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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud reacts as and celebrates as referee Mike Dean, centre, says the ball has crossed the line for a goal during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates stadium in London, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Arsenal won the match 4-3.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)(Photo: The Associated Press)

Soccer Roundup: Arsenal rallies to beat Leicester in thrilling Premier League opener / World Scores

LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday to ensure Arsene Wenger’s side opened the English Premier League with a victory for only the second time in eight seasons.

Arsenal turned around the league’s first Friday opener in the closing minutes at Emirates Stadium. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points with a header inside two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette launched his Premier League career in style by heading in the opener after 94 seconds.

A predictable Arsenal implosion followed, with Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy putting Leicester in front. Even after Danny Welbeck leveled on the stroke of halftime, Vardy restored Leicester’s lead after the break.

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But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn’t hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973. Instead, Wenger avoided a third consecutive season-opening loss at the start of his new two-year contract.

The Frenchman will be hoping it’s a sign of changing fortunes after a season when he reached his nadir. Although Arsenal signed off in May by lifting the FA Cup, a fifth-place finish ensured the north London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

This was the perfect lift-off for Arsenal, particularly for Lacazette.

The first touch from the 60 million euros ($68 million) signing was at kickoff. His second was to meet Mohamed Elneny’s cross with a powerful header past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Lacazette, recruited from Lyon, savored the moment, opening his arms out wide to take in the acclamation of his new home.

Arsenal’s defense, though, was still on its summer break.

Just 160 seconds after Lacazette scored, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was picking the ball out of his net. Harry Maguire nodded Marc Albrighton’s cross back into the path of Okazaki who headed Leicester level.

Before completing a half-hour of the season, Arsenal was trailing. Again, Albrighton was the architect, afforded far too much space to rampage down the left flank before crossing low for Vardy to turn the ball into the net.

How quickly optimism faded as Arsenal’s enduring defensive flaws were exposed so soon. There was a lifeline for Wenger before halftime when Welbeck met Sead Kolasinac’s cross to tap in an equalizer.

Leicester, however, was back in front 11 minutes into the second half.

Cech initially tipped over Riyad Mahrez’s shot but the latter turned provider from the resulting corner. The defense failed to check Vardy ghosting into the penalty area and the striker was unmarked as he nodded in the corner.

“We’re top of the league,” Leicester fans chanted for the first time since May 2016 when their club was in possession of a Premier League trophy that Arsenal has not lifted since 2004.

Leicester couldn’t stay on top, though. Schmeichel’s saves were keeping Leicester in front but he was beaten when Ramsey got on the end of Granit Xhaka’s cross and, again, when substitute Giroud headed in a corner.

“It was the first game of the season,” Cech said, “and it was a classic for everybody to watch.”

Just not the type of display that delivers titles.

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WORLD SCORES: COURTESY OF LIVESCORE.COM

August 11
FT
Arsenal
Leicester City
August 11
FT
Torino
Trapani
FT
VfB Eichstatt
Bayern Munich II
FT
FC Unterfoehring
SpVgg Bayreuth
FT
Ingolstadt II
TSV Buchbach
August 11
FT
SV Drochtersen/Assel
Wolfsburg II
FT
TSV Steinbach
TSV Schott Mainz
August 11
FT
Koblenz
Dynamo Dresden
FT
Holstein Kiel
Eintracht Braunschweig
AET
Karlsruher SC
Bayer Leverkusen
FT
RW Essen
Borussia Moenchengladbach
August 11
FT
Nice
Troyes
FT
Rennes
Lyon
August 11
FT
Brest
GFC Ajaccio
FT
Niort
Auxerre
FT
Orleans
AC Ajaccio
FT
Paris FC
Le Havre
FT
Quevilly
Bourg en Bresse Peronnas
Canc.
SC Bastia
??
Le Havre
FT
Tours
Reims
FT
Valenciennes
Clermont Foot
August 11
FT
AS Beziers
Concarneau
FT
Avranches
Dunkerque
FT
Chambly
Les Herbiers
FT
Cholet
Red Star
FT
Grenoble
Rodez
FT
Laval
Entente SSG
FT
Lyon la Duchere
Pau
FT
Marseille Consolat
Creteil
Postp.
SC Bastia
??
Boulogne
August 11
FT
ADO Den Haag
FC Utrecht
August 11
FT
Zulte-Waregem
Club Brugge
FT
Cercle Brugge
Union St.-Gilloise
August 11
FT
Sporting CP
Vitoria de Setubal
August 11
FT
Partick Thistle
Celtic
FT
Osasuna
Eibar
FT
Cadiz
Las Palmas
FT
Getafe
Atletico Madrid
FT
Valencia
Atalanta
FT
Malaga
Villarreal
August 11
FT
Silkeborg
FC Helsingoer
FT
Hvidovre
Naestved
FT
Odder IGF
Ringkoebing
August 11
FT
Sandefjord
Sogndal
August 11
FT
Malmoe FF
Kalmar FF
August 11
FT
OPS
KPV
FT
TPS
Honka
August 11
FT
Austria Lustenau
Kapfenberger SV
FT
BW Linz
Ried
FT
Floridsdorfer AC
Wiener Neustadt
FT
Hartberg
FC Liefering
FT
Wattens
FC Wacker Innsbruck
August 11
FT
Istanbul Basaksehir
Bursaspor
August 11
FT
Ankaragucu
Erzurum BB
August 11
FT
Cabinteely
UCD
FT
Waterford FC
Shelbourne
FT
Shamrock Rovers
Glenville
FT
Wexford FC
Crumlin United
AET
Finn Harps
Bohemian FC
August 11
FT
Bala Town
Newtown
FT
Bangor City
TNS
FT
Prestatyn Town FC
Connah’s Quay
FT
Ballymena United
Crusaders
August 11
FT
Slavia Prague
Vysocina Jihlava
August 11
FT
Usti nad Labem
Opava
FT
Vitkovice
Znojmo
August 11
FT
Nitra
Zlate Moravce
August 11
FT
Veles Moscow
Torpedo Vladimir
FT
Znamya
Luki-Energiya
FT
Dinamo St Petersburg II
Pskov 747
FT
FC Dolgoprudny
Chertanovo Moscow
FT
Spartak Kostroma
Tekstilshchik
FT
CRFSO Smolensk
Murom
FT
Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow
Kolomna
Canc.
FC Ryazan
??
Yunost Moscow
FT
Zenit Penza
Kaluga
FT
Dinamo Briansk
Sokol Saratov
FT
FC Ryazan
FC Rotor Volgograd II
FT
Torpedo Moscow
Strogino
FT
Ararat Moscow
Khimik Novomoskovsk
FT
Saturn Ramenskoye
Energomash Belgorod
FT
Zorky Krasnogorsk
Metalurg Lypetsk
Canc.
Neftekhimik
??
Dinamo Kirov
Canc.
Zenit Izhevsk
??
Akademiya Togliati
FT
NoSta
KamAZ
FT
FC Chelyabinsk
Mordovya
FT
Anzhi-Junior Zelenodolsk
Syzran-2003
FT
Volga Ulyanovsk
FC Orenburg II
FT
Zenit Izhevsk
Krylya Sovetov Samara II
FT
Lada Togliati
Ural II
August 11
FT
Dynamo Kyiv
Zirka
August 11
FT
Legia Warszawa
Piast Gliwice
August 11
FT
Stomil Olsztyn
Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala
FT
GKS Katowice
Puszcza Niepolomice
August 11
FT
Lodzki KS
MKS Kluczbork
FT
Warta Poznan
ROW Rybnik 1964
FT
Radomiak Radom
Rozwoj Katowice
August 11
FT
Rijeka
Dinamo Zagreb
FT
Hajduk Split
Slaven
August 11
FT
NK Celje
ND Triglav
FT
Maribor
Domzale
August 11
FT
ACS Poli Timisoara
FC Viitorul Constanta
FT
Cherno More Varna
Slavia Sofia
FT
Septemvri Sofia
PFC CSKA-Sofia
August 11
FT
Isloch
FK Gorodeya
FT
BATE Borisov
Dinamo Brest
August 11
FT
FCI Tallinn
Levadia Tallinn
FT
Flora Tallinn
Tulevik Viljandi
FT
Paide Linnameeskond
Trans Narva
August 11
FT
Brasil de Pelotas
Guarani
FT
Vila Nova
Boa Esporte Clube
FT
America MG
Nautico
FT
Club Petrolero
San Jose
FT
O’Higgins
Union Espanola
FT
Tolima
Atletico Huila
FT
General Diaz
Independiente CG
FT
Rubio Nu
Nacional
August 11
FT
Puebla
Tijuana
FT
Atlas
CF America
August 11
FT
FC Edmonton
New York Cosmos
August 11
FT
Ehime FC
Mito Hollyhock
FT
FC Gifu
Fagiano Okayama FC
FT
JEF United Chiba
Renofa Yamaguchi
FT
Kyoto Sanga FC
Avispa Fukuoka
FT
Montedio Yamagata
Zweigen Kanazawa
FT
Thespakusatsu Gunma
Kamatamare Sanuki
FT
Tokyo Verdy
Roasso Kumamoto
FT
Oita Trinita
Machida Zelvia
FT
Tokushima Vortis
Yokohama FC
FT
V-Varen Nagasaki
Shonan Bellmare
August 11
FT
Global FC
Boeung Ket
FT
Hougang United FC
Nagaworld FC
August 11
FT
FK Neftchi
Qarabag FK
August 11
Aband.
Lokomotivi Tbilisi
Torpedo Kutaisi
August 11
FT
Mitra Kukar
Barito Putera
FT
Sriwijaya FC
Semen Padang
August 11
FT
FC Mashhad
Foolad Khuzestan
FT
Paykan
Zob Ahan
FT
Sepahan
Pars Jonoubi Jam Bushehr
FT
Esteghlal
Tractor Sazi Tabriz
FT
Sanat Naft Abadan
Padideh FC
August 11
FT
Aktobe
FC Astana
FT
Al Qadasiya
Al-Raed
FT
Al Ittihad
Al Batin
FT
Al-Ettifaq
Al Ahli
AET
Bidvest Wits *
Lamontville Golden Arrows
09:09 (-04:00)12 Aug 2017 (Sat)

LiveScore Table

  1
Arsenal
1
3
live 2
Liverpool
1
3
  3
AFC Bournemouth
0
0
  3
Brighton & Hove Albion
0
0
  3
Burnley
0
0
  3
Chelsea
0
0
  3
Crystal Palace
0
0
  3
Everton
0
0
  3
Huddersfield Town
0
0
  3
Manchester City
0
0
  3
Manchester United
0
0
  3
Newcastle United
0
0
  3
Southampton
0
0
  3
Stoke City
0
0
  3
Swansea City
0
0
  3
Tottenham Hotspur
0
0
  3
West Bromwich Albion
0
0
  3
West Ham United
0
0
  19
Leicester City
1
0
live 20
Watford
1
0
LiveScore Soccer – 11 august 2017 soccer scores
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