London: Fraizer Campbell scored from two second-half corners on Sunday as newly promoted Cardiff City stunned Manchester City 3-2 for their first top-flight victory in more than 50 years.
In the other match of the day, Spaniard Roberto Soldado’s goal via a spot-kick earned Tottenham Hotspur a hard-earned win over Swansea City, at White Hart Lane.
Campbell put Cardiff up 2-1 against the run of play when he nodded home from two yards out in the 79th minute and then added a second from another corner eight minutes later to secure a massive upset in the team’s first Premier League home game.
Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back in injury time but City couldn’t find an equaliser even after six minutes were given as added time.
A single point was what most of the fans were hoping for against a City team that beat Newcastle 4-0 last Monday to start their campaign – especially after Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead with a fierce strike in the 52nd minute.
But Aron Gunnarsson levelled for Cardiff by slotting in a rebound in the 60th and Campbell then did the rest to secure the biggest upset in this season’s Premier League so far.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart seemed to misjudge Peter Whittingham’s inswinging corner and Campbell was on hand near the far corner to push it into the net from close range – following a 10-minute spell where City had dominated possession completely.
Campbell’s second goal was similar, although the corner came from the left this time as he escaped Pablo Zabaleta to head home what proved to be a historic winning goal.
At White Hart Lane, Soldado converted from 12 yards out early in the second half to wrap up the points, after Jonjo Shelvey had felled Andros Townsend in the area.