No hiccups for Chelsea


Yakum Fitz-Henley

Tuesday, October 23, 2012    

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EPL: Chelsea were smoothly back to winning ways after last week's international break, beating Tottenham 4-2 in a London derby. Chelsea went ahead in the first half and Tottenham struck a quick double blow soon after second-half kick-off before Juan Mata struck a brace and assisted Daniel Sturridge late on to seal Chelsea's six-point lead atop the table.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney scored three goals although one was in the wrong net as Manchester United come from behind to beat Stoke by a similar 4-2 scoreline. Arsenal went down 1-0 to Norwich at Carrow Road while Liverpool garnered their first home win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Reading as Jamaican-born Raheem Sterling became their second youngest scorer ever.

Edin Dzeko came on late, scoring a brace in the last 10 minutes to rescue Manchester City from 1-0 down to West Brom. Swansea's Spaniard Michu meanwhile, continues to bang in the goals for the Swans as they beat Wigan 2-1. West Ham beat Southampton 4-1 in a clash of the newly promoted sides, while Fulham snatched a late 1-0 win versus Aston Villa.

Both of Sunday's matches, Sunderland versus Newcastle and Queen's Park Ranger versus Everton, ended 1-1.

Messi magic, again

La Liga: Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick as Barcelona beat Deportivo 5-4 in a nine goal thriller. Barca were never behind throughout the match despite losing Javier Mascherano in the 49th minute.

Real Madrid's match wasn't quite as sensational as Los Blancos simply did what was necessary in a 2-0 win over newly promoted Celta. Their Madrid rivals Atletico left it late as Columbian goal-machine Radamel Falcao found Real Sociedad's net with a sublime free kick in the 90th minute for the game's only goal.

Valencia scored two goals in the last two minutes of regulation time as they overcame Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in a riveting match at Valencia. Verdu and Leo Baptistao scored contrasting braces as Espanyol scored in stoppage time to beat Vallecano by a similar 3-2 margin.

Malaga and Zaragoza both nicked 2-1 wins over Valladolid and Granada respectively, while Levante clipped Getafe 1-0. Osasuna and Betis ended goalless.

Juve snap Napoli's run

Serie A: In a tense clash of the two unbeaten sides at the top of the table, Juventus came out superior as they scored twice late on to blank Napoli 2-0.

Inter also won 2-0 as they dominated Catania at their Milan home. Rivals AC Milan continued their woeful start to the season as they were defeated 3-2 by a not overly impressive Lazio side. Roma downed Genoa 4-2 as Pablo Osvaldo scored a brace while Parma beat Sampdoria 2-1 as Amauri also netted a brace.

Atalanta also won 2-1 over Siena. Cagliari and Udinese were both 1-0 winners over Bologna and Pescara respectively while Palermo versus Torino ended goalless.

Chievo and Fiorentina scored within 60 seconds of each other in the first half as they drew 1-1.

Brutal Bavarians plunder on

Bundesliga: Franck Ribery was master architect and chief destroyer as Bayern Munich pounded five past Dusseldorf. Thomas Muller scored twice for the Bavarians, however, it was Ribery who deftly orchestrated three of the goals and generally caused havoc for Dusseldorf who never had any sort of foothold in the game.

Werder Bremen also delivered a thrashing this weekend as they trounced Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0. Dortmund were disappointing, however, as they went down 2-1 in the derby against Schalke.

Eintracht Frankfurt dispatched Hannover 3-1 while Freiburg sent Wolfsburg bottom of the league with a 2-0 defeat. Stuttgart surprising clipped Hamburg 1-0 Nuremburg and Augsburg ended goalless.

There were goal-filled deadlocks elsewhere as Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Mainz and Hoffenheim drew 3-3 with Greuther Furth.



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