Saturday, 25 August 2012

Chelsea win Newcastle 2-0

Chelsea who are
setting the early pace
as the European
champions cemented
their position on top of
the table with a 2-0
win against Newcastle
United at Stamford
Roberto Di Matteo’s
side, who have
recorded three
successive victories,
went ahead in the
22nd minute when
Eden Hazard drilled
home his first Chelsea
goal from the penalty
spot after a Vurnon
Anita foul on Fernando
Spain striker Torres
added the second goal
himself, lashing in from
Hazard’s back-heel just
before half-time.
Everton, often
hampered by slow
starts to the season,
also maintained their
100 percent record
with a 3-1 win over
10-man Aston Villa.
South Africa midfielder
Steven Pienaar gave
David Moyes’ side the
perfect start as he
struck in the third
minute at Villa Park.
Marouane Fellaini
increased the lead with
a 31st-minute header
and Croatia striker
Nikica Jelavic swept
home a Leighton
Baines cross just before
Villa defender Ciaran
Clark earned a straight
red card for a
professional foul on
Jelavic in the second
half and Karim El
Ahmadi’s 74th-minute
goal was little
consolation for the
Andre Villas-Boas was
denied a first win as
Tottenham Hotspur
manager as James
Morrison’s late goal
secured a 1-1 draw for
West Bromwich Albion
at White Hart Lane.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
struck for Tottenham in
the 74th minute with a
deflected shot, but
Steve Clarke’s side
levelled through
Morrison in stoppage
“It is very important to
get that first win but
there are still 36 games
ahead of us,” Villas-
Boas said. “We have
one more point than
we did this time last
Norwich City and QPR,
both thrashed 5-0 last
weekend, shared the
spoils in a 1-1 draw at
Carrow Road.
Chris Hughton’s side
took the lead through
Simeon Jackson’s 11th-
minute header, but
QPR were level within
nine minutes when
Bobby Zamora
converted the rebound
after Djibril Cisse’s
penalty was saved by
John Ruddy.
Wigan Athletic showed
there is life after Victor
Moses as the Latics
won 2-0 at
With Nigeria forward
Moses having joined
Chelsea on Friday,
Wigan coach Roberto
Martinez needed his
other forwards to step
up and Franco Di Santo
rose to the challenge
as the Argentine
hammered a powerful
shot into the roof of
the net in the 51st
Arouna Kone
completed Wigan’s
victory with a fine solo
effort in the 89th
Sunderland’s match
against Reading was
postponed less than 90
minutes before kick-off
due to a waterlogged
pitch at the Stadium of
On Sunday, Arsenal
travel to Stoke City and
champions Manchester
City take on Liverpool
at Anfield.

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