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Man City seal 2-1 win against Sheffield United


Rodri came up with another big goal for Manchester City, scoring in the 88th minute to secure the champions a 2-1 win at Sheffield United and a third straight victory to open its Premier League title defence.

After Erling Haaland responded to missing a first-half penalty by breaking the deadlock in the 63rd, it looked like City would be dropping points in a game it dominated when a mistake by captain Kyle Walker gifted Jayden Bogle an unlikely 85th-minute equaliser.

Walker made amends by winning the ball back on the right wing and crossing to Phil Foden, whose miscontrol went straight to Rodri and the midfielder made no mistake with a fierce left-foot shot into the top corner.

Rodri was the scorer of City's winner in the Champions League final last season and has already scored twice this campaign, having netted at Burnley in the opening round.

City is the only team with a maximum of nine points so far.

At Turf Moor, Matty Cash's first Aston Villa goals in over a year inspired Unai Emery's side to a 3-1 victory over Burnley.

Cash came into the side as the only unenforced change from Villa's 5-0 midweek Europa Conference League play-off win over Hibernian, and ensured there was no European hangover for his side as he scored twice in the opening 20 minutes.

Lyle Foster gave Burnley hope with a powerful strike two minutes into the second half, but Moussa Diaby restored Villa's two-goal advantage just after the hour as they ended a five-match winless league run on the road.

Burnley built their Sky Bet Championship title on the back of a 21-match unbeaten run at home, but have started life back in the Premier League with back-to-back defeats at Turf Moor.

Burnley looked rusty after the postponement of last weekend's trip to Luton left them with an enforced rest and were being overrun defensively as the chances kept coming.

Darwin Nunez came off the bench to fire 10-man Liverpool to a sensational 2-1 win at Newcastle as they staged a late, late show.

Trailing to former Everton striker Anthony Gordon's opener and at a numerical disadvantage following Virgil van Dijk's dismissal, Liverpool refused to accept defeat and got their reward when the Uruguay international levelled with nine minutes remaining and then snatched victory three minutes into stoppage time.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrated wildly in front of the home dugout and on the pitch after the final whistle as the home fans among a crowd of 52,214 trudged away barely able to believe what they had witnessed.

with PA