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Chelsea beats Arsenal; United loses in EPL

Source : AP
Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 07:16 hrs

Chelsea came through its sternest test of the season to stay on top of the English Premier League, beating Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday to open up a three-point lead after Manchester United lost at home to Tottenham for the first time in 23 years.

American forward Clint Dempsey scored in the Spurs' 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

United dropped to third place and even on points with defending champion Manchester City, which needed a late goal by Edin Dzeko to grab a 2-1 victory at Fulham.

Everton is the nearest challenger to Chelsea following its 3-1 come-from-behind win over Southampton and Liverpool completed a good day for Merseyside by earning its first league triumph of the season, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez getting a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Norwich.

Unbeaten Chelsea's fifth win in six games was secured by goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata and a strong rearguard display from a defense featuring John Terry, two days after he received a four-match ban for on-pitch racial abuse.

On a day of 29 goals — the most in a single day in the English top flight since February — five came in the United-Spurs match, with Dempsey scoring what proved to be the winner in the 52nd minute.

"It was a rollercoaster, up and down," said Dempsey, whose first goal for Spurs earned the team a third straight win and left it in fifth place — a point behind the Manchester clubs.

"We found ourselves 2-0 up and then in the second half, it seemed we were chasing shadows ... But we ground out a result and showed a lot of character."

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Malaga moved into second place in the Spanish league after its 4-0 shutout of 10-man Real Betis, while Valencia beat Zaragoza 2-0.

Malaga dominated the match following the early sending off of Betis goalkeeper Casto Espinosa for fouling Eliseu Pereira in the box.

Joaquin Sanchez connected on the resulting penalty in the 12th minute to get the undefeated Malaga rolling at La Rosaleda stadium.

After Malaga's Ignacio Camacho had hit the post, Javier Saviola flipped a through ball to Francisco Portillo, who returned the favor for the former Benfica forward to slot home in the 28th.

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ROME (AP) — AC Milan gave up the lead in a 1-1 draw at Parma in Serie A, reviving the possibility that club president Silvio Berlusconi could remove coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Teenage striker Stephen El Shaarawy put Milan ahead in the 50th minute with his fourth goal in three matches, but Daniele Galloppa equalized in the 66th with a free kick that passed through a porous Milan wall on a rainy night at the Ennio Tardini stadium.

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BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus starred in Borussia Dortmund's 5-0 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Bayern Munich maintained its winning start to the Bundesliga with a 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen.

Reus scored twice against his former side, cutting through the defense to open the scoring in the 35th minute — five minutes before Neven Subotic made it 2-0 — and putting the result beyond doubt with a wonderful effort in the 70th, when he curled his shot over Marc-Andre ter Stegen and inside the far post.

Ter Stegen — who had made a number of impressive saves — retired injured shortly afterward and his replacement was powerless to prevent a rampant Dortmund side adding further goals as it sought to make amends for a lackluster start to the season.

Jakub Blaszczykowski set up Ilkay Guendogan to score in the 79th, and the Germany international returned the favor for Blaszczykowski to complete the scoring six minutes later.

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PARIS (AP) — Kevin Gameiro outshone Zlatan Ibrahimovic by scoring both goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Sochaux 2-0.

PSG started the season with three consecutive draws, but has won its past four league games and five overall.

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic reclaimed the top spot in the Scottish Premier League after beating Motherwell 2-0 with two goals in a four-minute span.

Motherwell started the day two points ahead of the reigning champions, but was beaten at Fir Park thanks to Gary Hooper's 32nd-minute opener and Adam Cummins' own goal in the 35th.

Scott Brown missed a penalty for Celtic in the 56th following a foul on Kris Commons by Cummins, who received a red card for the challenge.



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