Arsenal beats Southampton 2-0 in Premier League

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — Arsenal extended its Premier League lead to four points with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Saturday while Liverpool was held to a 3-3 draw at Everton.

Arsenal bounced back from a defeat to defending champion Manchester United with a dominant display, capped by two goals from Olivier Giroud. The first came after Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc bizarrely lost the ball to the France striker in the box.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge salvaged a draw for Liverpool. Chelsea reasserted its title credentials with a 3-0 win at West Ham.

Arsenal leads Liverpool and Chelsea by four points after 12 games. Liverpool is second on goals scored.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas made penalty kicks to help injury-battered Barcelona to a 4-0 win at home over 10-man Granada in the Spanish league. Carlos Vela scored four times to rally Real Sociedad from a two-goal deficit for a 4-3 victory against 10-man Celta Vigo.

Injured Lionel Messi watched from the sidelines at Camp Nou as Iniesta and Fabregas took turns drawing fouls from Granada's overly aggressive defenders.

Iniesta scored Barcelona's first goal in the 20th minute and Fabregas made it 2-0 in the 40th. Granada played a man down from the 66th after Manuel Iturra received his second booking. Alexis Sanchez scored five minutes later, and Pedro Rodriguez capped Barcelona's victory in the 90th.

Not to be outdone, Atletico Madrid demolished 10-man Getafe 7-0, with Diego Costa returning from injury to convert a brilliant bicycle kick for a goal.

"It was an almost perfect night," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

Barcelona leads Atletico by three points with Madrid trailing the defending champions by six points.

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MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Bundesliga, with Mario Goetze coming off the bench to score against his childhood club and Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller adding late goals.

Bayern kept its four-point lead but Dortmund dropped to third. It trails Bayer Leverkusen, which won 1-0 at Hertha Berlin.