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Guardiola's Man City down Sunderland, Leicester stunned by Hull

  • Published at 12:50 am August 14th, 2016
Guardiola's Man City down Sunderland, Leicester stunned by Hull
Defender Paddy McNair's late own goal ensured new coach Pep Guardiola's Premier League career got off to a winning start as Manchester City downed Sunderland 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Debutant McNair, under pressure from Kelechi Iheanacho, turned the ball past keeper Vito Mannone in the 87th minute to deny Sunderland a point after Jermain Defoe's nerveless second-half finish had cancelled out Sergio Aguero's early penalty. Aguero fired City into the lead in the fourth minute after Patrick van Aanholt brought down the lively Raheem Sterling but City were lethargic in attack despite enjoying the vast majority of possession. Sunderland thought they had taken a point when the evergreen Defoe peeled away from the home defence after being picked out by Jack Rodwell in the 71st minute. However, coach David Moyes was denied a debut draw as City's growing pressure finally told. Meanwhile, Leicester City became the first Premier League champions to begin their title defence with a defeat when they slumped to a shock 2-1 reverse at injury-ravaged Hull City on Saturday. Robert Snodgrass fired a 57th-minute winner for Hull but Claudio Ranieri's Leicester lacked the intensity that underpinned their previous campaign. Riyad Mahrez's second-half penalty cancelled out Adama Diomande's acrobatic overhead kick for the hosts before Snodgrass slammed the ball home from inside the box. "They played better," said Ranieri. "We tried to do our best, our effort was amazing but it was individual, not as a team." [caption id="attachment_10215" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Britain Football Soccer - Hull City v Leicester City - Premier League - The Kingston Communications Stadium - 13/8/16 Hull City's Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring their second goal  Action Images via Reuters / Craig Brough Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details. Hull City's Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring their second goal against Leicester City[/caption] Erik Lamela's excellent second-half header rescued a 1-1 draw for Tottenham Hotspur at Everton. Ross Barkley had earlier given new manager Ronald Koeman an ideal start to life at Goodison Park with a fifth-minute free kick. Spurs lost goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to a hamstring injury in the 36th minute but bounced back when Lamela nodded in Kyle Walker's cross. The visitors could have snatched a late winner when Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg denied new signing Vincent Janssen. "The first half was difficult for us and we didn't play well," said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. "Hugo got injured and that had a big impact on us. In the second half we played as we usually play." A debut goal for Nathan Redmond helped Southampton come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Watford while a late Leroy Fer strike gave Swansea City a 1-0 win at promoted Burnley who were left rueing a penalty claim that was rejected. Xherdan Shaqiri's free kick helped Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at promoted Middlesbrough after Alvaro Negredo's debut opener. West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Crystal Palace thanks to a goal from Salomon Rondon. Results:  Burnley 0 Swansea City 1 Crystal Palace 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Hull City 2 Leicester City 1 Manchester City 2 Sunderland 1 Middlesbrough 1 Stoke City 1 Southampton 1 Watford 1