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avoided another blip against a Pre-
mier League newcomer yesterday,
although without coming close to
replicating the scintillating per-
forming from in its opening
Alvaro Negredo s header and
Yaya Toure s late free kick gave the
2012 champions an unconvincing
2-0 victory over Hull.
After starting the season with an
electrifying 4-0 rout of Newcastle,
City lost at Cardiff last weekend
to drop points early in its bid to
reclaim the title from Manchester
United is in action at Liverpool
today when Arsenal hosts Totten-
ham in the north London derby.
In their third matches of the sea-
son yesterday, a trio of teams pro-
duced their first victories.
There were 1-0 wins for New-
castle over Fulham and Norwich
against Southampton, while new-
comer Crystal Palace earned its
first points of the season by beating
Stoke made it two wins in three
games by defeating West Ham 1-
0, while Everton was held 0-0 by
Cardiff, the Merseyside team s third
successive league draw under new
manager Roberto Martinez.
At the Etihad Stadium, City
laboured against a resilient Hull
side until Negredo, an offseason
signing from Sevilla, came off the
bench to head in Pablo Zabaleta s
cross in the 64th minute.
Yaya Toure put the victory
beyond doubt in the 90th minute
when he curled in a free kick after
Samir Nasri was fouled.
"We must improve," City man-
ager Manuel Pellegrini said. "We
had too many difficulties in the
first half (in creating chances) to
shoot at the Hull goal.
And Palace was pleased to finally
get off the mark.
Although Danny Gabbidon put
the south London club ahead with
a scruffy goal after nine minutes,
Steven Fletcher headed Sunderland
level in the 64th.
The game swung back in Palace s
favour when John O Shea was sent
off for bringing down striker
Dwight Gayle, who scored from the
resulting penalty in the 79th.
Stuart O Keefe completed the
day s highest-scoring game with a
curling shot that went into the net
off the underside of the crossbar
in stoppage time.
It was a more mundane win for
Norwich. Nathan Redmond scored
the only goal at Carrow Road in
the 68th minute by cutting in from
the left to unleash a fierce drive
from the edge of the box.
Jermaine Pennant scored his first
goal in 63 matches as Stoke won
its second match of the season.
Pennant, who had come on as a
substitute at West Ham, curled a
free kick over the top of the wall
and beyond the reach of keeper
Jussi Jaaskelainen in the 82nd.
Newcastle also left it late to pro-
duce a winner.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored the
northeast club s first league goal
since last season in the 86th, cut-
ting in from the right and weaving
through the defense before shooting
past goalkeeper David Stockdale.
BERLIN---Schalke ended Bayer
Leverkusen s winning start to the
Bundesliga yesterday with a 2-0
win that relieves the pressure on
coach Jens Keller following the
club s poor league start.
Marco Hoeger scored against the
run of play for the home side in the
30th, when he got a slight touch
with the back of his head to Jefferson
Farfan s free kick.
Son Heung-min came closest for
Leverkusen in the second half, but
was denied by a good save from
Timo Hildebrand, before new signing
Dennis Aogo called Bernd Leno into
action at the other end.
Farfan secured his side s first win
of the season with a penalty in the
83rd, after he had dusted himself off
from Emir Spahic s poorly executed
challenge in the area.
Earlier yesterday, Hamburger SV
defeated promoted Eintracht Braun-
schweig 4-0 to buy Thorsten Fink
some breathing space after his side
mimicked Schalke s start to the sea-
son. Rafael van der Vaart slid in to
poke home the opening goal in the
seventh minute, and Jacques Zoua
made it 2-0 with a tap-in ten min-
utes later after some shoddy defend-
ing from the visitors.
Hakan Calhanoglu scored in the
80th, one minute after coming on
as a substitute, when Daniel Davari
failed to hold his speculative effort,
and Calhanoglu then wrapped up
his side s first win of the season with
a fine free kick in injury time.
Hannover came from behind to
defeat Mainz 4-1 and end the vis-
itors winning start to the season.
defeated Werder Bremen 4-1, with
Juan Arango opening the scoring in
the 36th after a great pass from
Granit Xhaka, and Raffael scoring
from a rebound in the 53rd.
Wolfsburg defeated visiting Hertha
Berlin 2-0 through Ivica Olic s 42nd-
minute strike, and a penalty earned
and converted by Diego.
MILAN---Juventus cruised to a 4-
1 victory over ten-man Lazio in
Serie A yesterday as the capital club
fell to another hefty defeat at the
hands of the defending champion.
Lazio was looking to avenge its
4-0 Super Cup loss to Juventus two
weeks ago, but two world-class fin-
ishes from Arturo Vidal sent Juventus
on its way to another victory.
Miroslav Klose reduced the deficit
with his first goal against Juventus
but Mirko Vucinic restored the home
side s two-goal advantage shortly
Lazio was forced to play nearly
half an hour with ten men after Her-
nanes was sent off for a second yel-
low card. And Carlos Tevez---who
had earlier hit the crossbar---scored
his third goal in as many games.
Last year s runner-up Napoli beat
Chievo Verona 4-2. (AP)
BARCELONA---Celta Vigo s
lack of finishing touch con-
demned it to a 1-1 draw at home
against Granada in the Spanish
League yesterday, while Val-
ladolid beat Getafe 1-0 for its
first points of the season.
Former Roma coach Luis
Enrique s new team dominated
at Balaidos Stadium and went
ahead in the 29th minute when
midfielder Rafina Alcantara---
brother of Bayern Munich s Thi-
ago---fired in a cross that had
taken a deflection to catch Grana-
da goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez
out of position.
Celta wasted a slew of chances
to double its lead. Alex Lopez hit
the post in the 35th before miss-
ing again from close range, while
striker Charles squandered three
excellent looks on goal.
Granada forward Francisco
"Piti" Medina volleyed home the
62nd-minute equaliser on the
run, arriving from the right side
to lash Brayan Angulo s bouncing
cross into the net. The visitors
did little else in the match.
After a dull first half at Jose
Zorilla Stadium, Valladolid centre
back Marc Valiente scored after
Omar Ramos corner was flicked
on to the centre of the area by
Carlos Pena in the 47th.
Barcelona visits Valencia while
Real Madrid hosts Athletic Bilbao
today, when Real Sociedad wel-
comes Atletico Madrid, Malaga
plays at Sevilla, and Espanyol
faces Real Betis.
Levante won 2-1 at Rayo Val-
lecano and Elche drew 2-2 with
Almeria on Friday. (AP)
PARIS---Paris Saint-Germain s
expensive stars again failed to deliv-
er the flair to match the club s huge
financial outlay, so it was left to
18-year-old homegrown player
Adrien Rabiot to break newly-pro-
moted Guingamp s resistance in the
French league yesterday.
PSG scraped a 2-0 home win after
netting twice in injury time as Rabiot
came off the bench to grab his first
goal for the club, and then Zlatan
Ibrahimovic ended his scoring
drought moments later with his first
goal of a frustrating season.
It was PSG s second straight win
after last weekend s equally difficult
2-1 win at Nantes, another promoted
club, and underlined how Blanc s
team has yet to play with fluidity
and teamwork despite having unlim-
ited funds to recruit top talents.
Leader Marseille, which has won
all three games, can restore its four-
point lead over PSG if it beats visiting
The win moved PSG provisionally
up to second place with eight points.
In yesterday s other matches, it
was: Bastia 2, Toulouse 1; Lorient 1,
Valenciennes 0; Reims 0, Nantes 0;
Rennes 0, Lille 0, and Sochaux 0,
Saint-Etienne hosts Bordeaux and
Nice faces Montpellier in today s
scored from a late free kick to
give champion Celtic a 1-0 vic-
tory over Dundee United in the
Scottish Premiership yesterday.
The game was drifting toward
a draw when Stokes was brought
down by Stuart Armstrong and
Keith Watson at the edge of the
Stokes curled the free kick over
the wall and past goalkeeper
Radoslaw Cierzniak, with the ball
going in off the post in the 87th
It has been a good week for
Celtic, which has ten points from
four games and qualified for the
Champions League group stage
on Wednesday after a dramatic
win over Shakhter Karagandy.
West Ham United's
Winston Reid, left,
tussles with Stoke
City's Kenwyne Jones
of T&T during their
League football match
at Upton Park, London,
yesterday. Stoke won
1-0. AP PHOTO
Man City avoids 2nd
blip vs a newcomer
PSG fails to impress in 2-0 home win
Manchester City 2, Hull City 0
Cardiff City 0, Everton 0
Newcastle United 1, Fulham 0
Norwich City 1, Southampton 0
West Ham United 0, Stoke City 1
Crystal Palace 3, Sunderland 1
Aberdeen 0, St Johnstone 0
Hibernian 0, Ross County 0
Inverness 2, Hearts 0
St Mirren 1, Partick Thistle 2
Motherwell 2, Kilmarnock 1
1-1 at home
10-man Lazio 4-1
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