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its Premier League lead to seven
points by beating Aston Villa
2-1 yesterday as Manchester
City was held to a 1-1 draw by
Eden Hazard and Branislav
Ivanovic netted for Chelsea,
either side of Jores Okore s header
for Villa, which ended a goal
drought of 11 hours for Paul Lam-
bert s team. It is the first time
Jose Mourinho has won as
Chelsea manager against Villa in
the Premier League at Villa Park.
"Obviously it is a very impor-
tant victory for us," Mourinho
said. "There is a long way to go,
the Premier League is the Premier
League and every game is diffi-
cult. It is the only league in the
world where the teams from the
bottom, they can play the teams
from the top and not just make
it difficult, they can win matches
Defending champion City
needed a last-minute free kick
from midfielder James Milner to
salvage a point at home to Hull
after David Meyler had surpris-
ingly put the visitors ahead in
the first half. City has now gone
four games in the league without
winning and manager Manuel
Pellegrini conceded that Satur-
day s result makes his side s
hopes of retaining its title hard-
"It is more difficult to reverse
seven points than five points but
Chelsea can also lose games,"
Pellegrini said. "More impor-
tantly, for our team it is important
to recover our performances."
Elsewhere, Tottenham came
from behind to beat fierce north
London rival Arsenal 2-1 in the
day s early game thanks to two
goals from striker Harry Kane.
Germany international Mesut
Ozil lashed a volley past Hugo
Lloris after 11 minutes to give
Arsenal the lead. However, Arsene
Wenger s side immediately sat
back and invited pressure from
Tottenham, while looking to
strike on the counterattack.
Kane converted a rebound on
56 minutes after Arsenal goal-
keeper David Ospina made a bril-
liant save to keep out Mousa
Dembele s header, before leaping
highest to nod in Nabil Bentaleb s
cross four minutes from the end.
"It s a special feeling," Kane
said. "The fans were incredible
today ... The spirit is high and
I am enjoying it."
Liverpool could not break
down a stubborn Everton defense
at Goodison Park as Saturday s
late kick-off ended goalless.
The city rivals played out a
subdued Merseyside derby, with
Liverpool s 19-year-old winger
Jordon Ibe going closest to scor-
ing when he hit the post from
25 meters in the first half.
It was Liverpool captain Steven
Gerrard s final appearance against
Everton, and the midfielder went
close with an acrobatic shot that
was deflected over in the 53rd
but he ultimately could not force
a winner for his side.
"I knew I got good contact on
it, it would have been a great way
to round off possibly my last time
here at Goodison," Gerrard said.
"I think all in all it was a fair
The result meant that Brendan
Rodgers side lost ground on the
top four in the Premier League,
as Southampton s Champions
League push continued with a
1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers.
Sadio Mane scored the winner
for Ronald Koeman s side in the
Crystal Palace s resurgence
under new manager Alan Pardew
continued as it beat Leicester 1-
0, while Swansea drew 1-1 with
Madrid thrashed crosstown
rival Real Madrid 4-0 in a
dominant derby performance
yesterday that threw open the
Spanish league title race.
The defending champions
dominated the match at Vicente
Calderon Stadium from the
start as Tiago Cardoso and sub-
stitute Saul Niguez scored early
before Antoine Griezmann and
Mario Mandzukic sealed the
lopsided victory in the second
The return of Ballon d Or
winner Cristiano Ronaldo didn t
help an injury-hit Madrid,
which also got subdued show-
ings from its other star play-
"We didn t have a player who
had a good game," Madrid
coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
Atletico pulled to within four
points of Madrid. Barcelona also
trails Madrid by four before vis-
iting Athletic Bilbao today.
Diego Simeone s side is
undefeated in six meetings with
Madrid since losing last season s
Champions League final.
"Everything went our way
from the first minute and we
didn t give Madrid a chance,"
said Tiago. "Our coach again
has been boosted because
everything he said came to pass.
He told us to find spaces to
attack Madrid behind its
defense and that s what hap-
After Simeone came back to
coach his former team, Atletico
ended Madrid s 14-year reign
in the capital clash at a dramatic
Copa del Rey final in 2013.
Atletico may have had more
important victories over its
fiercest rival since then, but
none were this complete.
Madrid was without several
injured first-choice players in
James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos,
Pepe, Luka Modric, while
Marcelo was suspended.
But it still had enough star
power with Ronaldo back from
a two-match ban for kicking
an opponent. Not to mention
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema,
and midfield pair Toni Kroos
and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.
None could stem the red-
and-white tide. "We have to
erase this match," said Madrid
defender Dani Carvajal.
Since finishing 2014 on a
Spanish record 22-win streak,
Madrid has been eliminated by
Atletico from the Copa del Rey
and now beaten a second time
in the league this season.
Atletico s dominance in the
first half hour was absolute.
While Atletico overpowered
Madrid in the midfield --- even
after it lost playmaker Jorge
"Koke" Resurreccion to a leg
injury in the eighth minute ---
it picked the visitors apart on
the wings. (AP)
Dortmund wins 3-0
to leave bottom of
Bundesliga, Bayern wins
BERLIN---Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led
Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win at Freiburg to
move off the bottom, while Bayern Munich got
back to winning ways in the Bundesliga yester-
Aubameyang set up Marco Reus for Dortmund s
opener in the ninth minute and then secured the
result by scoring twice in the second half. Dort-
mund climbed two places into the relegation playoff
place, above Freiburg.
"We have to keep believing it can go forward
after three of four months in which it didn t. Today
was a step in the right direction," said Dortmund
coach Juergen Klopp, whose team had 22 shots at
goal compared to seven from the home side.
After two games without a win, Arjen Robben
and David Alaba scored in either half to give Bayern
a 2-0 victory at Stuttgart, which dropped to the
Andre Schurrle starred on his debut as Wolfsburg
beat Hoffenheim 3-0 to stay eight points behind
Bayern; Hertha Berlin won 2-0 at Mainz; and
Cologne drew 0-0 with Paderborn.
Hamburger SV was hosting Hannover later Sat-
Dortmund had already gone close through Reus,
Ilkay Gundogan and Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa
before a wayward back pass from Mike Frantz
gifted the ball to Aubameyang, who took it past
the goalkeeper and gave Reus a simple tap in.
It was the first Dortmund league goal of the
year and the visitors pushed for more. By the 26th
minute, they had eight goal attempts compared
to none at the other end.
Aubameyang claimed his first with a cool finish
in the 56th after Gundogan sent him through, and
then sealed the win in the 72nd when he was set
up by Kagawa. Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Wei-
denfeller ran up to celebrate with the rest of the
team, indicating the level of relief the goal brought.
"It was a mental problem. The coach found the
right words and he made the right calls. That s
how we got the result," Aubameyang said.
Bayern struggled to get going against Stuttgart
but Robben fired the league leaders ahead with
a terrific volley inside the far post in the 41st. The
Dutchman combined with Mitchell Weiser before
unleashing a rocket past the helpless Sven Ulreich
in Stuttgart s goal.
Alaba secured the result five minutes into the
second half with a fierce 25-meter free kick which
went in under the crossbar.
"After losing and then drawing, it was time for
three points," said Robben, who hadn t previously
scored against Stuttgart. Leaving Bayern aside,
the only Bundesliga club the winger hasn t scored
against is promoted Paderborn.
Three minutes into his Wolfsburg debut after
joining from Chelsea, Schurrle set up Bas Dost to
score against Hoffenheim. The World Cup winner
was also involved in his new side s second goal
in the 27th, when Kevin de Bruyne scored on the
rebound after his initial effort came back off the
Dost set up de Bruyne to complete the scoring
in the 84th. Hertha coach Pal Dardai started his
tenure with a win after taking over from the fired
Jos Luhukay on Thursday. Mainz goalkeeper Loris
Karius was sent off after conceding a penalty when
he was caught out by Valentin Stocker in the 32nd.
Jens Hegeler converted the spot kick.
Stocker was involved in Hertha s second goal
by Roy Beerens, who scored on the rebound after
Stocker hit the post.
Hertha captain Fabian Lustenberger was sent
off with a second yellow card in the 58th but the
home side couldn t capitalise. (AP)
Chelsea extends lead atop
Premier League to 7 points
....Spurs came from behind to stop Arsenal
Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring during the
English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur
and Arsenal at the White Hart Lane stadium in London, yesterday.
Atletico thrashes Real 4-0 in derby to open up title race
Atletico's Mario Mandzukic, right, celebrates his goal with
teammates during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium
in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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