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its perfect start to the Premier
League season as Daniel Sturridge
scored a superb goal to give the
Reds a 1--0 win at Aston Villa yes-
terday and Arsenal brushed off
talk of crisis with a 3--1 win at
London rivals Fulham.
The England striker showed his
technical finesse in the 21st minute
after Philippe Coutinho let Jose
Enrique s low cross run past him
to Sturridge, who skipped round
two Villa defenders and goalkeeper
Brad Guzan before poking the ball
into the roof of the net with the
outside of his left foot.
Sturridge s eighth goal in his last
seven Premier League appearances
gave Brendan Rodgers men a sec-
ond consecutive win after they
opened their campaign with a 1--0
win over Stoke. Liverpool has yet
to concede a goal andl hosts bitter
rival and defending champion
Manchester United next weekend.
Liverpool weathered the home
side s attacks in the second half
and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
made sure the team returned to
Mersyside with three points by
denying Christian Benteke s shot
from the right side of the box with
a great save in the 86th minute.
"I think we deserved the win,
they put us under some pressure
in the second half but we deserved
it," Sturridge said. "The manager s
philosophy is that we play well as
a team and that s what we did. It s
nice to score, but it s more impor-
tant we win."
Arsenal eased its angry fans
concerns about their lack of sign-
ings by earning its first points in
the Premier League this season
with their win at a rain-soaked
Germany striker Lukas Podolski
scored a brace and Olivier Giroud
grabbed his third goal in as many
games as Arsenal bounced back
from a home defeat against Aston
Villa in a convincing manner, look-
ing in total control most of the
In yesterday s other matches,
Stoke came from behind to beat
Crystal Palace 2--1 while newly-
promoted Hull claimed its first win
of the season with a 1--0 win over
Norwich. Everton was held 0--0
by West Bromwich Albion, New-
castle-West Ham also finished
scoreless and Southampton drew
1--1 with Sunderland.
Manchester United hosts
Chelsea tomorrow in a much-
anticipated clash between the
clubs new managers David Moyes
and Jose Mourinho.
The comfortable win over Ful-
ham is likely to appease Arsenal
fans, who voiced their discontent
and concerns after the Villa loss,
urging their club to bring in new
Wenger is still looking to make
a marquee signing before the end
of the transfer window, and said
re-enforcements could come
before the Gunners host North
London rival Tottenham next
"It s possible," Wenger said.
"Honestly, I m not the only one
that can decide that because the
clubs who sell the players (are
involved too). We are on the mar-
ket, you know that. I know we
expect news from us."
Giroud scored the opener in the
14th minute with a left-footed shot
from close range and Podolski dou-
bled the visitors lead four minutes
before halftime with an excellent
finish. Podolski completed the
comfortable victory in the 68th
after being set up by Santi Cazor-
la.England forward Darren Bent
pulled one back for Fulham in the
It was Fulham s first loss this
season after it opened the cam-
paign with a win at Sunderland.
Giroud had also scored in Arse-
nal s opening 3--1 home loss to
Villa and during the 3--0 win at
Fenerbahce in the first leg of their
Champions League playoff. (AP)
win in Premier League
BERLIN---Defending champion Bay-
ern Munich ground out a hard-fought
2--0 win over Nuremberg to maintain
its winning start to the Bundesliga
Franck Ribery met Philipp Lahm s
cross with a fine header to break the
deadlock in the 69th, and Arjen Robben
sealed the result when he eluded three
defenders and scored through the goal-
keeper s legs in the 78th.
Bayern toiled to break down the
Nuremberg defence, however, in what
was the 187th derby between the sides.
"Nine points from three games.
Everything s wonderful," Bayern chair-
man Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
Schalke s poor season start continued
with a 2--1 loss at Hannover, where the
visitors finished with nine players and
the hosts ten.
"Three games and only one point is
definitely not we expect at Schalke,"
said the team s under-pressure coach
Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia
Moenchengladbach 4--2 to win eight
Bundesliga games in a row for the first
time. Freiburg drew 3--3 at Hoffenheim,
where three players and the Freiburg
coach were sent off.
Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo
was sent off in a 2--0 defeat at Mainz,
with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and
Nicolai Mueller scoring for the home
Later on the day the Bundesliga cel-
ebrated its 50th anniversary, Hertha
Berlin defeated Hamburger SV 1--0 to
increase the pressure on visiting coach
Colombia forward Adrian Ramos
scored in the 74th, stroking the ball in
from close range after Nico Schulz burst
into the Hamburg penalty area to set
Hertha withstood the visitors des-
perate efforts for an equaliser to ensure
the club s best start to a Bundesliga
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola opted
to hand Mario Goetze his competitive
debut for the side, with fellow off-sea-
son signing Thiago Alcantara also start-
Despite claiming three-quarters of
the game s possession and outshooting
the visitors 25--5, Bayern lacked the
cutting edge to turn chances into goals.
"The defeat is merited. But we fought
brilliantly and showed great spirit,"
Nuremberg coach Michael Wiesinger
His team came closest to scoring in
the first half when Daniel Ginczek s
fierce effort crashed back off the cross-
bar in front of the goal line in the 15th.
David Alaba had the chance to score
from the penalty spot in the 33rd---
after Robben fell theatrically in a tussle
for the ball with Per Nilsson---but
Raphael Schaefer saved the Bayern
defender s weak effort.
Bayern striker Mario Mandzukic was
fortunate to avoid a red card for a dan-
gerous challenge on Berkay Dabanli
before the break.
Schaefer pulled off several great saves,
denying Mandzukic on the hour and
then Goetze shortly afterward.
Ribery scored one minute after Goet-
ze made way for Toni Kroos, prompting
a wave of relief around the stadium.
The Frenchman was shown a yellow
card for taking off his jersey while cel-
ebrating his first header in 54 Bundesliga
"That was strange," Ribery said with
a grin. "Strange but super."
Robben also scored an unusual goal,
scoring with his right foot for just the
third time in 47 Bundesliga goals. (AP)
Bayern whips Nuremberg
2--0 in Bundesliga
PARIS---Andre-Pierre Gignac s late
winner gave Marseille a 1--0 win at
Valenciennes on Saturday as last year s
runner-up maintained its perfect start
to the French league season.
Marseille is provisionally top of the
table after Lyon dropped its first points
of the season in a surprise 1--0 home
loss to Reims, which also saw it miss
a penalty. Saint-Etienne will join Mar-
seille if it beats Lille today.
Gignac scored with little more than
five minutes remaining. Andre Ayew
headed a corner toward goal and Valen-
ciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau
could only palm the effort down for
the onrushing Gignac to score his third
goal in as many games.
Marseille should have taken the lead
earlier in the match but failed to make
the most of their opportunities.
Valenciennes had a chance to level
near the end but Opa Nguette fired
wide of the left upright when all alone
in front of an empty net.
The rain was pouring down in Lyon
and the players were clearly finding it
difficult on the sodden pitch. So difficult
were the conditions that there was
more than a half hour delay to the start
of the second half as groundsmen
worked on the waterlogged pitch.
Play eventually did resume and
Alexandre Lacazette went close to giving
Lyon the lead on the hour mark with
a deft chipped volley which crashed
off the crossbar---although the striker
was flagged offside.
Lyon should have broken the dead-
lock in the 71st minute when it was
awarded a penalty for a push on Jordan
Ferri by Reims striker Gaetan Courtet.
However, Clement Grenier blazed his
spot kick over the bar.
Reims scored a somewhat fortunate
winner five minutes later when Odair
Fortes cross took a huge deflection off
Milan Bisevac and the ball looped over
Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and
into the back of the net.
Newly-promoted Guingamp picked
up its first points of the campaign with
a 2--0 win over Lorient.
Montpellier left it late but snatched
a first victory of the campaign, beating
ten-man Sochaux 2--1.
Bordeaux also won its first match of
the season, beating Bastia 1--0. Henri
Saivet s 32nd-minute free kick was
enough to hand all three points to Bor-
deaux, which completely dominated
Elsewhere, Rennes won 2--1 at Evian.
Marseille beats Valenciennes 1--0
GLASGOW---Celtic came back
from a two-goal deficit to salvage
a 2-2 draw against Scottish league
leaders Inverness yesterday.
Adam Matthews late equaliser
in the 82nd minute prevented
Inverness from opening a six-point
gap over the defending champi-
Inverness leads the standings
with ten points from four games,
three more than Celtic which has
played one game less.
Goals from Aaron Doran and
Richie Foran put Inverness in com-
mand after 35 minutes before
Charlie Mulgrew and Matthews
found the net for Celtic.
Third-placed St Johnstone lost
its first game of the season in a
4--0 thrashing by Dundee United
in the Tayside derby. Keith Watson,
David Goodwillie and Gary Mack-
ay-Steven gave Dundee a com-
fortable lead before halftime and
Stuart Armstrong completed the
rout in the 52nd. (AP)
Celtic rallies to draw with Inverness
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski, right, celebrates his second goal against Fulham with team-mate Olivier Giroud
during their English Premier League football match at Craven Cottage, London, yesterday. Arsenal won 3--1.
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