of the new Premier League season after Marc Albrighton’s deflected 76th-minute strike earned Leicester a 2-1 victory at Carrow Road before VAR ruled out a late leveller.
After Jamie Vardy and Teemu Pukki had ended their respective goal droughts in the first half, a frantic second period produced more drama in Norfolk.
Daniel Farke’s men had looked the more likely to find a late winner but Albrighton punished the Canaries with a sucker-punch before celebrations by the hosts late on were cut short when Kenny McLean’s header was ruled out for offside.
Newcastle 2 Southampton 2
James Ward-Prowse snatched a point with a last-gasp penalty as Southampton twice came from behind to draw at Newcastle and keep the pressure on Magpies boss Steve Bruce.
The Saints skipper struck to make it 2-2 six minutes into stoppage time after the Magpies found themselves on the wrong end of a VAR decision for the third successive Premier League game.
It was no more than the visitors deserved after out-playing and out-thinking their hosts for much of a contest they probably should have won at a canter, but found themselves chasing after Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin had struck either side of Mohamed Elyounoussi's equaliser.
Newcastle head coach Bruce, who endured chants of “We want Brucie out” during a dreadful first half, must have thought his luck had changed when Saint-Maximin scored as the clocked ticked into added time, but Ward-Prowse ensured his side are still awaiting their first victory of the campaign.