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Sunday, September 24, 2017
EUROPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUES ROUND UP
Morata hat trick keeps Chelsea near top of EPL
LONDON---Despite having been
Chelsea's second choice in the
transfer window, Alvaro Morata
is quickly proving his doubters
wrong in the English Premier
The former Real Madrid forward
showcased his skills with a hat
trick as Chelsea defeated Stoke 4 0
on yesterday, drawing him level
with Romelu Lukaku and Sergio
Aguero with six league goals.
"Alvaro took his goals very well,
which for a striker is very impor-
tant," Chelsea manager Antonio
Conte said. "I am pleased with the
team also because it means we are
creating chances for our strikers."
Aguero and Lukaku were on the
scoresheet, too, as Manchester
City and Manchester United won
but stayed unbeaten by different
City's latest victim was winless
Crystal Palace by 5 0, while United
ground down Southampton 1 0
thanks to Lukaku's irst-half strike.
Liverpool overcame its leaky
defense to secure a irst win in
September as Philippe Coutinho
starred in a 3 2 win at Leicester.
Tottenham and Watford also
maintained perfect away records.
Spurs withstood a late West Ham
comeback to win at the London
Stadium 3 2, Watford won at Swan-
sea 2 1, Everton came from behind
to defeat Bournemouth 2 1, and
Burnley and Hudders ield played
out a goalless draw.
MORATA, MORATA, MORATA
Morata's irst three Premier
League goals came via his head,
but a cool side-footed inish after
just two minutes gave Chelsea the
lead at Britannia Stadium.
His second was even better as
he picked up the ball on the left,
drove past two Stoke defenders
and curled his shot past Jack But-
land. His third was simple, but the
Spain striker's movement was on
display as he slipped his marker to
ind space to tap in Cesar Azpili-
If there was any remaining sad-
ness over Diego Costa's exit from
Chelsea, which was inally re-
solved this week, Morata ensured
his compatriot was forgotten yes-
terday. Pedro scored Chelsea's
other goal as Antonio Conte's side
maintained its perfect away record
in the league, keeping it within
three points of United and City at
the top of the table.
CITY CAN'T STOP SCORING
City scored ive or more goals for
a third consecutive league game as
the impressive Leroy Sane opened
the scoring before Raheem Ster-
ling added a double against Palace.
Aguero maintained his goal-a-
game record and substitute Fabian
Delph rounded off the scoring, to
leave Roy Hodgson's Palace point-
less and goalless after six games.
GOALS, CHANTS CONTINUE
Lukaku scored the only goal but
United's win in Southampton was
overshadowed by the continued
use of a racist chant in support of
Lukaku by United fans.
The club said it will review CCTV
footage to identify supporters who
sang the lyrics despite Lukaku's
pre-match request for it to stop.
Days after being knocked out
of the League Cup by Leicester,
Liverpool went to King Power Sta-
dium and beat Leicester in an ac-
Coutinho laid on an assist for
Mohamed Salah before curling a
stunning free kick into the top cor-
ner to put Juergen Klopp's side in
However, Liverpool's fragile de-
fense was once more exposed as
Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back.
Jordan Henderson restored
the Reds' two-goal advantage but
Jamie Vardy got Leicester back
into contention just a minute later.
Vardy then squandered a chance
to secure the Foxes a draw when
his penalty was saved by Simon
PERFECT ON THE ROAD
Harry Kane's double and Chris-
tian Eriksen's goal appeared to
give Spurs an unassailable lead,
but a Javier Hernandez header
quickly followed by Serge Aurier's
sending off made for a tense inale.
Cheikhou Kouyate headed West
Ham within touching distance
but Tottenham held on to make it
three wins from three away from
Dybala scores again
as Juventus wins 4 0
MILAN---Paulo Dybala continued
his astonishing start to the season
as he netted twice to help Juven-
tus beat 10-man Torino 4 0 in a
Serie A derby yesterday.
Miralem Pjanic and Alex San-
dro scored the others after Torino
mid ielder Daniele Baselli was
sent off after 24 minutes of the
Derby della Mole. Dybala took his
tally to 10 goals in the opening six
league matches, just one less than
he scored in the whole of the last
Juventus stayed perfect in Serie
A, as did Napoli which won at
Spal 3 2 earlier.
Roma, which has played a
match less, remained six points
behind after beating Udinese 3 1.
Torino shot itself in the foot
early on, irst by gifting Juventus
the lead as Baselli and Tomas Rin-
con gave away possession and Dy-
bala drilled into the bottom right
corner from the edge of the area.
Matters grew worse for Torino
eight minutes later when Baselli,
who had already been booked,
clumsily clattered into Pjanic and
he was shown a second yellow
card and dismissed.
"I was too eager for the derby, I
cared too much about this game.
I made a mistake.
"I apologise to my teammates,
our fans, the club," Baselli wrote
Pjanic doubled Juve's lead
shortly before halftime, curling
into the left side of the net after
Juan Cuadrado cut back a cross.
Sandro headed in a corner in
the 57th and it could have been
more for Juventus but Torino
goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu pulled
off some ine saves, and Mario
Mandzukic hit the post.
In stoppage time, Dybala
dinked the ball over Sirigu after
good linkup play between Pjanic
and substitute Gonzalo Higuain.
NAPOLI STILL PERFECT
Algeria left back Faouzi Ghou-
lam was the unlikely match-win-
ner for Napoli seven minutes from
time, with a run from the halfway
Spal lost its previous three
matches but took a surprise lead
early when Mirco Antenucci
rolled the ball across for Pasquale
Schiattarella, who is from Na-
ples, to smash it into the bottom
left corner. The home side's lead
lasted only 77 seconds.
Lorenzo Insigne curled an ef-
fort inside the near post.
Spal was causing Napoli prob-
lems but it was the visitors who
led in the 71st when Jose Callejon
headed in Ghoulam's cross.
Federico Viviani put Spal back
on level terms seven minutes
later with a free kick but Ghoulam
scored what was to be the winner
Classy Dortmund warns Real
Madrid with 6 1 rout of 'Gladbach
BERLIN --- Borussia Dortmund
warmed up for Real Madrid in
the Champions League by rout-
ing Borussia Moenchenglad-
bach 6 1 to match its best ever
start to the Bundesliga yester-
scored a hat trick and the bril-
liant Maximilian Philipp scored
twice as Dortmund made it ive
wins and a draw, equaling its
2015 start, while also stretching
its unbeaten run at home to 41
Dortmund perfectionists will
be ruing conceding the irst
goal in six league games after
Lars Stindl pulled one back for
the shocked visitors.
Otherwise it was a complete
performance - Aubameyang
also hit the post three times and
'Gladbach goalkeeper Tobias
Sippel was at his best to prevent
Dortmund scoring more - and
Madrid will be wary ahead of
its visit on Tuesday.
Aubameyang wrapped up
his hat trick with half an hour
remaining, then Stindl put the
only blot on Dortmund's per-
formance and left goalkeeper
Roman Buerki shaking his head
on his 100th Bundesliga ap-
pearance. Buerki had gone 515
minutes without conceding.
In other games, In a duel be-
tween the youngest ever Bunde-
sliga coaches, 30-year-old Julian
Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim de-
feated 32-year-old Domenico
Tedesco's Schalke 2 0. Leipzig
prepared for its Champions
League game at Besiktas with a
hard-fought 2 1 home win over
Eintracht Frankfurt. Hertha
Berlin captain Vedad Ibisevic
was sent off with a straight red
card in the last minute of his
side's 1 0 defeat in Mainz for
what referee Tobias Stieler said
was an insult directed against
him. But the Bosnian insisted
he said nothing untoward to
the referee and is calling for a
lip-reader to prove it.
"I know what I heard," Stieler
Pablo De Blasis's penalty
was enough for the home side.
Werder Bremen drew against
Freiburg 0 0, and Stuttgart was
also held to a homeless draw
Dortmund's Maximilian Philipp, right, gets on the end of a cross to give
his side a 1:0 lead during the German Bundesliga match up between
Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Signal
Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund, Germany, yesterday.
Chelsea's Alvaro Morata scores his side's fourth goal of the game during the
EPL match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke-
on-Trent, England, yesterday.
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