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LONDON---Manchester City cut
Southampton down to size by dis-
lodging the overachieving side from
second place in the Premier League
yesterday, while Tottenham produced
another comeback to beat Everton.
Defending champion City was frus-
trated in the first half at St Mary s,
but Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and
Gael Clichy netted to claim a 3-0 vic-
tory. The last two goals came with
City down to 10 men following Eli-
aquim Mangala s 74th-minute dis-
"We knew what we were coming
up against today, a very good team in
very good form," Lampard said. "I
think you could see from the outset
today that our attitude was absolutely
With Arsenal and Manchester Unit-
ed up next, this was a disappointing
start to a sequence of games that will
show how realistic Southampton s
top-four ambitions are.
Tottenham, led by former
Southampton manager Mauricio
Pochettino, is just two points from
the Champions League places after
beating Everton. Goals from Roberto
Soldado and Christian Eriksen scored
saw Tottenham come from behind to
win 2-1 for the third time in four
Chelsea ends the weekend with its
lead cut to six points after failing to
score for the first time this season in
Saturday s 0-0 draw at Sunderland.
City faced similar frustration on the
south coast until six minutes into the
second half when Sergio Aguero drifted
into Southampton s penalty area and
laid the ball off for Toure to fire a low,
deflected shot into the net.
When Mangala was shown a second
yellow card for barging over Shane
Long, having already been booked for
fouling Dusan Tadic, it appeared
Southampton could have a route back
into the game.
City had other ideas, exploiting
Southampton s push for an equaliser
by launching a counterattack through
James Milner, who set up Lampard
to score from the edge of the area in
City wasn t finished. Aguero raced
down the left flank before teeing up
Clichy to score his first league goal
for the club in the 88th and condemn
Southampton to its first home loss of
"That was not good enough from
us, and we got punished for that,"
Southampton manager Ronald Koe-
At White Hart Lane, Soldado
clinched Tottenham s win with his
first league goal since March---a barren
run lasting 593 minutes.
The Spain striker fired in the winner
in first-half stoppage time after being
released by Aaron Lennon.
"It hasn t been easy," Tottenham
manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
"It s always frustrating for a striker
when he doesn t score... he s (been)
feeling the pressure."
Soldado had played a part in Ever-
ton s opener, failing to prevent Kevin
Mirallas curling the ball from the edge
of the area into the roof of the net in
the 15th minute.
Tottenham s equaliser came six
minutes later when Harry Kane, a
constant threat for the hosts, had a
shot parried by goalkeeper Tim
Howard, and Eriksen responded by
netting from a tight angle.
Spurs climbed three places to sev-
enth, leaving Everton in 10th.
Champion Man City asserts authority
Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, left, challenges Everton's Ross Barkley for the ball during their English Premier
League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane stadium in London yesterday.
BERLIN---Borussia Dortmund s
Bundesliga troubles continued
yesterday with a 2-0 loss at Ein-
tracht Frankfurt that left the
2011 and 2012 champion bottom
of the table after 13 games.
Alexander Meier s league-
leading eighth goal of the season
and Haris Seferovic s strike in
the 78th were enough to inflict
on Dortmund its eighth league
Dortmund coach Juergen
Klopp vowed he would continue
fighting to turn the side s domes-
tic season around.
"I consider myself fully
responsible. There s no tendency
(for a coaching change) here.
Until someone comes along and
tells me otherwise, I can t go
away. I can t go until there s a
better solution," Klopp said. "If
it was only based on luck, and
if a coaching change was guar-
anteed to bring the luck back,
then I would make the way free."
Meier got the home side off
to a flying start in the fourth
minute when he ran onto Marco
Russ long clearance and clipped
the ball past Dortmund goal-
keeper Roman Weidenfeller.
A defensive mix-up between
Weidenfeller and Matthias Ginter
allowed Seforovic to clinch the
result. Ginter headed the ball
back to the Dortmund captain,
only to find he had moved from
his goal, and the grateful Seferovic
nipped in to score.
Frankfurt reserve keeper Felix
Wiedwald produced a host of
saves at the other end as the
home side climbed to ninth.
The 24-year-old Wiedwald,
playing because of an injury to
Kevin Trapp, denied Henrikh
Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang, while Kevin
Grosskreutz almost equalised in
the 24th when he struck the post
on the rebound from
Aubameyang s effort.
Dortmund defender Lukasz
Piszczek went off with a thigh
injury in the 38th, when Juergen
Klopp opted to send on forward
Ramos also found Wiedwald
in inspired form.
Meier missed two good
chances to make it 2-0 before
Seferovic sealed Dortmund s fate.
Travelling fans, who had sup-
ported the side loudly during the
game, whistled the players after-
"We re not making it easy for
them. The whistles are under-
standable. What more can I say?"
Klopp said. "We re facing a huge
challenge and we didn t manage
Meier offered words of encour-
agement: "Dortmund can t be
relegated. They re too good."
Earlier, Robin Knoche s first-
half strike was enough for Wolfs-
burg to beat Borussia
Moenchengladbach 1-0, under-
lining the side s credentials as the
closest challenger to Bayern
Knoche scored in the 12th
minute, prodding home from
close range after Yann Sommer s
attempted clearance of Marcel
Schaefer s cross rebounded off
"It was a good cross and I
knew there were players coming
in for it. That s why I decided to
go for the ball," the Gladbach
Wolfsburg keeper Diego
Benaglio saved from Roel Brouw-
ers in the 18th and did even better
to deny Patrick Herrmann on
the line in the 30th.
Sommer showed his capabil-
ities by denying Ivica Olic in the
second half, when the visitors
might have had a penalty after
Benaglio clattered into Thorgan
Hazard and missed the ball.
"You have to make the most
of your chances, otherwise it s
difficult here," said Gladbach
midfielder Christoph Kramer,
who came close to scoring in
Wolfsburg stayed second,
seven points behind Bayern.
Dortmund last in Bundesliga after another loss
Aubameyang from Gabun, left, and
Frankfurt's Makoto Hasebe from
Japan challenge for the ball during
the German Bundesliga soccer
match between Eintracht Frankfurt
and Borussia Dortmund in
Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday.
Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga
troubles continued with a 2-0 loss
at Eintracht Frankfurt that left the
2011 and 2012 champion bottom of
the table after 13 games. AP PHOTO
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