Friedel misses 1st Premier League match in 8 years


LONDON (AP) - Veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was dropped to the bench for Tottenham's 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, ending his record run of 310 Premier League starts in a row dating to May 2004.

France captain Hugo Lloris, a summer signing from Lyon, started over Friedel and posted a shutout in his league debut, with Spurs' goals coming from Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon.

"Obviously Brad was disappointed but as a great professional, he ended up accepting the decision," Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said. "We respect his performances and I'm sure he will be back in the team as soon as possible."

Manchester United relied on early goals from its much-maligned defense and a stunning strike from Tom Cleverley to secure an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle, keeping the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra scored on headers from corner kicks for United in the opening 15 minutes. Cleverley scored on a long-range shot in the 71st that curled in.

The frustration continues for Liverpool, which tied Stoke 0-0 at home. American midfielder Maurice Edu made his debut for Stoke as an 81st minute substitute for Charlie Adam.

In Sunday's other match, Jose Fonte scored a late tying goal - his second of the game - to earn Southampton a 2-2 tie against Fulham.


MILAN (AP) - American midfielder Michael Bradley scored his first goal for Roma in a 2-0 win against Atalanta in Serie A, and defending champion Juventus stretched its unbeaten streak in the league to 46 games with a 2-1 victory at Siena on Sunday.

Bradley sealed the game for Roma in the 62nd minute.

Claudio Marchisio scored what proved to be the winner for Juve.

Also Sunday, high-flying Lazio cruised to a 3-0 win at struggling Pescara.

Stevan Jovetic continued his impressive start to the season as he scored his fifth goal to send Fiorentina on its way to a 1-0 victory against Bologna.

Catania beat 10-man Parma 2-0 and Cagliari won 1-0 at Torino.


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund lost more ground to Bayern Munich when it conceded a late goal and had to settle for a 1-1 tie at Hannover on Sunday.

Mame Biram Diouf scored in the 86th minute to earn the tie for Hannover, leaving Dortmund trailing Bayern by nine points.

Eintracht Frankfurt had its first loss of the season, losing 2-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen tied 2-2 in the day's third match.


PARIS (AP) - Third-place Lyon missed the chance to keep the pressure on the top two when it was held to a 1-1 tie at Lorient in the French league Sunday.

Striker Bafetimi Gomis gave Lyon the lead midway through the first half, but former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere responded just after halftime as Lorient preserved its unbeaten record in the league this season and held on to the fourth spot.

Earlier, sixth-place Bordeaux maintained its unbeaten start to the season after tying 1-1 at Brest through striker Cheick Diabate's second-half tying goal.

Israel forward Eden Ben Basat put Brest ahead in the 38th minute with his third goal of the season, but Diabate leveled in the 68th with his second goal in as many games.


AMSTERDAM (AP) - FC Twente beat AZ Alkmaar 3-0 on Sunday to keep sole possession of first place in the Dutch Eredivisie, with goals from Nacer Chadli, Dusan Tadic and Luc Castaignos.

Earlier Sunday, PSV Eindhoven beat NAC Breda 4-0 to move into second place. Ajax drew 1-1 against FC Utrecht in Amsterdam and fell into fourth place behind Vitesse Arnhem.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Greece striker Georgios Samaras scored the first-half winner as Celtic beat Hearts 1-0 to maintain its two-point lead in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.

Five days after earning Celtic its first away win in the Champions League with a stoppage-time goal against Spartak Moscow, Samaras drove home a low finish in the 34th minute at Celtic Park as his team claimed a third straight league win.

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