Man U beats Bolton to go to top of Premier League
LONDON – Manchester United beat Bolton 2-1 to return to the top of the Premier League on Saturday after Chelsea tossed away the lead and lost 2-1 at Aston Villa.
Liverpool lost 1-0 at Sunderland on a freak fifth-minute goal by Darren Bent, whose shot deflected off a fan’s beach ball that drifted onto the field. It was Liverpool’s fourth defeat in nine games.
A fifth-minute own-goal by Bolton defender Old Trafford to make it difficult for the Red Devils in the last 10 minutes.and Antonio Valencia’s first United goal put the defending champions on their way to a seventh victory. Matthew Taylor replied late for Wanderers at
Aston Villa rallied past Chelsea on headed goals from Richard Dunne and James Collins. After Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel blundered to let in a 30-yard shot from Didier Drogba in the 15th minute, Dunne tied it with a diving header in the 32nd and Collins scored his first goal in four years in the 52nd.
United has 22 points from nine games. Chelsea, in first place entering Saturday, has 21 points after nine games. This was Chelsea’s second straight road loss in the league after a 3-1 defeat at Wigan three weeks ago.
Tottenham won 2-1 at last-place Portsmouth and is third with 19 points. Fourth-place Arsenal has 18 points from eight games after beating Birmingham 3-1. Villa has 16 points from eight games.
MILAN, Italy (AP) — Inter Milan won 5-0 at Genoa to open a three-point lead at the top of the Italian league.
Esteban Cambiasso, Mario Balotelli and Dejan Stankovic scored in the first half, with Patrick Viera and Maicon padding the lead in the second.
Inter has 19 points, followed by Sampdoria with 16, though Sampdoria plays Lazio on Sunday. Juventus and Fiorentina have 15 points each, though Juventus has a better . Genoa remains in fifth with 13.
Juventus tied Fiorentina 1-1. Brazil’s Amauri scored for Juventus in the 19th minute, 13 minutes after Juan Vargas scored for Fiorentina.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) —remained in first place in the Bundesliga after a lackluster scoreless draw at second-place Hamburg.
The result left both teams on 21 points from nine games, with Leverkusen one goal ahead of Hamburg.
Bayern Munich struggled before winning 2-1 at Freiburg in the Bundesliga to snap a three-game winless streak.
PARIS (AP) — Lyon lost 2-0 to Sochaux for its first defeat this season but stayed in first place in the French league.
Promoted Montpellier beat 10-man Saint-Etienne 2-1 to join Lyon at 20 points. Defending champion Bordeaux lost 1-0 to Auxerre to drop to third with 19 points.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Sasa Papac scored in the 83rd minute, sending the unbeaten Rangers to a 2-1 victory at St. Johnstone and into first place in the.
Celtic slipped to second place, a point behind, after a 0-0 draw at home to Motherwell.
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