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PARIS---Radamel Falcao scored his
eighth goal of the season as Monaco
beat struggling Lyon 2-1 to keep the
pressure on Paris Saint-Germain at the
top of the French league.
PSG, which is unbeaten in 28 games,
has a better goal difference and only
needed a draw away to Saint-Etienne
later yesterday to regain top spot from
Monaco. Saint-Etienne was PSG's bogey
side last season, winning away, drawing
at home, and knocking them out of the
League Cup quarterfinals on penalties.
Midfielder Mounir Obbadi gave Mona-
co the lead in the 28th minute with his
first goal of the season. Lyon goalkeeper
Anthony Lopes punched away a corner
but the ball fell to Obbadi about 25 meters
out and he hit a powerful half-volley
into the top right corner.
Earlier, centre forward Cheick Dibate
and winger Ludovic Obraniak scored late
goals as Bordeaux beat 10-man Mont-
LONDON---Fernando Torres capped off an
impressive attacking display for Chelsea by
seizing on Manchester City s defensive blunder
in the 90th minute to clinch a 2-1 victory in
the Premier League yesterday.
In the other matches, West Ham picked up
a hard-earned point on the road with a 0-0
draw at Swansea; Roberto Soldado converted
a late penalty to give Tottenham a 1-0 win over
Hull and Sunderland produced its first Premier
League victory of the season, beating Newcastle
2-1 in the hotly-contested northeast derby.
After Chelsea substitute Willian launched
the ball forward, City goalkeeper Joe Hart found
himself exposed on the edge of the penalty
area and defender Matija Nastasic managed to
head the ball over his own goalkeeper.
In a run that encapsulated his energetic per-
formance at Stamford Bridge, Torres raced onto
the loose ball and sent it into the unguarded
"I don't think this is the moment to say who
is to take (blame)," City manager Manuel Pel-
legrini said. "They scored the goal and we will
analyse it in the week."
The second half had begun badly for Chelsea
when Sergio Aguero canceled out Andre Schuer-
rle's opener, which had been set up by Torres.
But Torres' late winner ensured Chelsea
ended the weekend still two points behind
leader Arsenal, while City dropped to seventh.
"We are happy because it is our first win
against a contender for the Premier League,"
Although it was Torres' first league goal of
the season, it was the Spain striker's third this
week after also scoring twice at Schalke in the
Champions League on Tuesday.
And it ensured that two of Sunday's goals
were scored by former Atletico Madrid strik-
ers---Torres and Aguero---in a meeting of one-
time Real Madrid managers: Chelsea's Jose
Mourinho and Pellegrini.
The early danger was all created by Mour-
Gary Cahill volleyed over after just three
minutes, but both sides were struggling to get
sight of goal.
Torres threw his body at Ramires' deep ball
after 28 minutes but was unable to get a shot
in. Ramires tried to set up Torres again a minute
later, but the end product was poor. Torres
brought the ball down with his chest but
scooped over with no defenders around him
and only Hart to beat.
"When you are a player and you make a
mistake you are finished for the game," Mour-
inho said. "After that you saw the best Fer-
And Torres was the creator of Chelsea's open-
er.The City defense couldn't cope with the
Spain's striker's blistering pace as he rampaged
down the right flank before squaring to Schuer-
rle, who swept the ball in from close range in
the 33rd minute.
Torres was popping up everywhere, and was
only denied a goal by the crossbar in the 37th
when he unleashed a shot on the turn from
inside the penalty area.
"He is sharp, he is powerful, the belief is
high," Mourinho said of Torres. "So we are
happy for him."
In a first half when Petr Cech had little to
do, the Chelsea goalkeeper had no trouble bat-
ting away a close-range shot from Aguero.
But the Argentina striker was on target four
minutes into the second half. He ran onto Samir
Nasri's throughball and got past Cahill before
beating Cech at his near post.
City kept up the pressure and Javi Garcia
met David Silva's free kick with a header that
When Eden Hazard went down in the penalty
area under a challenge from City defender Pablo
Zabaleta, Chelsea appealed for a penalty that
Torres continued to search for his first league
goal since May, but he flicked a header straight
at Hart and lifted the ball over at the back post
from Frank Lampard's free kick.
Cech's feet prevented Silva from giving City
the lead, and Torres then produced the winner
with the game about to enter stoppage time---
causing Mourinho to launch himself into the
crowd behind the bench to celebrate with his
son and other supporters.
It was Chelsea's third straight win, while
City has now dropped 11 points in nine games.
The only consolation for City is that they
remain two points ahead of reigning champion
and neighbor Manchester United.
BARCELONA---Mexico forward Gio-
vani Dos Santos scored two goals and
set up the opener as Villarreal rolled
past Valencia 4-1 to strengthen its
hold on fourth place in the Spanish
The home victory in the regional
derby lifted Villarreal to within two
points of third-place Real Madrid after
it lost 2-1 at leader Barcelona on Sat-
Also, Sevilla beat 10-man Osasuna
2-1 for a third straight win in league
Dos Santos leads Villarreal with six
goals through 10 rounds. That makes
him the fourth leading scorer in Spain's
first division after Atletico Madrid strik-
er Diego Costa with 10 goals and Lionel
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with eight
Dos Santos crossed for striker
Ikechuwku Uche to steer the ball in at
the far post and get Villarreal started
in the 17th minute.
Villarreal's passing game undid
Valencia's pressure before Ruben
"Cani" Gracia sent in another cross to
the second post for Hernan Perez to
head home and double the lead five
Dos Santos hit the post and had a
penalty saved by goalkeeper Vicente
Guita after Jeremy Mathieu tripped
Uche in the area, but he made up for
his missed spot kick with a deft flick
with his back to the net to score from
the resulting corner kick in the 49th.
After Ricardo Costa headed in Valen-
cia's lone goal in the 63rd, Dos Santos
polished off his outstanding perform-
ance with a long left-footed strike to
beat Guaita in the 84th.
Osasuna lost a player in the 34th at
Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium when
defender Damia Abella got a direct red
card for pulling down Kevin Gameiro
from behind with only the goalkeeper
Osasuna held Sevilla at bay until
midfielder Ivan Rakitic broke through
in the 55th by volleying in Stephane
Mbia's lobbed pass for his team-leading
fifth goal in league play this season.
Sevilla forward Jairo Samperio hit
on the break in the 75th, in-between
teammate Carlos Bacca's two shots off
Osasuna striker Oriol Riera headed
in a consolation goal three minutes
Monaco keeps pressure on PSG
Torres scores late to give
Chelsea win over City
Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and
Manchester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won the match 2-1. AP PHOTO
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