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Man United goes top
League leader Paris Saint-
Germain came from behind to
win 4--1 at Nantes and maintain
its unbeaten start to the season
Yacine Bammou, who worked
selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic shirts
in the PSG shop little more than
two years ago, opened the scor-
ing for Nantes in the 11th minute
and hit the post moments later.
PSG was a different side after
the break and Ibrahimovic lev-
eled three minutes into the sec-
ond half with his 108th goal for
the club. The Sweden interna-
tional is one goal away from
equaling Pauleta s record as
PSG s top scorer.
Substitute Edinson Cavani
headed PSG in front in the 73rd
and Angel Di Maria, who had
set up the previous two, got on
the scoresheet himself with ten
minutes remaining. Serge Aurier
scored in stoppage time.
PSG moved provisionally four
points ahead of Saint-Etienne,
which hosts Nice on Sunday.
Rennes was level on points with
Reims in third after it drew 1--1
at home to Troyes.
Caen also moved onto 15
points with a 2--0 win at home
Elsewhere, Lyon rested a
number of players ahead of its
Champions League match at
Valencia and lost 3--1 at Bor-
deaux, which scored all three of
its goals in the first period.
Bastia snapped a four-match
losing streak with a 3--0 win
over Toulouse. (AP)
MILAN---Juventus miserable start
to the Serie A season continued as
it lost 2--1 at Napoli, while Roma
reignited its league campaign with
a 5--1 drubbing of newly-promoted
Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo
Higuain scored for Napoli before
Mario Lemina pulled one back.
It was the four-time defending
champion s third defeat in its first
six league matches this season.
Juventus lost just three all season
last year, while it had only two
defeats the previous campaign.
Juventus is already ten points
behind early leader Inter Milan,
which hosts Fiorentina today. Napoli
moved provisionally seventh with
its second win of the season.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia was also
under pressure after picking up just
one point in two matches against
Sassuolo and Sampdoria.
But his side responded with goals
from Kostas Manolas, Miralem Pjanic,
Gervinho, Mohamed Salah and Lucas
Digne. Gervinho, who hadn t scored
in nearly a year, also hit the post.
Marco Borriello scored against his
old club for Carpi, which also had
Ryder Matos penalty saved by Mor-
gan De Sanctis. The only sour note
for Roma was Edin Dzeko spraining
his knee while Francesco Totti and
Seydou Keita also went off injured.
Roma moved provisionally third
ahead of today s fixtures.
Juventus was without Stephan
Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio,
Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira,
while Alvaro Morata and Juan
Cuadrado were rested ahead of
Wednesday s home Champions
League match against Sevilla. (AP)
PSG wins 4--1 at Nantes to lead French league
Roma gets season back on track with 5--1 humiliation of Carpi
LONDON---Manchester clubs traded
places at the top of the Premier League
yesterday, after a buoyant United beat Sun-
derland 3--0 and early pacesetter City
slipped to second after being thrashed 4-
1 at Tottenham.
Dutch signing Memphis Depay scored his
first ever Premier League goal and Wayne
Rooney notched his first league goal of the
season as United eased to a comfortable
victory at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata added a late third as United
went top for the first time since August
With 16 points from seven games, Louis
van Gaal s United is one point ahead of a
City side whose flying start with five straight
wins has now come to an abrupt stop. A
second consecutive league defeat for the
club made it three losses in four matches
in all competitions.
However, City is not the only big-spend-
ing club going through a rough patch.
Chelsea s title defense continued to mis-
fire, with Jose Mourinho s champions need-
ing two late goals to scramble a 2--2 draw
away to a Newcastle side that is already a
candidate for relegation.
West Ham remains third after drawing
2--2 with Norwich, while Alexis Sanchez
scored a hat trick as Arsenal rose to fourth
after coming from behind to hammer Leices-
ter 5--2. (AP)
Elsewhere, the pressure on Liverpool manager
Brendan Rodgers eased after England striker
Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal since March
in a 3--2 win over Aston Villa, Southampton beat
Swansea 3--1 and Stoke edged Bournemouth 2--1.
A gleeful Stretford End was chanting "We are
top of the league" after United took full advantage
of City s miserable start to the day.
Depay, who joined United from PSV Eindhoven
for £31 million (then US$48 million) in June, slotted
home in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage
time after a deft cutback by Mata.
Just after the restart, Rooney moved level with
Denis Law as United s joint-third leading league
scorer with 171 goals, after a pass from Anthony
Martial struck the captain s knee and went in.
Mata rounded off the scoring by driving home
Ashley Young s cross in the final minute.
City s Manuel Pellegrini was a less happy coach
after watching his side slump at White Hart Lane,
a defeat helped by some poor offside decisions and
Harry Kane s first goal of the season for Spurs.
City dominated the first half and took a deserved
lead through Kevin De Bruyne in the 25th minute.
But Eric Dier rifled in a long-distance equaliser
on the stroke of halftime and Erik Lamela curled
over a free kick for Toby Alderweireld to head home
five minutes after the re-start.
Kane, who had scored 31 times for Spurs last
season, ended his drought in the 61st and Lamela
was rewarded for a fine performance with a goal
on the break in the 79th.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side
moved up to fifth with the win, was wary of any
early season euphoria.
There was no danger of Chelsea getting carried
away after its trip to St James Park.
Spanish striker Ayoze Perez put Newcastle ahead
in the 42nd minute and Georginio Wijnaldum
headed a second goal in the 60th as the home side
defied the odds.
However, Ramires came off the bench to unleash
an unstoppable shot in the 78th minute and Willian
floated over a free kick in the 86th that eluded
everyone in the box before landing in the net.
Ramires nearly headed a winner three minutes
later, but was denied by goalkeeper Tim Krul, who
had produced a series of impressive saves to keep
his side in the game.
Critical of his team s performance in the opening
45 minutes, Mourinho said: "I have to understand
why one team can play so bad in one half and so
well in another one.
Arsenal had managed just five goals in its first
six league games but matched that total during an
entertaining afternoon at Leicester.
Sanchez s hat trick was his first goals of the
season for the Gunners, while Theo Walcott and
Olivier Giroud also netted as Arsene Wenger s side
built on its midweek League Cup win over Tot-
Liverpool had been without a league victory
since the second game of the season but returned
to winning ways at Anfield, courtesy of two goals
Chelsea fights back
Liverpool finally wins
...as Spurs stop Manchester City
GOALLL: Chelsea's Ramires
celebrates his goal during
the English Premier League
soccer match between
Newcastle United and
Chelsea at St James' Park,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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