London: Fernando Torres opened his account
for the season as Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 to
claim its first win in the Premier League, while Darren Bent
scored Sunderland`s injury-time winner against Manchester
Liverpool started the match in the league`s bottom three
on just one point but Torres` 65th-minute volley allowed his
team to climb into mid-table on four points yesterday. West
Brom had James Morrison sent off with five minutes left.
Bent converted a penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage
time as Sunderland won 1-0 against big-spending City, which
was looking to join Arsenal and Manchester United on seven
Elsewhere, Aston Villa beat Everton 1-0 thanks to Luke
Young`s ninth-minute strike and Robbie Blake scored with a
late free kick as 10-man Bolton recovered from going two goals
down to draw 2-2 with Birmingham.
Chelsea leads the table with nine points after winning
its first three games, the latest coming against Stoke on
Torres started on his own up front after being rested for
Liverpool`s win in Trabzonspor on Thursday, which qualified
the five-time European champions for the group stage of the
Europa League, and played an integral part of most of his
side`s attacking moves at Anfield.
The Spain striker squandered a number of half-chances in
the first half but found the target in the 65th minute when he
met a cross by Dirk Kuyt with a right-foot volley into the
bottom corner. Center back Martin Skrtel also went close for
Liverpool, who bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at City.
Morrison was sent off by referee Lee Probert after being
penalized for a lunge at Torres as West Brom slipped to its
second defeat in three matches. A glaring miss by Carlos Tevez
proved costly as City lost for the first time this season,
dropping to ninth spot as a result.
Tevez missed an open goal in the 16th minute after being
played in by Yaya Toure, and Bent made City pay by shooting
his penalty low past Joe Hart deep into injury time after the
England striker was fouled by Micah Richards.
Roberto Mancini`s City side dominated the first half but
failed to take advantage of their grip on the game, while
Sunderland made the most of its opportunity despite losing
striker Fraizer Campbell with what looked a serious injury.
Central defender Roger Johnson put Birmingham in front
after four minutes against Bolton and was then involved in the
incident that led to the sending-off of Bolton goalkeeper
Jussi Jaaskelainen in the 37th.
Craig Gardner added a second for Birmingham in the 50th
minute but Bolton bounced back, with Kevin Davies` penalty
reducing the deficit and Blake`s curling free kick 10 minutes
from time sealing a superb comeback.