Chelsea takes Premier League lead; Chandler hurt

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea took over the Premier League lead, beating Newcastle 3-0 on Saturday behind Eden Hazard's first hat trick in England.

The Blues (17-3-5) moved one point ahead of Arsenal (17-4-4), which lost 5-1 at Liverpool, and two in front of Manchester City (17-5-3), which dropped to third with a 0-0 tie at Norwich.

Coming off an excellent performance in Chelsea's upset win at City on Monday, Hazard scored in the 27th and 34th minutes at Stamford Bridge and then converted a penalty kick in the 63rd after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa brought down Samuel Eto'o off the ball.

Liverpool (15-5-5), which is fourth, built a quick 4-0 lead at Anfield when Martin Skrtel scored in the first and 10th minutes, Raheem Sterling found the net in the 17th and Daniel Sturridge got a goal in the 20th. Sterling scored his second goal in the 52nd, and Mikel Arterta converted a penalty kick for the Gunners in the 69th after Steven Gerrard fouled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal, which hadn't lost at Anfield since 2007, had been unbeaten in eight league games. The Gunners host Liverpool next weekend in the fifth round of the FA Cup.


BERLIN (AP) — American defender Timothy Chandler injured his left knee and left after 10 minutes in Nuremberg's 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich.

Nuremberg said the right back will need surgery to repair a torn meniscus and likely will be sidelined eight-to-10 weeks. Another American right back, Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo, has been limited to one start and one substitute appearance this season following left knee surgery in August.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 18th minute and Philipp Lahm added a goal in the 49th for Bayern (18-0-2), which extended its record league unbeaten streak to 45 games and restored a 13-point lead over second-place Bayer Leverkusen (14-5-1).


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez each scored and set up goals for Karim Benzema to lead Real Madrid over Villarreal 4-2 and into first place in the Spanish league on goal difference over Atletico Madrid, which lost 2-0 at Almeria.

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