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made the most of a rare Chelsea
start yesterday by scoring one
and setting up another in a 2-0
victory over third-tier club Swin-
don in the League Cup, while
Manchester City and Tottenham
advanced with stylish wins.
Torres slotted in from close range
in the 29th minute, and then wrig-
gled through the defense six min-
utes later before slipping the ball
through to Ramires to dink the ball
into the net.
"For the players who have not
played in the last few matches it
was good to play---everyone is
happy," Torres said. "It is one step
It was the Spain striker s first
domestic start since the opening
game of the season more than a
"Hopefully I ll have more
chances to play in the Premier
League games," he said.
Likewise for Tottenham striker
Jermain Defoe after netting twice
in a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.
In the other all-Premier League
clashes, Everton s unbeaten start
ended in a 2-1 loss at Fulham, and
West Ham edged Cardiff 3-2 to
reach the fourth round.
All the topflight sides avoided
embarrassment against lower-
league opposition, Norwich win-
ning 3-2 at Watford in extra time,
Hull beating Huddersfield 1-0,
Southampton overcoming Bristol
City 2-0, and Sunderland ousting
Peterborough by the same score-
Man City avenged last season s
FA Cup final loss to Wigan, by
routing the second-tier side 5-0
with Stevan Jovetic scoring his first
goals since joining from Fiorenti-
na.Edin Dzeko opened the scoring
the hosts by volleying into the net
in the 33rd minute before Jovetic
bundled in the second on the hour.
Yaya Toure came off the bench
to curl in a free kick from 20
yards---his third such goal of the
season---and Jovetic netted again
from close range in the 83rd after
Ryan Shotton made a mess of a
Jesus Navas rounded off the
scoring three minutes later when
he broke through and fired a low
shot past goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.
At Villa Park, 42-year-old
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel
had little to do on his return to his
own club as the Tottenham attack
It took the visitors until the
stroke of half time to go in front,
with Defoe flicking a header over
21-year-old Villa goalkeeper Jed
Steer after latching onto Lewis
Holtby s chip.
Holtby set up another four min-
utes into the second half, with
Paulinho stabbing in his second
goal in three days, having scored
Tottenham s Premier League win-
ner at Cardiff on Sunday.
Winger Nacer Chadli blasted in
his first goal since joining from FC
Twente in the close season and
Defoe wrapped up the victory in
stoppage time by rounding the
goalkeeper and putting the ball in
the net for Tottenham.
his first league goal and helped
Barcelona ease past Real
Sociedad 4-1 in the Spanish
league yesterday and stay perfect
after six rounds.
The Brazil forward s fourth
minute goal led to 20 minutes of
intense pressure and two more
goals that left Sociedad reeling at
the Camp Nou.
Neymar made the most of hes-
itation between two Sociedad
defenders and goalkeeper Claudio
Bravo to rush forward and poke
the ball into the goal.
"It doesn t matter that it was
a scrambled goal, what is impor-
tant is that it went in," said Ney-
mar. "The team is getting better
all the time."
Lionel Messi lunged headlong
four minutes later to score past
Bravo from Neymar s cross for
his seventh league goal this sea-
A minute later Bravo was forced
to sprint forward and punch away
a head-high ball as Neymar
arrived alone into the penalty area.
Sociedad captain Xabier Prieto
fell to the ground clutching his
right thigh and had to be substi-
tuted in midfield by Imanol Agir-
retxe in the 21st.
Busquets scored Barcelona s
third two minutes later after the
ball had bounced off the crossbar
from Messi s close-range shot.
Mascherano was substituted at
half time by Marc Bartra, and
Barcelona upped the pressure on
Bravo, who was forced to save
twice and watch another shot go
just over the bar in a ten-minute
Sociedad pulled one back when
Agruirretxe beat Gerard Pique and
passed the ball across the goal-
mouth for Alberto de la Bella to
tap into goal past a stranded Vic-
tor Valdes in the 64th.
"One of our starting premises
was not to allow them to score
in the first few minutes, which is
something we ve done in other
years, and look what happened,"
said de la Bella. "Playing like this
in the Camp Nou makes it very
difficult for us."
In the 76th minute, Messi drib-
bled past three defenders before
crossing to Bartra who flicked the
ball into goal to complete the rout.
In another match, Levante drew
1-1 with Valladolid. Baba Diawara
opened the scoring for Levante
in the 35th minute and Javier
Guerra equalised six minutes later.
Barca stays perfect in La Liga
Chelsea's Fernando Torres, right,
vies for the ball with Swindon's
Jay McEveley during the English
League Cup soccer match between
Chelsea and Swindon Town at the
County Ground in Swindon,
England yesterday. AP PHOTO
Torres on target for
Chelsea in League Cup
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