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LONDON---Chelsea finally seems
to have found the solution to its
striking struggles. Diego Costa
took his goal haul to seven in four
matches with a hat trick against
Swansea yesterday while Loic
Remy also scored on his debut.
The 4-2 victory was Chelsea's
fourth win in four matches this
season and ended Swansea's perfect
start to the Premier League season.
Costa, who joined from Atletico
Madrid for more than $50 million
in July, is the first Chelsea player
in 86 years to score in his first four
Just how much a team relies on
a lethal striker is clear at Liverpool,
which was beaten 1-0 by Aston
Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor's ninth-
minute goal inflicted Liverpool's
second loss in four games since last
season's runners-up sold Luis
Suarez to Barcelona.
In London, there was no debut
goal for Arsenal striker Danny Wel-
beck in a 2-2 draw with champion
Like Arsenal, north London rival
Tottenham also conceded late to
draw 2-2 at Sunderland as Harry
Kane scored an own goal.
In west London, Chelsea's start
didn't bode well for the hosts when
captain John Terry inadvertently
turned a cross from Swansea
defender Neil Taylor into his own
net in the 11th minute.
It took until just before half time
for Costa to equalize for Chelsea,
and there was no stopping the
Brazil-born Spain forward after his
header from Fabregas' corner.
The pair combined 11 minutes
into the second half with Costa fin-
ishing clinically from a cutback by
Fabregas who now has six assists
in his four games since leaving
Costa completed his hat trick in
the 67th after Ramires scuffed a
shot into his path.
"He's comfortable in the team,"
Mourinho said. "The team was built
in a way where we were waiting
for a certain type of striker. I think
now everybody knows Chelsea did
the right thing waiting for him."
Costa's work was done but his
replacement, Remy, didn't take long
to make his mark. The French for-
ward, signed from Queens Park
Rangers after misfiring Fernando
Torres was offloaded on loan to AC
Milan, netted from Oscar's pass in
the 81st. The goal ensured there
would be no nervy finish after Jonjo
Shelvey's goal for Swansea five min-
"We have difficult weeks ahead
of us," Mourinho cautioned, already
eyeing Wednesday's Champions
League opener against Schalke.
Liverpool returns to European
football's elite competition after a
four-year absence on Tuesday,
hosting Bulgarian newcomer Ludo-
Both Arsenal and Manchester
City prepared for their Champions
League matches in midweek with
a pulsating draw.
Sergio Augero exploited gaps in
the Arsenal defense to meet Jesus
Navas' cross and put City ahead in
the 28th. But Jack Wilshere inspired
Arsenal's recovery in the second
half, chipping the ball over goal-
keeper Joe Hart and then heading
to Alexis Sanchez to volley into the
But City leveled thanks to the
hosts' poor defending in the 83rd
when Martin Demichelis became
the fourth player this season to
score against Arsenal with a head-
"It was a game of top quality
between two very good teams
played at a tremendous pace," Arse-
nal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Southampton claimed the biggest
victory of the day, a 4-0 rout of
Newcastle that makes manager
Alan Pardew's future look increas-
ingly precarious. But Everton man-
ager Roberto Martinez will be
relieved after winning its first match
of the season. Romelu Lukaku and
Steven Naismith scored in the 2-
0 victory over West Bromwich
Leonardo Ulloa gave Leicester a
1-0 victory at Stoke for its first tri-
umph in the topflight since gaining
promotion, but fellow newcomer
Burnley remains winless after Scott
Arfield missed a penalty in a 0-0
draw at Crystal Palace in south
in Chelsea win
...City, Arsenal draw
Chelsea won 4-
Arsenal 2, Man City 2
Chelsea 4, Swansea 2
Crystal Palace 0, Burnley 0
Southampton 4, Newcastle 0
Stoke City 0, Leicester 1
Sunderland 2, Tottenham 2
West Brom 0, Everton 2
Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1
Birmingham City 1, Leeds 1
Bournemouth 1, Rotherham 1
Blackburn Rovers 3, Wigan 1
Blackpool 0, Wolverhampton
0Bolton 0, Sheffield 0
Brentford 3, Brighton & Hove
2Cardiff 2, Norwich 4
Charlton 1, Watford 0
Huddersfield 1, Middlesbrough
2Ipswich 2, Millwall 0
Reading 3, Fulham 0
BERLIN---Shinji Kagawa starred on
his return for Borussia Dortmund in
a 3-1 win over Freiburg, while Franck
Ribery scored on his injury comeback
as Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart
2-0 in the Bundesliga yesterday.
Kagawa, back at Dortmund after an
unhappy two-year spell at Manchester
United, was given a hero's welcome by
fans who remembered his role in help-
ing the club to successive Bundesliga
titles in 2011 and 2012.
The Japan midfielder had a hand in
Adrian Ramos' opening goal in the 34th
minute, playing through Kevin
Grosskreutz to cross for the Colombian
striker at the post.
Kagawa then scored on a counter-
attack in the 41st, when Henrikh Mkhi-
taryan let Ramos' cross through for him
to pick his spot with a low shot.
The attacking midfielder went off to
a standing ovation in the 64th. He had
cramp, a "good sign" according to Dort-
mund coach Juergen Klopp.
"Shinji was smiling the whole time,
at least until he got the cramp," Dort-
mund midfielder Sebastian Kehl said.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured
the result with a chip over the out-
rushing goalkeeper in the 78th, three
minutes after he went on as a substitute.
Oliver Sorg claimed Freiburg's conso-
lation in the final minute, by which
time the home side had already turned
attention to Tuesday's visit of Arsenal
in the Champions League.
Mario Goetze got Bayern off the mark
in the 27th, and Ribery marked his
return from a knee problem by scoring
with five minutes remaining.
Borussia Moenchengladbach forward
Max Kruse led his team to a deserved
4-1 win over Schalke in the late game.
Kruse set Andre Hahn on his way to
score with a fierce shot in the 17th,
sent in a free kick for Hahn to head
past Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann
in the 50th, and then scored himself
in the 56th, four minutes after Eric
Maxim Choupo-Moting pulled one
back with a penalty.
Raffael scored in the 79th and Schalke
had Faehrmann to thank for a host of
saves to ensure it didn't get any worse.
Mainz won 3-1 at Hertha Berlin,
Wolfsburg earned a 1-1 draw at Hof-
fenheim, and promoted sides Paderborn
and Cologne maintained their unbeaten
status with a scoreless draw. (AP)
Kagawa stars on Dortmund return
MILAN---Juventus showed little has
changed since Massimiliano Allegri
took charge as it eased to a 2-0 win
against Udinese yesterday in the for-
mer AC Milan coach s home debut.
Carlos Tevez scored in the eighth
minute and Claudio Marchisio secured
the points in the 75th to make it two
Serie A wins out of two for Allegri,
who started with a 1-0 victory at Chie-
vo Verona before the international
Juventus dominated and was rarely
troubled, although the three-time
defending champion was almost made
to pay for its profligacy in front of
goal when Igor Bubnjic had the ball
in the back of the net, but it was ruled
out for offside.
Earlier, Roma also maintained its
perfect start to the fledgling season
with a 1-0 win at newly promoted
Empoli. Both teams open their Cham-
pions League campaigns next week.
Juventus hosts Malmo on Tuesday,
while Rome entertains CSKA Moscow
the following day. Juventus was strug-
gling with injury problems with Arturo
Vidal joining the likes of Andrea Pirlo
and Giorgio Chiellini on the sidelines.
Tevez shook off a thigh muscle
injury to start, and opened the scoring
early on when Stephan Lichtsteiner
pulled the ball back from the byline
for the Argentine to rush into the area
and slot past Orestis Karnezis.
Roberto Pereyra, who moved from
Udinese in the offseason, almost
scored against his former team on the
half hour but he blasted a good ball
from Fernando Llorente over the bar.
Tevez also fired over the crossbar
while Pogba was denied by Karnezis.
Udinese's only real sight of goal
came in the 67th minute when Bubnjic
thought he levelled for Udinese, only
for his effort to be ruled out for a tight
offside decision. As Juventus started
to come under pressure, Tevez helped
seal the game by rolling the ball across
for Marchisio to blast into the bottom
near corner from outside the area.
Tevez came off shortly afterward to
a standing ovation.
Alvaro Morata, who had been side-
lined after getting injured in his first
Juventus training session, was handed
his debut in the 89th and he almost
scored with a swivelling shot which
Karnezis did well to save. (AP)
Juventus tops Udinese 2-0
Ntep scored a second-half equaliser
just 34 seconds after coming off the
bench as Paris Saint-Germain pro-
duced another lackluster performance
and was held at Rennes to 1-1 in the
French League yesterday.
Ahead of a trip to Ajax for its Cham-
pions League opener on Wednesday,
Laurent Blanc's team looked sluggish
and lacked the cutting edge.
PSG did not create a single chance
during the first half-hour as the hosts
sat back in defense, then could not
hold on to its lead after Zoumana
Camara opened the scoring two min-
utes before halftime from Gregory Van
der Wiel's fine cross. Ntep, who is often
used as an impact substitute, put the
team level in the 55th minute, denying
PSG the chance to move to the top of
the table. Replays showed his low cross
was not touched by Abdoulaye
Doucoure before crossing the line. PSG,
which played without the injured David
Luiz and Thiago Silva, remains unbeaten
in the league but has won only two
matches in five games, with leader Bor-
deaux one point clear at the top with
one match in hand. (AP)
Sluggish PSG held 1-1 at Rennes
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