Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham shock Liverpool: Newcastle ruin Forest’s return

The promoted Fulham marked their return to the top flight with a 2-2 draw against title contenders Liverpool at Craven Cottage on the first Saturday of the new Premier League season.

Erbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose 43 goals helped win the Sky Bet championship, broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when he headed past Alisson Becker.

Liverpool’s summer-record $85m contract with Darwin Nunes put the Reds on an impromptu heel just past the hour mark, but Mitrovic gave Fulham the lead with a 72nd-minute penalty.

But with 10 minutes left, Mohamed Salah took over after Nunes set him up to secure Jurgen Klopp’s team the first point in their quest to take the title from rivals Manchester City.

Nottingham Forest were defeated 2-0 by Newcastle in their first Premier League game in 23 years.

Forest, who made it through the playoffs, brought in 12 players to bolster Steve Cooper’s side and went goalless in the first half at St. James’ Park.

However, the stalemate was finally broken just before the end of the hour when defenseman Fabian Shar crashed a 20-yard shot from the post after Forest failed to clear a corner.

Newcastle added a second with 12 minutes left when Callum Wilson made a low cross from Joelinton.

Tottenham came from behind and beat Southampton 4-1.

Saints captain James Ward-Prowse silenced fans when he opened the scoring in the 12th minute.


Eric Dier hits the mark as Tottenham Hotspur rallied to see Southampton off (Kirsty O’Connor/Pennsylvania)

However, Spurs were soon back on level ground when Ryan Sessegnon headed a header and Eric Dier nodded his head a second after a corner kick as the hosts completed their turn before half time.

An hour later, Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu put Son Heung-min’s cross into his own net, and then the impressive Dejan Kulusevski quickly added a fourth for Spurs in the 63rd minute.

Promoted Bournemouth, back in the top flight after two seasons in the league, kicked off the campaign with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries took the lead two minutes later when Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma headed in from a corner and Kieffer Moore headed in the last second to score.

Leeds started the season after recovering and beating Wolves 2-1 at Elland Road.

Daniel Podens put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute when his volley went wide of the crossbar.

However, Leeds returned to an equal footing in the 24th minute thanks to a corner kick from Rodrigo.

With 16 minutes left, Patrick Bamford’s low cross turned into his goal from Wolves guard Ryan Ait-Nouri under pressure from Brenden Aaronsohn.