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Monday, October 01, 2012

Leader of the pack

LONDON - Chelsea remained on top of the Premier League as Juan Mata inspired them to a 2-1 win over London rivals Arsenal on Saturday. Roberto di Matteo's side are three points clear of second-placed Everton, who maintained their promising form with a 3-1 home win over Southampton. Unsurprisingly, Chelsea captain John Terry endured taunts from Arsenal fans after this week's Football Association verdict he was guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match last October. But Terry had the last laugh as visitors Chelsea, unbeaten in the league this season, handed the Gunners their first league defeat of the campaign.

Ba double

READING, England - Newcastle snatched a controversial 2-2 draw at Reading on Saturday as Senegal striker Demba Ba appeared to knock in the late equaliser with his hand. Alan Pardew's side were heading for a defeat with seven minutes left at the Madejski Stadium, but Ba rose to meet Shane Fergson's cross and deflected the ball into the net off his hand after missing with his attempted header. It was Ba's second goal of the game after he had earlier produced a stunning strike to cancel out Jimmy Kebe's second half opener. Noel Hunt had restored Reading's lead, but Brian McDermott's side were denied their first Premier League win of the season thanks to Ba's late intervention.

Super sub

LONDON - Edin Dzeko proved a super-sub by snatching a win at the death for reigning Premier League champions Manchester City as they edged Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The Bosnian striker had been on the pitch for less than two minutes when a terrible clearing header from John Arne Riise fell straight to him and Dzeko lashed home to end Fulham's run of four successive home victories.

Suarez treble

NORWICH, United Kingdom - Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Liverpool tasted victory in the Premier League for the first time under manager Brendan Rodgers with a 5-2 win at Norwich on Saturday.


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