Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 6th 2014 Contents LONDON---Arsene Wenger got in a
push, but Jose Mourinho landed the big-
Chelsea consolidated its lead in the
Premier League by beating London rival
Arsenal 2-0 yesterday in a feisty encounter
that may be best remembered for Wenger
losing his normal cool and giving Mour-
inho a shove in the chest on the side-
Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas
set up the second goal for Diego Costa
in the 78th minute to make sure Chelsea
remained five points clear of defending
champion Manchester City atop the
standings. Arsenal is now nine points
behind in eighth place, having failed to
avenge a 6-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge
Both Manchester United and Totten-
ham climbed above Arsenal with wins.
United beat Everton 2-1 to climb to
fourth after goalkeeper David de Gea saved
a penalty and made two crucial stops to
deny the visitors a late equaliser at Old
Trafford. Tottenham is sixth after Chris-
tian Eriksen scored in the 40th minute
to secure a 1-0 win over Southampton.
Also Sunday, Queens Park Rangers
dropped to the bottom of the standings
after losing 2-0 to West Ham.
The Chelsea-Arsenal game was always
going to be emotional given Wenger s
humiliation at Stamford Bridge in his
1,000th game in charge last season along
with Fabregas facing his former team. It
even turned physical in the dugout after
a hard foul on Alexis Sanchez, with an
angry Wenger squaring up against Mour-
inho and then giving the Portuguese man-
ager a shove in the chest before being
separated by the fourth official.
Both coaches downplayed the incident
after the game, after Mourinho s side once
again had the better of Wenger s on the
Wenger described the push as just "a
little one" and said "what is to regret
Mourinho said everyone should "forget"
"To be fair, I do so many wrong things
in football," Mourinho said. "But not this
time, because this time I was just in my
technical area and it was not my problem.
Game over. Story over."
Arsenal s title push may not be quite
over yet, but a nine-point gap is looking
rather large even this early in the season
given Chelsea s strong form.
Eden Hazard weaved inbetween
defenders in the 27th minute before being
tripped by Laurent Koscielny in the area,
and then converted the ensuing penalty
himself to put Chelsea ahead. With Arse-
nal pushing for an equalizer, Fabregas
picked the defense apart in the 78th with
a pinpoint long ball up to Costa, who
lobbed the ball into the net with one
In Manchester, Radamel Falcao scored
his first goal for United as the Red Devils
won consecutive Premier League games
for the first time under manager Louis
Angel Di Maria opened the scoring for
the hosts before De Gea saved a penalty
from Leighton Baines just before halftime.
Baines then picked out Steven Naismith,
who put the teams level in the 55th, but
Falcao sealed his team s win seven minutes
later by slotting home past Tim Howard
after di Maria s shot landed in the
Colombian s path.
De Gea made a stunning save in stop-
page time to tip over the bar Bryan
Oviedo s left-foot shot from 20 meters.
"What was my most important save?
Maybe the penalty," De Gea said. "Every
save is important but the team played
very well. I think the younger players in
the team will learn from these types of
games. The team and the manager need
to look forward."
Mauricio Pochettino got the better of
his Southampton successor Ronald Koe-
man as Tottenham ended its four-match
wait for a Premier League win.
Eriksen scored with a 20-yard strike
in the 40th minute to deny Koeman s
side a seventh straight win in all com-
Pochettino took on his former club for
the first time since ending a successful
18-month stint at St Mary s to lead Spurs.
At Upton Park, Nedum Onuoha s own-
goal gave the Hammers an early lead
against QPR before Diafra Sakho headed
home a second shortly before the hour
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PARIS---Striker Alexandre Lacazette scored his
first hat-trick to give Lyon a 3-0 win against
Lille as the seven-time champions extended
their unbeaten streak to five games in the French
Lacazette, who was left out of Didier
Deschamps France squad for upcoming friendly
matches against Portugal and Armenia, got past
a defender before beating goalkeeper Vincent
Enyeama with a cool finish to open the scoring
in the 39th minute. Lille coach Rene Girard was
sent to the stands for his protests.
The 23-year-old Lacazette has been nurtured
by Lyon since he was 10 and recently signed a
contract extension. He doubled the hosts lead
at the stroke of halftime with a header from Yoann
Gourcuff s free kick, although he appeared to be
in an offside position.
Lacazette completed his hat trick six minutes
from time after dribbling past Lille captain Marko
Basa and Enyeama, who conceded more goals
than he had in his eight previous games.
Lacazette, who has three international caps,
scored 15 goals last season but did not make the
World Cup squad. He already has netted seven
goals this season, two less than league top scorer
Lyon climbed to sixth place with 14 points from
nine games while Lille remained third, seven
points behind leader Marseille.
Two-time defending champion Paris Saint-
Germain will attempt to reduce the gap with
Marseille to five points when it hosts Monaco
later Sunday on the back of a 3-2 win over
Barcelona in the Champions League midweek.
Also, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou gave Nantes a
1-0 win at Guingamp with a spectacular strike
and Wissam Ben Yedder scored his sixth goal of
the season as Toulouse beat Saint-Etienne 1-0.
Ben Yedder slotted the ball past goalkeeper
Stephane Ruffier in the 23rd minute after being
picked out by Aleksandar Pesic as Saint-Etienne
was handed its first home loss in 17 matches.
"I m playing with confidence at the moment
and I can replicate what I m doing at training
during matches," Ben Yedder said.
Saint-Etienne s previous home loss came in
November last year when Christophe Galtier s
side lost to bitter rival Lyon.
Ben Yedder scored for the fourth game running
and has found the net 10 times in his last 12
league matches. (AP)
AMSTERDAM---Ajax drew with PEC Zwolle 0-0 in
Amsterdam yesterday, allowing PSV Eindhoven to
seal its hold on first place in the Dutch league.
Zwolle won the Dutch Cup last season and is now
level with defending league champion Ajax on points,
two behind PSV.
Zwolle goalkeeper Warner Hahn weathered an initial
assault by Ajax, and then both sides had chances.
Strikers Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Lasse Schone failed
to capitalize for Ajax, while Tomas Necid came close
PSV made a 3-0 home win over Excelsior more
dramatic than necessary after defender Jeffrey Bruma
was sent off at the hour mark for tripping. PSV coach
Phillip Cocu was also ejected when he wandered too
far from the bench to dispute the Bruma call. (AP)
hat-trick as Lyon
PSV ahead in
Dutch league after
Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during
their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford
Bridge stadium, London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Chelsea out front
The Chelsea-Arsenal game was
always going to be emotional given
Wenger's humiliation at Stamford
Bridge in his 1,000th game in
charge last season along with
Fabregas facing his former team. It
even turned physical in the dugout
after a hard foul on Alexis
Sanchez, with an angry Wenger
squaring up against Mourinho and
then giving the Portuguese
manager a shove in the chest
before being separated by the
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