Chelsea beats Spurs 4-2; United, City also winners


LONDON (AP) - Chelsea maintained its flying start to the Premier League by beating Tottenham 4-2 away to preserve its four-point lead, and Manchester City needed a last-gasp winner to keep the pressure on the European champions on Saturday.

Substitute Edin Dzeko scored twice in the last 10 minutes - his second coming in injury time - to earn City a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion despite playing with 10 men for more than an hour.

Second-place Manchester United remained level on points with City thanks to a 4-2 home win over Stoke, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice - as well as an own goal - to open his account for the season.

Chelsea has momentum after recovering from going 2-1 down to end Spurs' four-match winning run under former manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Spain playmaker Juan Mata grabbed two goals and set up another for the unbeaten visitors, who have picked up 22 points from a possible 24 this campaign - matching City's start to its title-winning season last year.

"There are 30 games still to play," Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo said. "(The win) makes us a team that is strong and makes our start even better, but with 30 more games I still think that you have to wait until the Christmas period."

Arsenal dropped off the pace by surprisingly losing 1-0 at Norwich, which picked up its first win of the season, and Raheem Sterling became Liverpool's second youngest scorer in the Premier League by grabbing a first-half winner in the 1-0 victory over Reading at Anfield.

The win was only the hosts' third at home in 2012, lifting them to the middle of the standings.

West Ham maintained its impressive start to life back in the top division by thrashing Southampton 4-1, while Swansea beat Wigan 2-1 and Fulham edged past Aston Villa 1-0.


MADRID (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo's 15th goal of the season helped Real Madrid labor to a 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo in the Spanish league before its midweek Champions League visit to Borussia Dortmund.

Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in the 67th minute at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after Gonzalo Higuain opened for the hosts in the 11th with a lofted shot from well outside the area that looped over goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.

Madrid struggled to string together its attack inside Celta's area and at times looked the complacent side that started the league so poorly. On Wednesday, it plays at the German champions in the Champions League.

Barcelona can re-establish its eight-point lead over Madrid with a victory at Deportivo La Coruna later Saturday, which would also see it move three points clear of Atletico Madrid atop the standings. Atletico, which has 19 points like Barcelona, is at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Earlier, Malaga stayed within touch of the Spanish leaders after Joaquin Sanchez scored in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Real Valladolid as the Costa del Sol club warmed up for its Champions League match against AC Milan with another victory.


TURIN, Italy (AP) - Defending champion Juventus needed two late goals from substitutes for a 2-0 win over Napoli in a top-of-the-table clash Sunday to take control of the Italian league and extend its Serie A unbeaten streak to 47 matches.

Uruguay defender Martin Caceres scored in the 80th minute and French teenager Paul Pogba added another goal two minutes later. It was the first goals for both players this season, and the 19-year-old Pogba's first in Serie A.

The best Napoli could muster was a free kick off the crossbar from Edinson Cavani in the 26th.

Juventus moved three points clear of Napoli, which is attempting to win its first league title since Diego Maradona led the southern club to the honor in 1987 and 1990.

Later, third-place Lazio was hosting struggling AC Milan. Lazio and Inter Milan are tied for third, seven points back.

Inter hosts Catania on Sunday.


BERLIN (AP) - Defending champion Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 2-1 loss at home to bitter rival Schalke in the 141st Ruhr derby on Saturday, while Bayern Munich became the first side to start the Bundesliga with eight wins.

"We didn't play well, that was the first problem," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp.

Ibrahim Afellay opened the scoring in the 14th minute, when he crashed a low shot in off the left post, and Schalke went 2-0 up in the 48th, when Marco Hoeger finished off a counterattack after a brilliant through ball from Lewis Holtby.

Robert Lewandowski pulled one back with a header from Marco Reus' free kick seven minutes later, but it wasn't enough to save Dortmund's 17-game unbeaten run at home or prevent the side falling 12 points behind Bayern.

"We didn't play enough football," Klopp said. "Altogether it was a deserved win for Schalke."

Thomas Mueller scored twice in Bayern's 5-0 rout of Fortuna Duesseldorf, with Mario Mandzukic, Luiz Gustavo and Rafinha also on target for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Freiburg won 2-0 at Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Mainz, and second-place Eintracht Frankfurt beat Hannover 3-1.

Marco Arnautovic scored one and set up another as Werder Bremen enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.


PARIS (AP) - Paris Saint-Germain again left its fans disappointed after scraping a 1-0 home win against Reims on Saturday, despite provisionally moving to the top of the French league for the first time this season and remaining unbeaten.

Just like in the last home match, when he scored both goals in a lackluster performance against Sochaux, Kevin Gameiro again proved to be PSG's match-winner when he headed home in the second half.

"It was a difficult match, with players coming back from the international break, so we couldn't prepare the match properly," PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "The second half was better, and we deserved to win. It's good to be top of the league, even if it's only for one night."

But Reims had the better chances in the first half and missed the chance to take the lead in the 40th minute, only for Brazilian midfielder Diego to miss a penalty.

"It is a little bit (frustrating) because I don't think we played very well tonight, particularly in the first half when Reims caused us a lot of trouble," PSG defender Christophe Jallet said. "At the end of the second half we should have killed the game off. We can't (miss) so many chances. I think that's why there was a bit of tension, because we were on the razor's edge."

PSG is level with Marseille, but Marseille can restore its three-point lead if it wins away at last-place Troyes on Sunday.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Celtic thrashed St. Mirren 5-0 away on Saturday to secure a fourth straight win in the Scottish Premier League, extending its lead in the standings to three points.

Neil Lennon's side warmed up for a Champions League match at Spanish giant Barcelona on Tuesday by taking a four-goal lead by the break, with Victor Wanyama's brace adding to goals by Gary Hooper and Efe Ambrose.

Tony Watt's late header completed the victory, ensuring the defending champions moved ahead after Hibernian's surprise 3-2 loss at Ross County.

That dropped Hibs from second to fourth, with St. Johnstone becoming the nearest challenger to Celtic by beating Kilmarnock 2-1. Aberdeen is third after a 1-1 at Dundee United.

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