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LONDON---Chelsea fought back
to beat Liverpool 2--1 at Anfield
and strengthen its position at the
top of the Premier League table
yesterday, while Manchester City
twice came from behind to rescue
a point against Queens Park
Rangers at Loftus Road.
Elsewhere, Manchester United
won 1--0 against Crystal Palace
thanks to a goal from Juan Mata
and Southampton continued its
superb start to the season with a
2--0 win over Leicester.
Defending champion City now
trails Chelsea by eight points after
ten games. Chelsea leads the
standings with 29 points, with
Southampton the nearest chal-
lenger with 25.
Manuel Pellegrini s team fell
behind at QPR in the 21st minute,
when Charlie Austin converted
from Mauricio Isla s cross. Austin
earlier had two goals disallowed,
one for offside and one after scor-
ing directly from a mishit free kick
by goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Hart accidently kicked the ball
twice before Austin found the net,
and rules state a player can t touch
the ball twice successively from a
Sergio Aguero equalised after
brilliantly controlling a long pass
from Eliaquim Mangala, but an
own goal from Martin Demichelis
in the 76th restored QPR s lead.
Argentina striker Aguero scored
again seven minutes later, rounding
Robert Green before beating four
players on the line attempting to
block his shot.
"Aguero had all the QPR defense
in trouble whenever he had the
ball," Pellegrini said, while QPR
manager Harry Redknapp was left
ruing his side not holding on for
"I really felt at 2--1 we would go
on and win the game," Redknapp
said. "You can t relax when they
have got so many quality players
in the team."
At Anfield, Brendan Rodgers
made seven changes from the Liv-
erpool side that lost 1--0 to Real
Madrid in the Champions League
His midweek selection was crit-
icised as he appeared to prioritise
the clash against Chelsea, but Liv-
erpool went ahead in the seventh
minute through Emre Can s long-
range strike, which took a deflec-
tion off Gary Cahill on its way to
But the lead lasted only five
minutes, before Chelsea equalised
from a corner.
Captain John Terry powered a
header toward goal, but keeper
Simon Mignolet got across bril-
liantly to palm it out, before Cahill
blasted the rebound back into him
from close range.
Initially, it appeared Mignolet
had made a superb reaction block
as he fell backwards, but goal-line
technology showed the ball had
just crossed the line as it hit the
Diego Costa then put Chelsea
ahead in the 67th, pouncing upon
the rebound from Cesar Azpilicue-
ta s shot and drilling the ball past
Can s last-ditch challenge.
"In the second half, we showed
something new, which is to be 1--1
at Anfield and not accept the result
as a good result and play to win,"
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
said. "I think we were very impres-
sive. We want to play. We want to
win. We want the ball. The per-
sonality of the team is amazing."
Elsewhere, Manchester United
earned a much-needed three
points with a 1--0 win over Crystal
Palace at Old Trafford with Juan
Mata s second-half strike.
Mata replaced Adnan Januzaj in
the 63rd and scored four minutes
later, his deflected shot beating
Palace keeper Julian Speroni.
But it was another underwhelm-
ing performance from Louis van
Gaal s team, who started with a
makeshift defense that had mid-
fielder Daley Blind and 19-year-
old Paddy McNair in the center
with four alternative options out
injured or suspended.
The victory, United s first in four,
sees it overtake rival Liverpool and
move up to sixth in the table.
Southampton continued its for-
midable start to the season with
a hard-fought 2--0 win against
Leicester at St Mary s, thanks to
two goals in five minutes from
The Ireland striker, a substitute
for Sadio Mane who had replaced
him in the starting lineup, entered
the game without a Premier League
goal for Southampton since his
offseason transfer from West Brom.
But he broke the deadlock in the
75th, curling a neat left-footed
strike beyond Kasper Schmeichal,
before finishing clinically against
the Leicester goalkeeper in the
"It was difficult against a team
who had very good organisation
in defence," Southampton manager
Ronald Koeman said, adding that
it was a tough decision to replace
Long with Mane in the starting
lineup. "Sometimes Shane is not
happy. Sometimes Sadio is not
happy. It is a good reason to not
be happy. Shane made the differ-
ence in the second half."
Meanwhile, West Ham drew
0--0 at home to Aston Villa, while
Burnley recorded its first win in
the league this season, 1--0 against
Hull, with a goal from Ashley
Man City draws with QPR
...as Chelsea defeats Liverpool
BERLIN---Thomas Mueller scored a
hat-trick as Bayern Munich won 4--0
at Eintracht Frankfurt to increase its
overnight lead in the Bundesliga to
seven points yesterday.
Franck Ribery set up Mueller s first
two, crossing for the World Cup winner
to open the scoring in the 22nd minute
and then again to finish a counterattack
in the 64th. Mueller completed his hat
trick three minutes later and Xherdan
Shaqiri completed the scoring in the
"We re not playing badly at the
moment. We re playing to a particular
concept, no matter who s playing. We
have talent coming off the bench,"
Mueller said. "We also have excellent
individual players who can make the
Bayern is unbeaten, with eight wins
from 11 games, 27 goals scored and just
The defending champion s closest
rivals, Wolfsburg and Borussia
Moenchengladbach, were both playing
their 11th-round games on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Schalke disappointed in
a 2--0 defeat at Freiburg, Bayer Lev-
erkusen was held to a frustrating 0--0
draw by visiting Mainz, Augsburg beat
promoted Paderborn 3--0 and Cologne
won 4--3 at Hoffenheim.
Werder Bremen defeated fellow
struggler Stuttgart 2--0 in the late game.
Sebastian Proedl s 30th-minute header
was followed by a wonderful strike in
off the post by Fin Bartels in the 58th.
Bremen kept a clean sheet for the
first time in the league this season and
moved out of the bottom place now
occupied by Borussia Dortmund ahead
of its game Sunday against
Frankfurt made an encouraging start
against the league leader but Bayern s
sheer quality ensured what transpired
to be a comfortable victory.
Ribery played a one-two with Robert
Lewandowski before cutting the ball
back for Mueller, who scored at the
second attempt, with his right knee,
after his initial effort was blocked on
the line by Bastian Oczipka.
Mueller thought he d scored again
shortly afterward, only for the effort
to be pulled back for offside.
Frankfurt finished the first half
strongly and Alexander Meier forced a
good save from Manuel Neuer in the
The home side also started the sec-
ond half courageously, but any hopes
of a comeback were dashed when
Mueller claimed his second. Philipp
Lahm played the ball over the top and
Ribery squared it for Mueller to shoot
inside the far post.
He completed his hat-trick minutes
later, when Mario Goetze helped the
ball on after a Ribery throw in.
Bayern s three substitutes were all
involved in the last goal. Arjen Robben
ran at the home defense and was
thwarted by Frankfurt keeper Felix
Wiedwald before he played it back to
Sebastian Rode. Shaqiri then deflected
Rode s effort past the helpless goal-
"The fans were with us and we deliv-
ered a good game. It s a shame that the
score was so high," Frankfurt s US inter-
national defender Timmy Chandler
It was Frankfurt s fourth league loss
in a row and its fifth including the Ger-
man Cup. Tough games await with
Gladbach and then Dortmund the next
Freiburg followed up its first win of
the season last weekend by claiming a
deserved second against Schalke.
Christian Guenter opened the scoring
in the 22nd after Sidney Sam lost the
ball in midfield, and Jonathan Schmid
capitalized on a poor clearance from
Dennis Aogo to make it 2--0 in the
Mueller hat-trick helps
Bayern top Frankfurt
PARIS---Bordeaux beat struggling
Lens 2--1 to go level on points with
second-place Paris Saint-Germain in
the French league yesterday.
Bordeaux midfielder Wahbi Khazri
finished off a counterattack to open
the scoring in the 24th minute. Mali
striker Cheick Diabate doubled the lead
by dribbling past goalkeeper Valentin
Belon in the 41st for his fifth league
goal this season.
After scoring, Diabate rushed toward
the touchline to hug Bordeaux coach
Willy Sagnol, who couldn t hold back
tears later on the bench. Sagnol apol-
ogized Thursday for making disparaging
comments about African players this
"We wanted to give him our support,"
Khazri told Canal Plus television. "We
care a lot about him."
Before kickoff, Sagnol shook hands
with Lens coach Antoine Kombouare,
who was born in New Caledonia and
said Thursday he "felt humiliated and
hurt" when he heard those comments.
Lens striker Yoann Touzghar scored
a consolation goal with a penalty in
Touzghar benefited from an offici-
ating mistake as Bordeaux defender
Marc Planus headed a high ball out
before colliding with Lens forward Pablo
Chavarria. The collision was deemed
a foul by the referee.
Elsewhere, Bastia won its first game
since firing coach Claude Makelele on
Monday to move out of the relegation
zone. Interim coach Ghislain Printant
sat on the Bastia bench as striker Gadji
Tallo netted both goals in the 2--0 vic-
tory over Montpellier.
Oswaldo Vizcarrondo and Jordan
Veretout scored to help Nantes rally
past Caen 2--1 and stay one point
behind Bordeaux in the standings.
Toulouse moved into the middle of
the table by routing Metz 3--0 with
goals from Francois Sirieix, Wissam
Ben Yedder and Aleksandar Pesic.
Evian snapped a four-game losing
streak in all competitions by edging
Nice 1--0. Denmark international Daniel
Wass curled home a free kick in the
76th to pull Evian out of last place.
Bordeaux beats Lens 2--1 in France
challenges for the
Yaya Toure during
the English Premier
Manchester City at
stadium in London,
match ended in a
2--2 draw. AP PHOTO
Burnley 1, Hull City 0
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2
Manc United 1, Crystal Palace 0
QP Rangers 2, Manc City 2
Southampton 2, Leicester 0
West Ham 0, Aston Villa 0
Derby 5, Wolverhampton 0
Birmingham City 0, Cardiff 0
Brighton & Hove 1, Blackburn 1
Fulham 3, Huddersfield 1
Ipswich Town 1, Watford 0
Leeds United 3, Blackpool 1
Middlesbrough 0, Bournemouth 0
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