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Bob Bradley lands first win
LONDON —After a difficult introduc-
tion to English Premier League man-
agement, Bob Bradley's wait for a win
Swansea's players couldn't achieve it the
easy way for their trail-blazing American
coach. In the sixth game of his reign yester-
day, Swansea tossed away a 3-1 lead against
Crystal Palace to head into stoppage time
Displaying the fighting spirit Swansea has
lacked this season, Fernando Llorente found
time to score twice and complete a wild 5-4
victory that lifted the south Wales club off
the bottom of the standings.
"It's a crazy match, and it's very important
for us," Llorente said. "We need confidence
and this match will help us a lot."
It shouldn't have been so tough. After Wil-
fried Zaha gave Palace an early lead, Gylfi
Sigurdsson's free kick and Leroy Fer's double
gave Swansea a 3-1 advantage.
But the game unexpectedly swung back
in Palace's favor when James Tomkins and
Christian Benteke scored either side of Jack
Cork's own goal in a nine-minute spell.
But Llorente, dropped from the squad for
last weekend's draw at Everton, presented
his case for a starting role in the most dra-
"The character of the players came
through," Bradley said. "It's been a difficult
season so far, there have been a lot of things
that just didn't bounce the right way."
Yesterday, they did, but not for Alan
Pardew whose Palace side slumped to a
sixth successive league and is only out of the
relegation zone on goal difference. Swansea
climbed off the bottom and is two points
The top of the table is changed after the top
three of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester
City all won.
CHELSEA 2, TOTTENHAM 1
Victor Moses had been struggling to settle
at Chelsea after joining in 2012, going out on
loan to Liverpool, Stoke, and West Ham in
search of game time and confidence. Moses
has been revitalized with the arrival this sea-
son of Antonio Conte, who has deployed him
as a wing-back.
And Moses made his biggest contribution
of the campaign against Tottenham by scoring
the winner six minutes into the second half
after arriving unmarked into the penalty area
to meet Diego Costa's cutback.
Pedro Rodriguez began Chelsea's comeback
before halftime, canceling out Christian Erik-
sen's 11th minute strike to end Tottenham's
unbeaten start and leave its London rival
without a win at Stamford Bridge since 1990.
LIVERPOOL 2, SUNDERLAND 0
The joy at winning will be tempered by a
spell without Philippe Coutinho. The play-
maker was carried off on a stretcher in the
first half with his right leg in a brace after a
challenge with Sunderland midfielder Di-
It was Coutinho's replacement, Divock
Origi, who put Liverpool in front in the 75th
minute with a curling shot.
James Milner netted Liverpool's second
from the penalty spot after Ndong tripped
Sunderland slipped to bottom place.
BURNLEY 1, MAN CITY 2
Two scrappy goals from Sergio Aguero
took the forward's league tally to 10 goals
this season. Both were netted inside the six-
yard box at Turf Moor, the first canceling
out Dean Marney's volley.
City remains behind Liverpool on goal dif-
ference and a point adrift of leader Chelsea.
Chelsea's Pedro, right, celebrates after scoring with teammate Chelsea's Gary Cahill during the English Premier League soccer match
between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Chelsea ends Spurs'
Ronaldo scores 2 as Real Madrid
equals Ancelotti's run
MADRID —Zinedine Zidane has matched an-
other feat by Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
With two first-half goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, Zi-
dane's Madrid defeated Sporting Gijon 2-1 in the Spanish
league yesterday to equal the 31-game unbeaten run by
Ancelotti's team in the 2013-14 season.
Zidane already matched the former Madrid manager
by winning the Champions League last season, a title
Ancelotti won with the Spanish powerhouse in 2014,
when Zidane was an assistant coach.
Yesterday's win in pouring rain at Santiago Bernabeu
Stadium—thanks in part to a late penalty kick missed
by Sporting—also gave Madrid a seven-point lead over
Barcelona, which plays on Sunday at fifth-place Real
Sociedad to try to stay close. Third-place Sevilla, which
hosts Valencia later Saturday, is nine points from the lead.
Madrid, which has won six in a row in the league, will
play Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Madrid hasn't lost since April at Wolfsburg in the
quarterfinals of last season's Champions League. It
has won 23 games since then.
Madrid's all-time unbeaten run of 34 games was under
coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89 season. Barcelona
holds the unbeaten record in Spain of 39 consecutive
games last season, a streak that ended with a defeat to
Madrid. Madrid was heavily favored against Sporting,
which had lost seven of its previous nine league games.
The hosts got off to a good start as Ronaldo — who had a
hat trick against Atletico Madrid in last weekend's derby
— scored from the penalty spot in the fifth minute and
from a header in the 18th. Sporting pulled one closer
through Carlos Carmona in the 35th and had chances
to equalize in the second half. The best one came with
Duje Cop's shot from the penalty spot but the ball sailed
high and wide. Sporting, which hasn't won since the
third round, is 18th in the 20-team standings. It was
Madrid's first game since losing Gareth Bale because
of a right ankle injury. (AP)
Bayern returns to winning ways
BERLIN—With Uli Hoeness back in charge again,
Bayern Munich bounced back from two straight
defeats to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home
and keep pace with Bundesliga leader Leipzig
Hoeness, who returned as president the night be-
fore, watched as Thiago Alcantara and Mats Hummels
scored to ease the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelot-
ti with the side's first win in four games across all
competitions. Leverkusen made the better start with
Admir Mehmedi and Hakan Calhanoglu both going
close before Joshua Kimmich headed straight at Bernd
Leno at the other end. Alcantara was well-placed to
head the opener from close range in the 30th minute
after Leno saved Philipp Lahm's initial effort.
But Calhanoglu equalised five minutes later after
eluding Lahm and playing a quick one-two with Julian
Brandt to score from a narrow angle.
Poor defending allowed Hummels to restore Bay-
ern's lead with a header to Kimmich's corner early
in the second half. It was the Germany defender's
first league goal for Bayern. Javi Martinez used his
hand to deny Kevin Volland an equaliser late on but
the incident was missed by the match officials and
Bayern held on to stay three points behind surprise
leader Leipzig. Before the game, Hoeness apologised
for calling Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund "enemies"
at his election the night before. (AP)
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 2, BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1
HAMBURG 2, WERDER BREMEN 2
BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 1, HOFFENHEIM 1
INGOLSTADT 1, WOLFSBURG 1
MALAGA 4, DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 3
ESPANYOL 3, LEGANES 0
LEICESTER 2, MIDDLESBROUGH 2
HULL 1, WEST BROM 1
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