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LONDON---As Wayne Rooney went a 10th
game without scoring for Manchester
United, an English striker did manage to
score a hat trick yesterday: Callum Wilson
It was a landmark treble for the player
and his team---both newcomers to the Pre-
In edging a wild encounter at West Ham
4-3, Bournemouth, for the first time in its
125-year history, scored goals in the top
flight of English football---and won its first
It was just the kind of attacking enterprise
that Rooney s United was missing in its 0-
0 draw with Newcastle.
Bournemouth, which came close to going
out of business and dropping out of the
fourth professional division in the last
decade, had lost its first two Premier League
games without scoring.
"In the first two games I think there were
nerves, but today I felt we showed real con-
fidence," the 23-year-old Wilson, who was
playing non-league football three years ago,
told the BBC. "There s a few things we need
to brush up on but it s a fantastic result and
instils confidence into the team."
Wilson sent Bournemouth into a 2-0 lead
at halftime, but the visitors had to dig deep
after Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate
brought West Ham level after the break.
Marc Pugh restored Bournemouth s lead
and Wilson completed his treble from the
penalty spot after West Ham defender Carl
Jenkinson was sent off for clipping Max
Gradel in the box.
Modibo Maiga s third for West Ham
ensured it would be a nervy conclusion but
the Premier League newcomers from a
southern seaside town have their first points.
Now Bournemouth will hope to produce
more of the free-flowing football that was
the team s hallmark in winning the second-
tier last season.
"We have to maintain that attacking edge
without being too open," Bournemouth
manager Eddie Howe said.
At Old Trafford, United was solid in
defense against Newcastle, not conceding
for a third successive league game despite
first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea not
playing while a move to Real Madrid remains
possible. The problem is the lack of cutting
edge up front for the 20-time champions,
who only edged their first two league games
Rooney, who had a goal disallowed for
offside early, registered a shot on target for
the first time this season but is still without
a goal for United since April.
Manager Louis van Gaal, though, main-
tains that United is not in need of attacking
reinforcements before the transfer window
closes on September 1.
"I am satisfied with the performance and
not with the result---and that is different,"
Van Gaal said. "We were unlucky with
rewarding ourselves because we have created
a lot of chances."
Newcastle remains without a win in the
first three games under Steve McClaren, a
former assistant to Alex Ferguson at Unit-
ed.Tottenham and Sunderland are also still
searching for their first wins after draws on
Saturday. In a lively final 10 minutes at
Leicester, Dele Alli headed Tottenham in
front but it was quickly cancelled out by
Riyad Mahrez, who preserved the hosts
unbeaten start to the season.
Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe
was on target, securing Sunderland s first
point of the season by canceling out Bafe-
timbi Gomis goal in a 1-1 draw with
Crystal Palace has six points from a pos-
sible nine after Bakary Sako scored his first
goal for the team to clinch a 2-1 win over
Aston Villa. (AP)
BARCELONA---Goals from free kicks gave Atletico
Madrid a slim win over promoted Las Palmas and helped
Espanyol edge 10-man Getafe yesterday as the Spanish
league struggled to produce scoring on its opening
Atletico settled for a 1-0 victory thanks to Antoine
Griezmann's free kick in the 16th minute at its Vicente
Calderon Stadium. Las Palmas began the match looking
out of its depth in its return to the top flight after 13
seasons, but the Canary Island club made the 2014
champions work for the win.
Griezmann's shot deflected off a defender to wrong-
foot goalkeeper Raul Lizoain, who got a touch on the ball
but couldn't keep it out. The France forward was
Atletico's most incisive player and outshone Atletico's
star signing of the summer, striker Jackson Martinez,
who showed he needs time to adapt to Diego Simeone's
side. Simeone, however, was pleased with what he saw
from the former FC Porto star.
"Jackson did a great job, it's not easy (for defenders)
to move him," Simeone said. "We're happy with our first
victory at home. Las Palmas played an interesting match
and had their opportunities to score."
Outclassed in the first half, Las Palmas came close to
scoring twice after halftime. David Simon almost took
advantage of Atletico's first dip in concentration during a
free kick, only to head the ball off the bar in the 58th.
Atletico goalie Jan Oblak then dove to get one hand on
Aythyami Artiles try from a corner kick in the 72nd. (AP)
BERLIN---Robert Lewandowski scored a
last-minute winner yesterday as 10-man
Bayern Munich overcame an early goal
to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Bundesli-
ga.Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland
scored after only nine seconds, capitalizing
on a poor back pass from David Alaba and
shooting through Manuel Neuer s legs to
match the fastest German league goal ever
scored. Karim Bellarabi of Bayer Leverkusen
managed the same feat one day short of
a year ago against Borussia Dortmund.
"We can only learn from it. It s not the
best start in a game but we still had 93
minutes in which to win it," Bayern coach
Pep Guardiola said.
Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben and
Thomas Mueller all went close as his side
sought a response. Mueller forced a great
save from Oliver Baumann, then struck
the right post, before finally equalising on
the rebound with his right thigh in the
41st after Baumann saved Costa s initial
Costa was causing havoc on the left
wing and another new signing, Arturo
Vidal, struck the crossbar in the 66th
before Guardiola brought on Lewandowski.
But Bayern was down to 10 men shortly
afterward as Jerome Boateng gave away a
penalty and was sent off for blocking a
free kick with his arm in the 73rd. The
defender earned his first yellow card for
a foul two minutes earlier.
However, Eugen Polanski struck the
penalty against the post, prompting a final
push from Bayern.
Finally Costa, now on the right wing,
beat two defenders and cut the ball back
for Lewandowski to convert inside the left
post. With Boateng suspended and Mehdi
Benatia going off with a thigh injury in
the first half, Bayern has defensive issues
ahead of its next game against Bayer Lev-
erkusen. A perfectly struck 17th-minute
free kick from specialist Hakan Calhanoglu
was enough for Leverkusen to win 1-0 at
Hannover. Roger Schmidt s side next hosts
Lazio in their Champions League qualifier,
hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the
Wolfsburg could only draw 1-1 at
Cologne amid speculation Kevin de Bruyne
was playing his last game for the club.
Promoted Darmstadt held Schalke to a
1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen, with Konstantin
Rausch scoring for Darmstadt in the ninth,
only for the visitors to be denied by Julian
Draxler s equaliser two minutes after the
Marco Russ scored late to salvage a 1-
1 draw for Eintracht Frankfurt at home
against Augsburg, cancelling out Brazilian
forward Caiuby s 23rd-minute strike.
Hamburger SV twice came from behind
to beat Stuttgart 3-2 in the late game with
goals from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and
Johan Djourou in the final minutes. (AP)
Lyon loses 2-1 at home to Rennes
Lyon fell to its first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at
home to Rennes yesterday as Mehdi Zeffane set up the
opener before scoring the winner against his former club.
In the evening matches, Reims and Caen failed to
maintain their perfect start to the season as they lost 1-
0 at Nantes and 2-1 at Nice, respectively.
Nantes moved second along with Angers and Bastia,
which won against Ajaccio and Guignamp. They are two
points behind Paris Saint-Germain, which beat
Montpellier 1-0 on Friday. Lyon is five points behind PSG.
Rennes took the lead in the eighth minute when Lyon
defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa lost the ball just inside
his own half and Zeffane set up Pedro Henrique, who
raced into the area and fired across into the bottom right
Lyon, last year's runner-up, reacted immediately and
leveled four minutes later when Nabil Fekir's volley was
deflected past Benoit Costil following a well-worked
Zeffane, who progressed through the ranks at Lyon
before moving to Rennes in the offseason, netted the
winner 11 minutes into the second half with his first top-
Elsewhere, Monaco failed to boost its confidence
ahead of the second leg of its Champions League playoff
against Valencia --- where it trails 3-1 --- as it drew 1-1 at
Frustration for Rooney, Man U
...Bournemouth gets 1st EPL win
Roma held 1-1 at Verona in Serie A
MILAN---Roma was held to a 1-1 draw at Hellas
Verona on the opening day of the Serie A season
yesterday, while Lazio beat newly-promoted Bologna 2-1.
Bosko Jankovic volleyed Verona into the lead on the
hour but its advantage lasted barely five minutes before
Alessandro Florenzi leveled with a long-range strike.
Roma finished second last season, 17 points behind
Juventus, which kicks off its bid for a fifth successive
league title against Udinese today.
Roma had Wojciech Szczesny to thank for keeping it
in the game as the Poland goalkeeper, signed on a
season-long loan deal from Arsenal, pulled off a number
of crucial saves.
Szczesny was making his competitive debut for Roma,
as were fellow new signings Mohamed Salah and Edin
Dzeko. Leandro Castan returned after almost a year out
following brain surgery.
Verona almost took the lead with barely a minute on
the clock but Juanito Gomez Taleb curled just over.
Rafael did well to keep out Salah's volley, although
Gervinho was offside, and the Verona goalkeeper was
immediately called into action again to smother a strike
from Radja Nainggolan. Verona had the best chance of
the half minutes before the break, shortly after Szczesny
had fingertipped Samuel Souprayen's effort around his
post. From the resulting corner, Daniele De Rossi headed
Jankovic's looping header off the line.
There was no doubt whether that had gone in or not
as goal-line technology has been introduced into Serie A
from this season. (AP)
AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, centre, celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal and
completing his hat-trick during their English Premier League football match against West
Ham at Upton Park, London, yesterday. Bournemouth won 4-3.
Lewandowski scores late winner for Bayern
Free kicks give Atletico,
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