International Soccer - England

Late surge sees Arsenal draw Everton at Goodison

Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Arsenal struck twice in the final 10 minutes of play on Saturday to steal a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

After coughing up a late lead last week and being held to a 2-2 draw by newly- promoted Leicester City, the Blues came flying out of the gate in front of the home fans as Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith netted first-half goals for Everton, but Roberto Martinez's side again couldn't hold the lead and were forced into their second straight draw.

Arsenal was hoping for a better overall performance after sneaking past Crystal Palace last time out at the Emirates. Aaron Ramsey scored in the 83rd minute and Olivier Giroud added the equalizer in the 90th minute for the Gunners, who climbed to four points from their first two matches.

The Toffees opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Coleman did well to get on the end of an excellent long ball off the foot of Gareth Barry and nod it into the roof of the net, leaving Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with little chance for a save.

The home side made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time when Romelu Lukaku pushed it past Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal down the right flank, cut inside and threaded it into the path of Naismith, who fired it through the legs of Szczesny.

But the Gunners battled back to make it 2-1 when Santi Cazorla did well to send a low cross into the area for Ramsey to slam home at the back post.

Sensing they could now get something from the game, Arsenal pushed forward looking for the equalizer and it came when Monreal whipped a cross into the box from the left flank. Giroud did well to get inside position on Everton defender Sylvain Distin and rifle a header past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard with pace for the equalizing tally.

Chelsea 2, Leicester City 0

London, England - Chelsea maintained its early perfect record with a comfortable 2-0 win over newly-promoted Leicester City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

After easing past Burnley last week, the Blues had a less-than inspiring first half, but turned up the pressure in the second half and new signing Diego Costa opened the scoring in the 63rd minute from close range for his second goal in as many games.

Leicester gave a good account of itself for the second straight week, but Chelsea put the result away in the 74th minute through Eden Hazard, who got on the end of a through ball from Cesc Fabregas and slid it past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to wrap up all three points.

West Ham 3, Crystal Palace 1

London, England - West Ham United claimed its first win of the season on Saturday after rolling to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Hammers opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark when Mauro Zarate smashed one home from outside the box following a corner kick. It was 2-0 for the visitors in the 37th minute after former Liverpool man Stewart Downing netted his first of the season.

Palace pulled one back three minutes into the second half through Marouane Chamakh, but the Hammers restored their two-goal margin in the 62nd minute through a goal from Carlton Cole.

Southampton 0, West Bromwich 0

Southampton, England - Southampton and West Bromwich Albion played to a scoreless draw on Saturday at St. Mary's Stadium.

It was a fairly even match through 90 minutes as both sides fired two attempts on frame. New signing Graziano Pelle created Southampton's first chance of the match in the eighth minute but his glancing header went wide of the post.

West Brom didn't offer much going forward and both sides were forced to settle for a point apiece.

Swansea City 1, Burnley 0

Swansea, Wales - Swansea earned its second consecutive win on Saturday after grinding out a 1-0 victory over newly-promoted Burnley at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea earned an impressive opening-day win over Manchester United last time out and had the better of the play against Burnley for the entire opening 45 minutes.

The Swans opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as Gylfi Sigurdsson threaded a nice ball into the path of Dyer, who beat Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton to the near post for the only tally of the day.

Aston Villa 0, Newcastle 0

Birmingham, England - Newcastle United claimed its first point of the new Premier League season on Saturday after earning a scoreless draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The Magpies had the better of the play for much of the 90 minutes, keeping 60 percent of the ball and firing four shots on target, while holing the Villans without an attempt on frame.

But both teams struggled to create many quality scoring chances and United was able to hold on for a point despite defender Mike Williamson being sent off late in the game.

The result lifts Newcastle to one point, while Aston Villa jumps to four points from their first two matches.

08/23 14:44:17 ET

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