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leader Chelsea dropped points for only
the second time this season by con-
ceding a last-gasp equaliser at Man-
chester United that will also have been
celebrated in the blue half of the city
Chelsea was on the verge of moving
eight points clear of Manchester City---
arguably its biggest rival for the title---
when Robin van Persie rammed home
a loose ball in the fourth minute of
injury time in a 1-1 draw at Old Traf-
Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead in
the 53rd minute with a glancing header
from a corner, for the 36-year-old strik-
er s first league goal since joining the
club for a second spell.
Surprisingly, Southampton is
Chelsea s nearest challenger after nine
games, four points behind Jose Mour-
inho s unbeaten side. City is two points
further adrift in third after losing 2-1
at West Ham on Saturday and United
remained 10 points off the pace.
Tottenham s disappointing start to
the season continued with a 2-1 loss
at home to Newcastle, which further
eased the pressure on visiting manager
Samuel Eto o scored twice in Ever-
ton s 3-1 win at Burnley, which is sec-
ond from bottom and the only team in
England s top four leagues without a
victory this season.
A month ago, Chelsea came to Man-
chester and conceded an 85th-minute
equaliser against City that was scored
by its former midfielder Frank Lampard.
Van Persie left it even later.
The Netherlands striker pounced
after a header by Marouane Fellaini was
parried out by goalkeeper Thibaut
Courtois. That came from a free kick
conceded by Branislav Ivanovic, who
clipped the heels of Angel Di Maria to
earn a red card for a second booking.
Van Persie s late intervention made
amends for his error at Drogba s goal.
He was supposed to be guarding the
near post as Drogba s towering header
flew toward him but the ball went
between Van Persie and the upright.
"To not be happy with a point shows
clearly how good we were," Chelsea
manager Jose Mourinho said, "and how
good we are playing."
United made a habit of scoring late
goals under Alex Ferguson, and after
the disappointing ten-month tenure of
David Moyes, United s fighting spirit
appears to be growing under Louis van
It was the second late equaliser Unit-
ed scored this week, with Daley Blind s
87th-minute strike securing a 2-2 draw
at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
"My boys fought till the end," Van
Gaal said. While United is showing
some progress under Van Gaal, the
opposite is happening at Spurs.
Newcastle produced a rousing sec-
ond-half fightback at White Hart Lane
to leave Tottenham in 11th place, three
points off the relegation places and
with just one win in the last seven
Tottenham dominated the first half
but only had Emmanuel Adebayor s
18th-minute header to show for it.
Halftime substitute Sammy Ameobi
equalised for Newcastle within seconds
of the team kicking off the second half
and Ayoze Perez scored his first goal
for the club for a 58th-minute winner.
Pardew was under severe pressure a
month ago with Newcastle bottom of
the standings, but seven points from
the last three games has lifted the team
away from danger.
Eto o scored Everton s first and last
goals in the win over Burnley that lifted
the team into the top half.
The former Barcelona striker put the
visitors ahead in the fourth minute with
a powerful header, and clinched victory
with a curling shot in the 85th.
Burnley equalised in the 20th when
Romelu Lukaku surrendered possession
to allow Lukas Jutkiewicz to play in
Danny Ings, who rounded the goal-
keeper and slotted into an empty net.
Lukaku made amends in the 29th,
scuffing a right-foot shot into the cor-
ner to restore Everton s lead. (AP)
PARIS---Winger Max-Alain Gradel
scored late in the second half as Saint-
Etienne beat resilient Metz 1-0 yes-
terday to provisionally move into third
place in the French league, while
Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo
scored five goals in an astonishing
individual performance as Nice won
7-2 away to Guingamp.
Lyon needs to beat Marseille at home
later Sunday to reclaim third place on
Gradel pounced in the 74th minute
with an acrobatic finish after Ricky Van
Wolfswinkel headed the ball into his
Earlier, striker Habib Habibou and
midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure scored
second-half goals as Rennes beat Lille
2-0 to move into ninth place.
Winger Paul-Georges Ntep was the
star of the match, setting up both goals
after making fine runs down each flank.
But that was little in comparison to
Eduardo, who tormented Guingamp all
Last-place Guingamp took the lead
against seventh-place Nice through
midfielder Claudio Beauvue s diving
header in the eighth minute.
Eduardo replied four minute later
with a powerful free kick into the top
left corner, and side-footed home from
midfielder Didier Digard s pass to make
it 2-1 in the 26th.
After Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl
made a superb save to deny him,
Eduardo completed his hat trick in the
43rd with a fine run to the back post
to turn in midfielder Eric Bautheac s
Forward Alassane Plea, who also had
an outstanding game, made it 4-1 in
first-half injury time after Lossl botched
Guingamp s rattled defence quickly
fell apart in the second half, as Plea set
up Eduardo for his fourth in the 51st.
He got his fifth of a memorable
match in the 65th when he fired
emphatically past Lossl from just inside
the penalty area, after being set up by
Belgian midfielder Julien Vercauteren.
Eduardo, who is on loan from Por-
tuguese side Porto, almost completed
a double hat-trick with a late header
that went just wide.
Nice has 17 points, while Rennes has
15 points and leads Metz and Lille on
goal difference. (AP)
Dutchman leaves it late as Chelsea denied victory at Old Trafford
Robin rescues Man United
Manchester United's Rafael, right, and Chris
Smalling fight for the ball against Chelsea's
Eden Hazard, left, during the English Premier
League match between Manchester United
and Chelsea at Old Trafford Stadium,
Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
scored twice in the
final minutes to stun
visiting Villarreal 2-1
and move level on
points with Barcelona
at the top of the Span-
ish league yesterday.
Luciano Vietto appeared
to have grabbed the
winner at Sanchez
Pizjuan Stadium with a
goal in the 79th minute.
But Denis Suarez
swept in the equaliser
in the 88th, and striker
Carlos Bacca converted
a penalty kick two min-
utes into injury time
after Giovani Dos Santo
fouled Benoit Tremouli-
nas while trying to
recover the ball in the
The dramatic win
ensured Sevilla took
advantage of Real
Madrid s 3-1 victory
over Barcelona on Sat-
urday, lifting Unai
Emery s team into sec-
ond place behind
Barcelona on goal dif-
Madrid fell to third
place one point behind,
followed by Valencia yet
another point back.
Sevilla s record of
seven wins, one draw
and one loss is the best
ever through the first
nine rounds for the
Nordin Amrabat scored
one goal and set up two
more to lead Malaga to
a 4-0 rout of Rayo Val-
lecano, while Espanyol
was held 0-0 at home
by Deportivo La
Malaga s third
straight league win lifted
it provisionally to sev-
enth place ahead of Vil-
larreal after only losing
twice in nine rounds
under new coach Xabi
Amrabat passed for
Samuel Garcia to curl
in Malaga s sixth-
minute opener at its La
Sergi Darder doubled
the lead in the 21st
before Amrabat chipped
a through ball for Juan-
mi Lopez to then chip
over the goalkeeper in
Amrabat got his goal
in the 49th from the
penalty spot after Anto-
nio Amaya fouled Gar-
Saint-Etienne moves to third in France
Juventus beat Palermo 2-0 yester-
day to move three points clear at the
top of Serie A and bring a disappoint-
ing week to a close.
Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick
as Napoli came from behind to defeat
Hellas Verona 6-2, while Inter Milan
won 1-0 at ten-man Cesena to alleviate
some of the pressure on their respective
Fernando Llorente scored his first
goal of the season after Arturo Vidal
had given Juventus the lead.
Juventus moved three points clear
of Roma, which drew at Sampdoria on
Saturday. Defending champion Juventus
had seen its advantage cut after drop-
ping its first points of the season against
Massimiliano Allegri s team endured
further disappointment when it fell to
a second successive Champions League
defeat at Olympiakos.
Elsewhere, Genoa came back against
ten-man Chievo Verona to ruin coach
Rolando Maran s debut, Udinese beat
Atalanta 2-0, and Lazio deafeated Tori-
Juventus dominated but failed to cre-
ate any real opportunities until shortly
after the half hour when Carlos Tevez
surged forward on the counter to set
up Vidal for an angled drive into the
Llorente headed in Andrea Pirlo s
corner in the 64th minute to all but
seal the match.
Substitute Sebastian Giovinco saw
a strike from outside the area crash off
the post in the final minute.
Napoli coach Rafa Benitez was feeling
the pressure, and days earlier the team
bus had been attacked by disgruntled
fans following a 2-0 defeat to Young
Boys in the Europa League.
Matters went from bad to worse
when Emil Hallfredsson gave Verona
the lead after just 26 seconds, dedicating
the goal to his father who died earlier
However, Marek Hamsik scored his
first league goals of the season either
side of halftime to put Napoli in front.
Higuain also got off the mark and com-
pleted his hat-trick with a stoppage-
time penalty after Hallfredsson fouled
Dries Mertens. In Cesena, Mauro Icar-
di s penalty was enough to hand Inter
a narrow victory---its second in seven
matches in all competition. (AP)
Juventus extends lead in Serie A
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