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LONDON---Chelsea produced an
instant response to its first loss
in the English Premier League
by beating Hull 2-0, and Arsenal
also responded to a setback by
overpowering Newcastle 4-1 yes-
There was a fifth successive
league win for Manchester City,
with the champions edging past
bottom-place Leicester 1-0 to stay
three points behind leader Chelsea.
Eden Hazard headed in his
eighth goal of the season for
Chelsea in the seventh minute and
played a one-two with Branislav
Ivanovic before releasing Diego
Costa to score in the 68th minute.
Between the goals, Chelsea
gained a man advantage when Hull
midfielder Tom Huddlestone was
sent off on the hour, receiving a
second booking for a studs-up
challenge on Filipe Luis.
"As I was expecting, the bad
moment didn t continue," Chelsea
manager Jose Mourinho said,
referring to last weekend s loss at
Newcastle. "I was right when I
had no fears about negatives. The
team has game principles, and
knows how they want to play.
"We have a clear identity in our
game, we change sometimes
because we need to, but we are a
strong team." City coped again
without injured top scorer Sergio
Aguero, with Frank Lampard slot-
ting in a low cross from Samir
Nasri to secure the win at Leices-
ter. The 36-year-old midfielder
could potentially extend his loan
from sister club New York City
FC, which makes its Major League
Soccer debut in March, until the
end of the English season in May.
"Frank wants to stay, we want
to keep him," City manager
Manuel Pellegrini said. "Now we
must resolve the problem with
New York City and MLS.
"He is very important. One of
the reasons why he played today
was because he has scored for me.
Frank has been very useful for us
in this moment."
The former Chelsea midfielder s
175th Premier League goal put him
level with ex-Arsenal striker Thier-
ry Henry in fourth on the all-time
scorers list. Scoring was no prob-
lem for Arsenal this day, with
Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla
both netting twice to banish the
gloom following last weekend s
loss at Stoke.
Giroud headed in the opener in
the 15th minute from Alexis
Sanchez s cross, and he also set
up Cazorla s first goal at the start
of the second half. After Giroud
clipped in another, Ayoze Perez
pulled one back for Newcastle,
but Cazorla marked his 30th birth-
day by completing a brace from
the penalty spot in the 88th.
The victory nudged Arsene
Wenger s sixth-place side within
two points of the top four Cham-
pions League places. "We won in
a convincing way," Wenger said.
"It was needed. The response was
strong after the Stoke game."
While West Ham stayed fourth
after drawing 1-1 with Sunderland,
Southampton slumped to a fourth
successive loss. Ashley Barnes gave
Burnley a 1-0 win that left
Southampton in fifth, having been
second last month.
Burnley provisionally climbed
out of the relegation zone, which
is now made up of Queens Park
Rangers, Hull and Leicester.
Crystal Palace is only a point
above the danger zone after draw-
ing 1-1 with Stoke. James
McArthur s header was canceled
out by Stoke striker Peter Crouch.
West Bromwich Albion is two
points further in front of Palace
after beating 10-man Aston Villa
1-0 through Craig Gardner s goal.
Burnley 1, Southampton 0
Chelsea 2, Hull 0
Crystal Palace 1, Stoke 1
Leicester 0, Manchester City 1
Sunderland 1, West Ham 1
West Brom 1, Aston Villa 0
Arsenal 4, Newcastle 1
Middlesbrough 2, Derby 0
Bournemouth 5, Cardiff 3
Birmingham 6, Reading 1
Bolton 0, Ipswich 0
Brentford 3, Blackburn 1
Charlton 2, Blackpool 2
Leeds United 0, Fulham 1
Norwich 5, Huddersfield 0
Rotherham 0, Nottingham 0
Sheffield 0, Wolverhampton 1
Watford 2, Wigan 1
Chelsea recovers to stay
3 points clear of City
Chelsea's Diego Costa takes the ball past Hull's Curtis Davies during
their English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Hull
City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won 2-0.
BERLIN---Arjen Robben scored twice
as Bayern Munich routed third-place
Augsburg 4-0 to provisionally increase
its Bundesliga lead while Borussia
Dortmund slumped to a 1-0 defeat at
Hertha Berlin yesterday.
Unbeaten Bayern claimed the sym-
bolic "Autumn championship" as it
will remain first going into the Bun-
desliga s winter break. The defending
champion stretched its lead to 10 points
over Wolfsburg, which hosts Paderborn
Robben claimed his first goal with a
brilliant curling shot one minute after
defender Mehdi Benatia broke the dead-
lock in the 58th. Robert Lewandowski
sealed the result with a fine strike 10
minutes later, and Robben wrapped up
the scoring two minutes after that.
Hertha striker Julian Schieber
returned to haunt Dortmund, scoring
in the 40th to leave his former side
back in the relegation zone.
Also, Schalke lost 2-1 at home to
promoted Cologne, Freiburg and Ham-
burger SV played out a goalless draw,
and Werder Bremen substitute David
Selke scored with two minutes remain-
ing to salvage a 3-3 draw against visiting
Filip Kostic earned a point for bottom
side Stuttgart in a 1-1 draw at Mainz.
Johannes Geis put the home side ahead
with a free kick in the first half, only
for Kostic s cross to deceive the Mainz
defense and bounce inside the far post
in the second.
Augsburg did well to frustrate visiting
Bayern, and provided ample evidence
of why it was third after the club s best
ever start to a season---up to Benatia s
The Moroccan defender scored his
first Bundesliga goal with a backward
header in off the far post from Franck
Ribery s free kick, and Robben made
it 2-0 by shooting in off the other.
Lewandowski shot low from distance
for 3-0, and Sebastian Rode set up
Robben for his second two minutes
later. "The first goal was very important.
Augsburg then tried to be a bit more
offensive and we were able to react to
that," said Bastian Schweinsteiger, who
started a league game for the first time
since recovering from his knee injury.
Dortmund s defeat was its ninth of
the season. The side has only one point
from its last seven away games.
Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhi-
taryan had to go off with what looked
like a hamstring injury in the 35th,
allowing Jakub Blaszczykowski on for
his comeback from a knee injury. The
Poland captain hadn t played in 322
But the goal came when Per Ciljan
Skjelbred capitalized on a poor pass
from Neven Subotic for Blaszczykowski
and quickly fed Schieber, who eluded
Sebastian Kehl to score.
Dortmund had Mitch Langerak to
thank for keeping it 1-0 before the
break, the goalkeeper s right foot enough
to deny Roy Beerens.
Visiting coach Juergen Klopp reacted
by sending on former Berlin striker
Adrian Ramos for the defensively mind-
ed Kehl at the break.
Mats Hummels powerful header was
kept out by Thomas Kraft as Dortmund
increased the pressure late on. The
Hertha goalkeeper pulled off a great
save to deny Ciro Immobile, who then
headed an easier chance just wide.
In Gelsenkirchen, Anthony Ujah
scored against Schalke a minute after
the break and Matthias Lehmann s
penalty in the 67th sealed the home
side s fate. Schalke assistant coach Sven
Huebscher needed treatment after he
was hit in the head by an object thrown
from the crowd.
Bayern routs Augsburg 4-0
...Dortmund loses again
PARIS---Reserve goalkeeper Azbe
Jug cost his side two goals as Bor-
deaux lost 2-1 at Nantes in the French
league yesterday and saw its push for
Champions League places come to a
Jug, who replaced the injured Cedric
Carrasso, could not get a firm hand on
the ball when midfielder Jordan Veretout
opened the scoring from Alejandro
Bedoya s assist in the 23rd minute.
Jug was unlucky on Nantes second
goal after the ball took a deflection off
Bordeaux striker Cheikh Diabate from a
corner and rebounded onto the post before
hitting the goalkeeper s head in the 66th
and finishing in the net. The visitors
equalised through Kian Hansen s own
goal. The loss ended fifth-place Bordeaux s
three-game unbeaten run, and kept Willy
Sagnol s side seven points behind leader
Marseille while Nantes snapped a four-
game winless streak.
Both Rennes and Montpellier failed to
capitalize on Bordeaux s loss as the Brittany
club slipped to a second consecutive
defeat, a 2-0 loss at Bastia, while Mont-
pellier conceded a 3-3 draw to Lens on
Yoann Touzghar s 80th-minute equalizer.
Rennes remained in sixth place, three
points ahead of Montpellier, which led 2-
0 after 16 minutes and failed to hold onto
the lead twice on a deteriorating home
pitch. Also, Lorient moved three points
away from the relegation zone with a 3-
1 defeat of Metz, and Brazilian striker
Diego scored twice as Reims came from
behind to beat 10-man Evian 3-2.
After winning two of its previous three
games to move just one point behind
fourth-place Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux was
confident it could extend its seven-match
unbeaten run at Stade de La Beaujoire.
Thomas Toure came close to putting
Bordeaux ahead in the seventh minute
after the forward collected a high ball and
dribbled past goalkeeper Remy Riou, only
to see his shot saved on the line by defend-
er Papy Djilobodji.
Bordeaux looked in complete control
but a lapse in concentration allowed
Veretout to score his sixth goal this season.
Bedoya collected a long ball from Riou on
the right side, and found Veretout with
a fine low pass in the box that he converted
from a tight angle.
But Nantes was made to pay five min-
utes later for a costly mistake from Djilo-
bodji, who gave the ball away to Whabi
Khazri on the right side. Khazri found
space in the box to pick out Gregory Sertic,
whose low cross was deflected by defender
Hansen into his own goal. (AP)
Nantes beats Bordeaux 2-1
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