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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Emmanuel Dennis (10')
  • Ismaïla Sarr (42')
  • Cucho Hernández (67')
  • John McGinn (70')
  • Danny Ings (90'+7' PEN)

Watford hold on to make winning Premier League return against Villa

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Emmanuel Dennis and Cucho Hernandez scored on their debuts as Watford made a winning return to the Premier League by beating Aston Villa 3-2 in their season opener.

Playing in the centre of Watford's front three, Nigeria international Dennis opened the scoring after 10 minutes by driving home the rebound from his own blocked shot.

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He turned provider when he set up Ismaila Sarr, whose shot took a deflection off the outstretched foot of Tyrone Mings to send it looping over goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and into the net three minutes before the break.

Dennis suffered a foot injury and was replaced in the 66th minute by Colombian Hernandez. A minute later the 22-year-old curled home an exquisite strike from the edge of the box in his first game for the club after a number of seasons on loan in Spain.

John McGinn pulled one back for Villa with a brilliant strike on the half-volley from the edge of the area four minutes later, but Villa created little until deep into stoppage time when Bertrand Traore won a penalty.

New signing Danny Ings stepped up to fire home the spot kick but it made little difference to the end result as Watford held on to win 3-2.

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