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Tottenham win in extra-time; Aston Villa, Hull City also notch up first wins

Tottenham beat West Ham, Aston Villa defeated Stoke & Hull also won vs QPR; Everton, West Brom held to draw.

By: Associated Press | London | Updated: August 16, 2014 11:19 pm
Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier shoots to score as West Ham United's Adrian looks on during their EPL match. (Source: Reuters) Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier shoots to score as West Ham United’s Adrian looks on during their EPL match. (Source: Reuters)

Debutant Eric Dier scored in stoppage time to give Tottenham a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday in Mauricio Pochettino first game as manager, with both sides having a player sent off in their Premier League opener at Upton Park.

Dier, an offseason signing from Sporting Lisbon, rounded goalkeeper Adrian and slotted the ball into an empty net in the final moments of the match.

Earlier, Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton was shown a red card in the 29th minute for handball in the area, but West Ham midfielder Mark Noble put the resultant penalty wide.

West Ham center back James Collins was sent off in the second half for a second yellow card after bringing down Emmanuel Adebayor outside the area, before Dier won the match for Tottenham against its London rival.

Weimann goal gives Villa opening-day win at Stoke

An early second-half strike from Andreas Weimann gave Aston Villa a 1-0 victory against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on the opening day of the Premier League season Saturday.

Stephen Ireland and Marc Wilson failed to clear the ball from the penalty area in the 50th minute, and Weimann fired across goal and past Asmir Begovic to put Villa ahead.

Stoke, which handed a debut to Bojan Krkic, an offseason signing from Barcelona, failed to find a way past Villa’s stubborn defense as Paul Lambert’s team held on for all three points.

Leicester draws 2-2 with Everton on PL return

Chris Wood rescued a point for Leicester on its return to the Premier League, netting a late equalizer for a 2-2 draw at home against Everton on Saturday.

Wood slotted in a clinical finish past goalkeeper Tim Howard as Leicester twice came from behind in its first game back in the top flight since 2004.

Aiden McGeady put Everton ahead when he curled a perfect finish into the far top corner in the 21st minute, but Jose Ulloa pulled the hosts level just a minute later with a scrappy finish inside the area.

Steven Naismith put Everton back ahead on the stroke of halftime but Wood took advantage of a lucky bounce when the ball fell at his feet after a shot by Riyad Mahrez was blocked by Phil Jagielka.

Hull beats QPR 1-0 in Premier League opener

Newly promoted Queens Park Rangers lost its first game back in the Premier League as Hull won 1-0 Saturday at Loftus Road.

James Chester headed the visitors ahead from close range in the 52nd minute after a cross from Stephen Quinn.

Chester gave Harry Redknapp’s team – back in the league after only a year’s absence – a chance of a late equalizer when he handled the ball in his area. But Charlie Austin’s penalty kick was saved by Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor in the bottom left corner in the 85th.

Rio Ferdinand played his first league game for QPR after being released by Manchester United.

West Brom, Sunderland open PL season with 2-2 draw

Sebastian Larsson scored a late equalizer as Sunderland snatched a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Jordi Gomez found Patrick van Aanholt down the left and his cut-back was deftly diverted past goalkeeper Ben Foster by Larsson from close range in the 85th minute at the Hawthorns.

West Brom had looked like making a winning start under new manager Alan Irvine after Saido Berahino struck twice following Lee Cattermole’s fifth-minute opener for Sunderland from outside the area.

Berahino’s first came from a contentious penalty in the 42nd after Victor Anichebe appeared to go down at the slightest hint of a shirt-pull from Valentin Roberge. Berahino struck again in the 74th, getting ahead of Van Aanholt before tapping the ball into the net.

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