Ashley Cole scores in 85th minute to lead Chelsea

Associated Press Modified: September 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm •  Published: September 22, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Ashley Cole scored in the 85th minute for his first goal in two years Saturday, sending Premier League leader Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Stoke.

Cole lifted the ball over Asmir Begovic at Stamford Bridge to give Chelsea a three-point lead in the standings over Everton and West Bromwich Albion. Everton won 3-0 at Swansea, and West Brom beat Reading 1-0.

Southampton climbed out of last place by rallying past Aston Villa 4-1 for its first points of the season. Ricki Lambert scored twice to beat U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Fulham won 2-1 at Wigan, and West Ham drew 1-1 with Sunderland.

On Sunday, Manchester United visits Liverpool and champion Manchester City hosts Arsenal.

American forward Robbie Findley started and played until the 50th minute in his debut for fourth-tier Gillingham, which won 2-0 at Port Vale. Findley, a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, was obtained Friday from second-tier Nottingham Forest on a one-month loan.


BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's 31-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga ended with a 3-2 loss to Hamburger SV.

Son Heung-Min scored twice and Rafael van der Vaart provided two assists to deal Dortmund its first league loss in over a year and preserve Hamburg's record of 36 games unbeaten set in January 1983.

"Not a lot pleased me today," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.

Bayern Munich maintained its winning run with Thomas Muller scoring and setting up Toni Kroos for a 2-0 win at Schalke.

Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Greuther Fuerth, Mainz beat Augsburg 2-0 thanks to first-half strikes from Andreas Ivanschitz and Adam Szalai, and Freiburg drew 0-0 at Fortuna Duesseldorf, the only club yet to concede a goal.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Xavi Hernandez scored 3 minutes from time to seal Barcelona's 2-0 home win over Granada, keeping the Spanish leaders perfect through five rounds.

Barcelona opened a provisional 11-point gap over defending champion Real Madrid, which faces a Spanish-capital derby at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

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