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MANCHESTER --- Luis Suarez s stun-
ning quadruple for Liverpool capped
a goal-laden night in the Premier
League that saw the top four all win,
but Manchester United lose 1-0 to
Everton to be cut adrift in the title
Arsenal preserved its four-point lead
as Nicklas Bendtner capitalised on a rare
start to score in a 2-0 win over Hull,
while Eden Hazard capped a brilliant
performance with two goals in Chelsea s
wild 4-3 victory at Sunderland.
Manchester City stayed third by beat-
ing West Bromwich Albion 3-2, mainly
thanks to Yaya Toure s brace, but the
star of the night was Suarez, whose four
goals in a 5-1 thrashing of Norwich
included a 45-yard looping volley as
part of a first-half hat-trick.
"Just the fear he puts in defenders ---
the quality of his finishing is phenom-
enal," Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers said of the Uruguay striker, who
has now scored 11 goals in his last four
games against Norwich.
While the front runners were all win-
ning, United slumped to a fourth defeat
of a turbulent first season in charge for
David Moyes, whose old club of 11 years
claimed a first win at Old Trafford since
1992 thanks to Bryan Oviedo s 86th-
"It s a big catch-up for us now," said
Moyes, whose team dropped to ninth
place in the stuttering defense of its title
--- 12 points behind Arsenal after 14
Tottenham ruined Rene Meulensteen s
first match in charge of Fulham by win-
ning 2-1 at Craven Cottage, giving Spurs
manager Andre Villas-Boas a first win
in five games and some much-needed
Swansea ended Newcastle s four-
match winning run with a 3-0 victory
and Aston Villa upset Southampton 3-
2 to take the number of goals in the
night s nine matches to 32. Stoke was
held 0-0 by Cardiff.
Suarez became the first player to score
three hat-tricks against the same team
in the Premier League, beginning his
virtuoso performance in the 15th minute
with a dipping volley from long range.
An instinctive second was followed
by a classy third, when he turned this
way and that before smashing a rising
shot into the corner from the edge of
the area. He finished off his one-man
show with a curling free kick and added
an assist for good measure, setting up
Raheem Sterling for Liverpool s fifth.
Despite missing Liverpool s first five
games of the campaign to complete a
ban for biting carried over from last sea-
son, Suarez is now the Premier League s
top scorer with 13 goals in nine match-
"I wish Suarez would just leave us
alone!! Big bully!" Norwich midfielder
Anthony Pilkington tweeted.
Arsenal may not have racked up the
goals but the win was just as routine
against a team that shocked Liverpool
three days earlier, keeping Arsene
Wenger s side out in front.
Bendtner was handed his first Premier
League start since March 2011, with
Olivier Giroud given a rest, and the for-
gotten man responded by heading home
the opener after just 90 seconds.
"When he is physically sharp, he can
compete with anybody," Wenger said of
the Denmark striker, who has been
loaned out to Sunderland and Juventus
in recent seasons. "When he has that
commitment and attitude, his quality
Mesut Ozil stroked home a pass from
Aaron Ramsey to make it 2-0 in the
47th and secure Arsenal s 11th win of
Chelsea and Man City kept the pres-
sure on Arsenal with entertaining away
wins, with that trio looking increasingly
likely to be battling for the title come
Hazard set up Lampard for Chelsea s
equaliser, after Jozy Altidore put Sun-
derland ahead early, and then scored
twice himself to earn plaudits from his
manager, Jose Mourinho.
"Eden Hazard was excellent," Mour-
inho said. "He told me at dinner last
night, Boss, for a long time I haven t
scored. He decided he would score
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley
scored at both ends in the final 10 min-
utes, with his team staying rooted to
the bottom --- two points behind Crystal
City finally found a cure to its away
problems, grabbing just its second vic-
tory in seven matches on its travels
thanks to Sergio Aguero s ninth-minute
opener and goals by Yaya Toure either
side of the break. West Brom scored
twice in the dying stages via Costel Pan-
tilimon s own goal and Victor Anichebe s
With the top four all picking up three
points, United chose the worst time to
expose its vulnerabilities as Everton
achieved under Roberto Martinez what
Moyes failed to do in 11 years at Goodison
Park --- a win at Old Trafford.
United struck the goal frame twice,
through Wayne Rooney and Danny Wel-
beck, but Everton overran the hosts in
midfield and deservedly prevailed thanks
to Oviedo s close-range finish.
"We will need to play some great foot-
ball and win an awful lot of games in
the run-in if we going to be in there
and around it come the end of the sea-
son," said Moyes, who was jeered by
Everton s travelling support throughout.
PARIS --- Struggling Evian ended Paris Saint-Germain s
36-game unbeaten run in all competitions by defeating
the leader 2-0 in the French League yesterday.
Clarck Nsikulu capitalised on a counterattack to fire home
a low strike in the 75th minute before Pape Amodou Sougou
cut inside Thiago Silva to beat goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
in the 87th.
The defending champion saw its lead over Lille atop the
league cut to one point while Evian moved into 15th place.
"We were too average to win tonight," PSG coach Laurent
Blanc told Canal Plus television. "We were not good in the
first half but we created chances and should have taken
the lead. I think it s a different story if we open the scor-
PSG paid the price for rotating its lineup as Blanc rested
Lucas Moura, Maxwell and Gregory Van der Wiel --- who
were on the bench --- and Alex and Ezequiel Lavezzi, who
were not even in the squad.
The visitors could have opened the scoring in the first
half but Jeremy Menez wasted two good chances with some
poor finishing in the 35th and 40th minutes.
PSG showed more accuracy in the second half, but Evian
keeper Jesper Hansen saved a lob from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
in the 65th and a close-range header from Javier Pastore
in the 87th.
"We re fighting to avoid relegation," Evian coach Pascal
Dupraz said. "I d like so much to see my players show the
same desire and focus in every game. Unfortunately, that s
not the case as you can see in the standings."
Evian was the runner-up in the French Cup last season.
Also yesterday, it was: Rennes 3, Saint-Etienne 1;
Guingamp 0, Bordeaux 1; Ajaccio 1, Bastia 1; Sochaux 0,
Reims 2; and Montpellier 0, Lorient 2.
Silvio Romero scored his first league goal by finishing
off a counterattack with a header in the 33rd minute. Romain
Alessandrini doubled the lead for mid-table Rennes by
converting a rebound in the 55th before setting up Romero
in the 68th for a 3-0 lead.
Saint-Etienne striker Mevlut Erding scored a consolation
goal in stoppage time.
Julien Faubert scored the winner for Bordeaux with a
powerful strike through the goalkeeper s legs in the 26th
to help his team get back in the race for a European spot.
Bordeaux trails fourth-place Marseille by three points.
Bordeaux was down to 10 men in the 53rd minute when
left back Lucas Orban picked up a second yellow card.
Guingamp forward Claudio Beauvue was also sent off for
a foul on Landry N Guemo in the 90th.
Bastia goalkeeper Mickael Landreau played his 603rd
league game at Ajaccio to break the record for most appear-
ances held by former Monaco keeper Jean-Luc Ettori.
Florian Raspentino put Bastia ahead with a low strike
in the ninth minute. Ajaccio lost fullback Joshua Nadeau,
who was shown a red card for a high kick on Adama Ba
in the 61st, but managed to salvage a draw with a chip
from Brazilian striker Eduardo in the 82nd.
Christopher Glombard capitalised on a missed clearance
from Sochaux goalkeeper Simon Pouplin to give Reims the
lead in the 16th before Prince Oniangue headed in a rebound
in the 87th.
Lorient earned a third straight win to climb to 12th after
Maxime Barthelme outpaced the Montpellier defense to
beat goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren in the 49th.
Montpellier lost center back Vitorino Hilton, who reacted
to a foul from Lorient substitute Fabien Robert in the 88th
by kicking his opponent in the face, and was down to nine
men in the 92nd when defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari
gave away a penalty that Vincent Aboubakar converted to
notch his ninth league goal.
Montpellier coach Jean Fernandez s job is under threat
as the 2012 champion is in 17th place.
"When things don t go well, it s always tough for the
coach," Fernandez said. "But I accept that. The team and
the club are more important. My job is to keep everybody
motivated to get out of that situation."
Today, Lyon hosts Toulouse. (AP)
Liverpool's Luis Suarez, left, controls the ball past Norwich City's Martin Olsson
during their English Premier League football match at Anfield in Liverpool, England,
yesterday. Suarez scored four goals in Liverpool's 5-1 win. AP PHOTO
PSG loses 2-0
at Evian in
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