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Premier League round-up: Chelsea back to top

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Chelsea
Chelsea logo
5 - 0
Sunderland logoSunderland
Alex 27

Nicolas Anelka 30

Nicolas Anelka 45

Frank Lampard 51

Nicolas Anelka 53



Chelsea moved up to the top of Premier League as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Sunderland at a rain-soaked Stamford Bridge.

Defender Alex grabbed the opener in the 27th minute when he tapped in from close range after Joe Cole's shot was denied by Márton Fülöp.

Nicolas Anelka doubled the lead three minutes later, although there was more than a hint of offside about the final touch from Anelka, before he scored again on the stroke of half time to make it 3-0.

Six minutes after the restart, Frank Lampard made it 4-0 with an easy header at the back post to score his 100th league goal.

And Anelka completed his treble when he poked home Florent Malouda's cross on 53 minutes.


Man United
Manchester United logo
4 - 3
Hull City logoHull
Cristiano Ronaldo 3
Daniel Cousin 23
Michael Carrick 29
Bernard Mendy 69
Cristiano Ronaldo 44
Geovanni(pen) 82
Nemanja Vidić 57



Manchester United take third place after defeating Hull in a seven-goal thriller at Old Trafford.

United took an early lead when Cristiano Ronaldo struck after just three minutes.

Hull leveled in the 23rd minute when Daniel Cousin got in front of Patrice Evra to nod home Andy Dawson's free-kick.

But the champions were back in front six minutes later through Michael Carrick before Ronaldo nodded home Nani's corner to make it 3-1.

Nemanja Vidić made it four in the 57th minute as the Serbian defender volleyed home from Wayne Rooney's corner.

Bernard Mendy pulled one back for the visitors as he outjumped Evra, then lifted the ball over Edwin van der Sar which had crossed the line before Vidić cleared it out.

And when Rio Ferdinand hauled back Mendy in the area, Geovanni stepped up to smash home from the penalty spot and set up an edgy finish.


Stoke
Stoke logo
2 - 1
Arsenal logoArsenal
Ricardo Fuller 11
Gaël Clichy 90
Seyi Olofinjana 73



Arsenal were suffered a third loss in 11 matches as Stoke's long-throw expert Rory Delap caused confusion for Arsenal's nervy defense.

Stoke took a 11th-minute lead when Delap's rocket long throw was flicked into the bottom corner by Ricardo Fuller.

And Seyi Olofinjana doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, again courtesy of a Delap missile.

Arsenal's horror afternoon already looked assured when substitute Robin van Persie was shown a straight red card for elbowing goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen, and fellow substitute Theo Walcott was carried off the field with what looked like a nasty injury.

The Gunners got a late consolation from Gaël Clichy as his shot from 18 yards took two deflections before beating the unfortunate Sørensen.


Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur logo
2 - 1
Liverpool logoLiverpool
Jamie Carragher(o.g) 69
Dirk Kuyt 3
Roman Pavlyuchenko 90



Substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko ended Liverpool's unbeaten start as he struck a late winner to hand Tottenham a 2-1 victory over the Reds.

The visitors took an early lead in the third minute through Dirk Kuyt and could have been further ahead if they didn't waste a series of opportunities.

Liverpool were made to pay their woeful finish when Jamie Carragher headed David Bentley's corner kick into his own net on 69 minutes.

And just as most Spurs fans were happily anticipating a draw, Pavlyuchenko flicked in a cross by Darren Bent to give Spurs its first win over the Reds in five years.


Elsewhere in Premier League on Saturday:

Everton
Everton logo
1 - 0
Fulham logo
Fulham
Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough logo
1 - 1
West Ham logo
West Ham
Portsmouth
Portsmouth logo
1 - 2
Wigan Athletic logo
Wigan
West Brom
West Bromwich Albion logo
2 - 2
Blackburn Rovers logo
Blackburn


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