Weekend Football Review

It was a weekend filled with the joy and drama as league football returned after a long international break.
Sadio Mane’s red card, which subsequently led to Liverpool getting hammered by Manchester City, got tongues wagging in the Premier League.
The Multichoice Diski Challenge fourth season got off to a flying start as champions Sundowns suffered a shock defeat while Cape Town City ran riot over Polokwane City in a dramatic match.
SuperSport United and Cape Town City will contest this season’s MTN8 final.
UNITED HELD, CITY RUN RIOT
Manchester City took full advantage of Sadio Mane's controversial red card to thrash title rivals Liverpool 5-0, while Manchester United lost their 100 percent record after a 2-2 draw at Stoke on Saturday.
At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a vital 3-0 win against Bournemouth. Subjected to stinging criticism following Arsenal's damaging defeats against Stoke and Liverpool, it took a brace from Danny Welbeck and a goal from Alexandre Lacazette to lift Wenger's gloom.
Alexis Sanchez came off the bench in the closing stages for his first Arsenal appearance this season following the collapse of his mooted move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day.
Harry Kane reached his Tottenham century as the England striker's brace inspired an impressive 3-0 win at Everton. Kane bagged his 100th Tottenham goal – and first this season – in the 28th minute, looping a long-range cross-shot over Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Chelsea survived a tense finish as the champions made it three successive wins with a 2-1 victory at Leicester.
Antonio Conte's side took the lead through Alvaro Morata's third goal for the club and N'Golo Kante returned to haunt his old side with a 50th minute long-range strike. Jamie Vardy pulled one back for Leicester from the penalty spot.
Brighton secured their first top-flight win for 34 years, with Pascal Gross's double clinching a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Amex Stadium.
GOALS RAIN IN DISKI CHALLENGE
The fourth season of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge got off to a flying start as it produced a total of 27 goals, Cape Town City being the pick of the net busters.
City hammered an eight-man Polokwane City 7-0 at the Gugulethu Stadium on Saturday. Polokwane only fielded eight players from the start, and according to the club the unfortunate situation was due to injuries and suspensions.
Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic courtesy of a brace from dribbling wizard Thabo Mile, who had the fans on the edge of their seats every time he got the ball.
Papi Zothwane got his coaching career off to a winning start as his Golden Arrows team beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 in a nail-biter on Sunday.
In other matches, Maritzburg United edged out Free State Stars 2-1 while Orlando Pirates got off to a winning start as Thabiso Kutumela scored a brace to power the Bucs to a 2-1 win over AmaZulu.
SUPERSPORT, CT CITY IN MTN8 FINAL
Eric Tinkler will face his former paymasters and national teammate, now coach Benni McCarthy in the final of the of the MTN8 after the two men led their respective clubs to the final of the money spinning tournament.
Tinkler masterminded SuperSport United’s 2-0 victory over Maritzburg United in the second-leg semifinal clash decided by a brace from Jeremy Brockie - to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.
McCarthy, who took over the reigns after Tinkler crossed over to Matsantsantsa guided Cape Town City to a 2-1 win over Bidvest Wits in the second leg of their semifinal match.
As a result, the Citizens advance to the top-eight cup final for the first time in their history after winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate, while the Clever Boys - last year's champions - bow out of the competition.
SOCIEDAD, BARCA JOINT TOP
Real Sociedad scored twice early and late on to see off Deportivo la Coruna 4-2 and move alongside Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Lionel Messi's hat-trick saw Barcelona move four points clear of rivals Real Madrid as Ousmane Dembele marked his debut with an assist in a 5-0 rout of local rivals Espanyol on Saturday.
Madrid paid for the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held to a shock 1-1 home draw by newly-promoted Levante.
Barca made no such mistake as for all their early season off-field problems, Ernesto Valverde's men have taken maximum points from their opening three La Liga games.
Atletico Madrid also trail Barca by four points as they drew a blank in an intense 0-0 draw at Valencia, without the suspended Antoine Griezmann.

Sevilla moved up to second, just two points behind the leaders, as goals from Paulo Henrique Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder and Nolito secured a 3-0 win over Eibar.