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SYDNEY---Sydney FC captain and
former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero
celebrated his 39th birthday with the
winning goal from a first-half penalty in
his ten-man side's 3--2 win over the
Melbourne Victory yesterday.
All five goals were scored in the first
half as Sydney ended a run of three
consecutive losses. Sydney played a man
down from the 25th minute when Marc
Warren was given a straight red card after
bringing down Connor Pain as Pain
approached the Sydney goal.
Shannon Cole scored a first-half goal to
give Western Sydney a 1--0 win over the
Melbourne Heart and leave the Wanderers
in first place ahead of Sunday's final match
of the round between the Central Coast
Mariners and Brisbane. The Roar trail the
Wanderers by two points.
The last-place Heart are winless in ten
matches and without a goal in five hours
of football. There are also reports that
John Aloisi's coaching job is in jeopardy.
But an upbeat Aloisi said his side had
played well and predicted better things.
Andrew Durante scored in the fourth
minute for Wellington at home, but the
Phoenix could only manage a 1--1 draw
with Perth Glory after Ryo Nagai's 29th-
minute goal. (AP)
Del Piero scores winner on his 39th birthday
LONDON---Chelsea took until the
sixth minute of stoppage time to
salvage a draw against West
Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool
and Southampton turned on the
style with four-goal wins in the
English Premier League yesterday.
Luis Suarez s double powered Liv-
erpool to a 4--0 victory over Fulham,
and Southampton easily overcame
Hull 4--1 to continue the south coast
club s impressive start to the season.
Liverpool and Southampton sent
Chelsea down to fourth place as the
west London club was held to 2--2
Goals from Shane Long and
Stephane Sessegnon put West Brom
on course for a first win at Chelsea
in 35 years until Steven Reid was
penalised for fouling Ramires in the
fourth minute of stoppage time and
Eden Hazard equalised from the
Arsenal will finish the weekend
top of the standings regardless of
whether the north London club can
win at Manchester United today,
given its two-point lead over Liv-
Chelsea is four points behind the
front-runners, although it could have
been worse for Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager s 65-
game unbeaten league home record
at Chelsea was looking under threat
until referee Andre Marriner pointed
to the spot in stoppage time.
Chelsea had gone in front through
a moment of good fortune.
Hazard cut in from the left and
saw his shot parried by Boaz Myhill.
West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell
then dithered and remained static,
leaving Samuel Eto o to score his
third goal of the week.
The second half began brightly
for West Brom, with Long heading
against the outside of the post and
then finding the target on the hour.
From Morgan Amalfitano s corner,
Gareth McAuley s powerful header
was pushed high into the air by
Cech. As the ball came back down,
Long rose to head it in.
Eight minutes later, West Brom
was in front, as Ridgewell made up
for the blunder that allowed Chelsea
to go in front.
After breaking down the left flank,
Ridgewell fed Sessegnon, whose shot
easily beat Cech.
In front, but never comfortable,
West Brom had to soak up sustained
Chelsea pressure to protect the lead.
"Our reaction could be die or
fight for life, " Mourinho said. "And
our team fought for life."
Fortune favoured Chelsea with the
late penalty won by Ramires.
"He started going down early, he
started going down before the con-
tact," said West Brom manager Steve
Clarke, Mourinho s assistant at
Chelsea during his first stint in
charge from 2004-07.
At Anfield, Fulham gifted Liver-
pool the lead when Fernando
Amorebieta headed the ball inad-
vertently into his own goal in the
23rd minute after Steven Gerrard
sent a free kick into the penalty area.
Three minutes later there was
another goal, from another header,
this time from a Liverpool player as
defender Martin Skrtel met Gerrard s
Suarez, who initially thought he
diverted Amorebieta s header into
the goal, then did get on the score-
sheet by slotting home in the 36th.
The Uruguay striker took his tally
to eight goals in six league matches
since returning from a 10-game bit-
ing ban by wrapping up the win in
the 54th after Gerrard turned
Southampton is just a point
Morgan Schneiderlin headed
Southampton in front after 16 min-
utes against Hull after being set up
by Adam Lallana, who then won a
penalty after being brought down
by goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Rickie Lambert converted from
the spot on the half hour, before
Lallana scored a goal of his own
seven minutes later, a fine solo effort
after jinking through the defense.
Yannick Sagbo pulled one back
for Hull from distance early in the
second half but Steven Davis com-
pleted the comfortable Southampton
win in the 88th after meeting
Nathaniel Clyne s cross.
At Villa Park, Aston Vila s four-
game scoring drought ended when
Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak
clinched a 2--0 win over Cardiff.
There were no goals, though, at
Selhurst Park as bottom-place Crys-
tal Palace held fifth-place Everton
to end a seven-match losing run.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard
started despite hitting his head before
the game when he walked into the
wing mirror of the team bus.
Norwich staged a second-half
comeback to beat West Ham 3-1 and
ease the immediate pressure on
manager Chris Hughton. Norwich
was booed off by its fans at halfltime
at 1--0 down but was a much more
cohesive unit after the break. (AP)
Chelsea snatches draw
...as Liverpool, Southampton win big
Chelsea's Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, fights for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Morgan Amalfitano during
their English Premier League football match, at the Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. The match
ended drawn 2--2. AP PHOTO
7 Manchester City
8 ManchesterUnited 10 5 2 3 17 13 4 17
9 WestBromwichAlbion 11 3 5 3 12 12 0 14
10 Aston Villa
11 NewcastleUnited 10 4 2 4 14 16 -2 14
12 Hull City
13 Cardiff City
14 Swansea City
15 Norwich City
18 Stoke City
20 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 2, Cardiff 0
Chelsea 2, West Brom 2
Liverpool 4, Fulham 0
Southampton 4, Hull 1
Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0
Norwich 3, West Ham 1
Reading 1, Rangers 1
Barnsley 0, Doncaster 0
Blackpool 2, Ipswich 3
Bolton 3, Millwall 1
Brighton & Hove 3, Blackburn 0
Burnley 1, Bournemouth 1
Derby 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0
Huddersfield 1, Birmingham 3
Leicester 0, Nottingham 2
Middlesbrough 2, Watford 2
Charlton 2, Leeds 4
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