Best of the weekend
Sky Sports casts an eye over this weekend's Premier League action and picks out some of the key highlights
Last Updated: 28/10/13 9:14am
Luis Suarez: Tormented West Brom with a hat-trick in Liverpool¿s win
Game of the weekend
A clash between the two favourites for the Premier League lived up to its billing as Chelsea edged a Stamford Bridge thriller. There were moments the main protagonists would rather forget, such as when Fernando Torres squandered a glorious first-half chance, but it was the Spaniard who had the last laugh as he seized on a defensive mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart to turn home a late winner. Torres was at the centre of the action all afternoon and it was his wonderful run which set up Andre Schurrle's opening goal, before Sergio Aguero equalised in stunning fashion with a powerful strike past Petr Cech.
Moment of the weekend
The Wear-Tyne derby has a tendency to produce incredible drama and there was at last something for Sunderland fans to smile about this season as they claimed a late 2-1 victory over North-East rivals Newcastle United on Sunday. Steven Fletcher's fifth-minute goal had been cancelled out by Mathieu Debuchy and it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point, until Fabio Borini struck wonderfully past Tim Krul from distance in the 84th minute. It sealed a first win of the season for the Black Cats and a perfect home debut for new manager Gus Poyet.
Player of the weekend
Suarez produced another virtuoso performance to inspire Liverpool to a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. The Uruguayan conjured the first goal of the game out of nowhere as he wriggled past a couple of challenges in the 12th minute before firing calmly past the goalkeeper. While his opener was all about quick feet, Suarez's next goal showed a different side to his game as he headed powerfully into the top corner from the edge of the area. He completed his hat-trick with another excellent header, diverting Steven Gerrard's free-kick, to further fuel discussion about whether Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title.
Goal of the weekend
Suarez may have been the star of the show at Anfield but it was strike partner Sturridge who provided the pick of the goals with a sublime fourth for Liverpool after West Brom's hopes had briefly been raised by James Morrison's penalty. Sturridge, full of confidence after a stunning start to the season, clearly did not want the match to finish without making a memorable contribution. Having glided into a threatening area just outside the area, most would have expected Sturridge to play a pass or go for a powerful shot, and Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was completely deceived by the England international's perfectly weighted lob as it floated agonisingly over his head and dropped into the net.
Disallowed goal of the weekend
There was a bizarre end to Norwich City's game against Cardiff City at Carrow Road when visiting goalkeeper David Marshall put the ball out of play following an injury to Alexander Tettey. Most of the players paused in the centre of the pitch as Tettey received treatment but Ricky van Wolfswinkel went over to take the throw-in and, rather than return it to the waiting goalkeeper, opted to give it to team-mate Leroy Fer. He stroked the ball into the empty net to spark confusion as Cardiff were understandably angry that it appeared they had conceded a goal, but referee Mike Jones showed common sense to rule it out, explaining that he had not blown his whistle for play to continue. Fer admitted later that he had been trying to score, although Cardiff boss Malky Mackay revealed that Norwich would have been willing to let them walk in an equaliser if it had been allowed to stand.
Save of the weekend
It has been a weekend of magnificent saves, with Tim Howard, David Marshall and Brad Guzan among those to excel between the posts. However, the best stop of the bunch arguably came in the clash at Selhurst Park. Arsenal's slender 1-0 lead was under threat after Mikel Arteta's red card and struggling Crystal Palace were piling on the pressure in pursuit of an equaliser. Joel Ward hit the crossbar and a minute later Szczesny pulled off a stunning save as he leapt away to his right to get a strong hand to Mile Jedinak's ferocious strike. The Pole's reaction was especially quick as he appeared to be unsighted in a crowded area until the very last second, and it proved to be a vital moment as Olivier Giroud's late header sealed a 2-0 victory for the early Premier League leaders.
Controversy of the weekend
Hull City were well on their way to getting a hard-fought point at White Hart Lane when their game against Tottenham Hotspur suddenly turned on a controversial refereeing call from Michael Oliver ten minutes from time. Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have handled Jan Vertonghen's cross inside the area, even though it did not look deliberate as it crashed into his arm at point-blank range. Roberto Soldado stepped up to tuck home the spot-kick and Tigers manager Steve Bruce was left to bemoan what he felt was a 'joke decision'.