United, Chelsea lose; Liverpool climbs to 2nd

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013

LONDON (AP) — The most unpredictable Premier League season in years provided more surprises Saturday when Chelsea gave up a 90th-minute winner at Stoke and beleaguered defending champion Manchester United lost to Newcastle for its second home defeat in four days.

With Manchester City held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton, Liverpool was able to capitalize. It routed West Ham 4-1 to go to second place, with Luis Suarez following his spectacular four-goal game by scoring again at Anfield.

Arsenal kept its four-point lead going into Sunday's game against Everton. Chelsea's 3-2 loss at Stoke, sealed by Oussama Assaidi's late strike, saw Jose Mourinho's club drop to third place on goal difference behind Liverpool.

United's flimsy hopes of retaining the title took another step back with a 1-0 loss to Newcastle at Old Trafford. The champions are in ninth place — 12 points behind Arsenal — and manager David Moyes is under increasing scrutiny in his first season as Alex Ferguson's successor.

Also, Sunderland stayed bottom after squandering a lead to lose 2-1 at home to sixth-place Tottenham, Crystal Palace beat Cardiff 2-0 for a third win in four matches and Norwich won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion.

There was a minute's applause before each Premier League game in honor of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Midfielder Arda Turan scored twice to help Atletico Madrid start its defense of the Copa del Rey title by easing to a 4-0 win at third-division Sant Andreu on Saturday.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone left strike duo Diego Costa and David Villa on the bench for the first hour of the match, opting for a starting 11 with just four regular starters and featuring youngsters Oliver Torres and Javier Manquillo. It was still more than enough to overpower Sant Andreu.

Getafe drew 1-1 at second-division Girona thanks to Ciprian Marica's bicycle kick. Later, Real Madrid and Levante visit lower-division opponents, while Athletic Bilbao plays at fellow topflight side Celta Vigo.

The return legs of the round of 32 will be played in two weeks.


ROME (AP) — Mario Balotelli scored twice and also hit the crossbar but AC Milan still had to scramble for a 2-2 draw at promoted Livorno in the Serie A on Saturday.

Balotelli put Milan ahead seven minutes in after redirecting a cross from Kaka then scored the equalizer in the 82nd with a free kick over a Livorno wall. The striker nearly produced a winner in the 89th but his long-distance effort banged off the underside of the crossbar and bounced in front of the goal.

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