United stay perfect, Barca in eight-goal show

Sep 19, 2011, 13:35 IST | AFP

Manchester United maintained their 100 percent record in the English Premier League with a 3-1 win over Chelsea, while European champions Barcelona crushed Osasuna 8-0 in Spain.

Manchester United maintained their 100 percent record in the English Premier League with a 3-1 win over Chelsea, while European champions Barcelona crushed Osasuna 8-0 in Spain.


- Manchester United maintained their perfect start with a 3-1 win over title rivals Chelsea, but Manchester City surrendered their 100 percent record as Fulham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2.

Problems increased for Arsenal, who are fourth from bottom after a 4-3 loss at Blackburn, while Liverpool finished with nine men in a 4-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Sir Alex Ferguson's United blew Chelsea away at Old Trafford thanks to three goals in the first half from Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney.

Fernando Torres reduced the deficit soon after half-time with only his second goal for Chelsea, while Rooney wasted a second-half penalty.

United's victory equalled a club record of 18 consecutive home wins and moved them two points clear of second-placed City at the top and five ahead of third-placed Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero put City 2-0 up at Craven Cottage but the Londoners battled to a point thanks to second-half goals from Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy.

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham routed Liverpool, who had Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off. Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor (2) were on target for Spurs.


- Barcelona staged an eight-goal masterclass against Osasuna, while 10-man Real Madrid crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Levante.

Valencia, with three wins in three, are top with nine points after a 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon, with Real Betis, who beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2, also on nine points but in second place on goal difference.

Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona responded emphatically to questions over their motivation by demolishing Osasuna.

David Villa (2), Cesc Fabregas and Xavi were also on target, while the unfortunate Roversio scored an own goal, as the Spanish and European champions rebounded from two successive draws.

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid are in fourth spot, three points behind Valencia and one back from Barcelona after Arouna Kone grabbed the only goal in the 68th minute to give Levante a shock win.


- A hat-trick from Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani gave Napoli a 3-1 comeback win over defending champions AC Milan and top spot in Serie A.

Napoli have a perfect six points from two matches and lead the way on goal difference from Juventus, Udinese and Cagliari, while Milan, with just a point from two games, are fourth from bottom.

Juventus also maintained their perfect start with a 1-0 win at Siena, with Alessandro Matri getting the game's only goal nine minutes into the second half.

Udinese made it two wins from two as they got the better of Fiorentina in a 2-0 win, while Cagliari enjoyed a 2-0 win over promoted Novara.

Troubled giants Inter Milan and Roma settled for a goalless draw at the San Siro.


- Bayern Munich's 2-0 win at Schalke fired the Bavarian giants back to the top of the German league, but champions Borussia Dortmund suffered a second straight defeat as they lost 2-1 at Hanover.

Bayern are two points clear after six games and have now gone eight games without conceding a goal, thanks mainly to ex-Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who remains unbeaten for 748 minutes.

Nils Petersen and Thomas Mueller were Bayern's scorers.

Dortmund were floored by two late goals in two minutes, with Ivory Coast striker Didier Ya Konan netting the winner to give Hanover victory.

Werder Bremen are second in the table after a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg.


- Eleven points separate Lyon and Marseille after OL defeated their title rivals 2-0 on Sunday to go top of Ligue 1 and consign Didier Deschamps' hapless side to the bottom of the table.

Remi Garde's rejuvenated team now lead the standings by a point from Montpellier and Toulouse, but Marseille -- second last season and champions in 2010 -- are still without a win after six games.

Bafetimbi Gomis and Michel Bastos were Lyon's scorers.

Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain rallied from two goals down to record a 2-2 draw at promoted Evian.


- Luuk de Jong scored a second-half brace as 2010 champions Twente crushed Den Haag 5-2 to go top in Holland on goal difference from AZ Alkmaar, who won 2-1 at RKC Waalwijk.

Champions Ajax are a point further back after drawing 2-2 at PSV Eindhoven, while Feyenoord are in fourth spot after a 4-0 home win over De Graafschap.

Dmitri Bulykin rescued a point for Ajax, cancelling out Georgino Wijnaldum's second-half penalty after Tim Matavz's second-minute opener for PSV had been matched by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.


- Champions Porto dropped their first points of the season in a 0-0 draw at Feirense. They still lead the table, but only on goal difference from Benfica, who romped 4-1 past Academica Coimbra.

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