Alonso gives champion Chelsea 1-0 win over Southampton

LONDON — Marcos Alonso’s pinpoint free-kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. The Spanish full-back curled a stunning 30-yard (meter) effort past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the net in first-half stoppage time. The champions could have added to their tally but Pedro Rodriguez hit a post and…

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Arsenal, Chelsea both win 1-0; Benteke ends goal drought

LONDON — With their title hopes relying on a Manchester City implosion, Arsenal and Chelsea are focused on a new objective of securing a top-four place. Arsenal edged past Newcastle 1-0 to end a three-game winless run in the Premier League after a fine strike by Mesut Ozil from the edge of the penalty area.…

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City beats United 2-1 in Manchester derby, leads EPL by 11

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City capitalized on two defensive lapses by Romelu Lukaku to claim a record-setting 2-1 win over Manchester United and open up an 11-point lead over its fierce rival in the Premier League on Sunday. Both of Lukaku’s mistakes came in United’s penalty area while the forward was defending set pieces, with…

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Winless Cologne wastes 3-goal lead to lose 4-3 to Freiburg

BERLIN — Nils Petersen scored two late penalties — one in the 90th minute and another in injury time — as Freiburg came from three goals down to beat Cologne 4-3 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. “We were patient to the end. Football writes such stories,” Petersen said. “It’s bitter for Cologne. I’m sorry for…

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Late own goal gives Leicester thrilling 3-2 win at Newcastle

NEWCASTLE, England — Leicester snatched a thriller with Newcastle by 3-2 and a third consecutive English Premier League win on Saturday. Ayoze Perez’s own goal four minutes from the end ensured there were contrasting emotions at St. James’ Park, as Newcastle’s run without a win was extended to seven games. Joselu gave the home side…

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Swansea off bottom of EPL after beating West Brom 1-0

SWANSEA, Wales — Swansea rose off the bottom of the English Premier League and eased the pressure on coach Paul Clement by beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Saturday. The Swansea boss said before West Brom’s visit that his future did not rest on the outcome of this game. But Clement’s joy on the touchline…

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Benteke misses penalty as Palace draws with Bournemouth

LONDON — Christian Benteke missed a late penalty to leave Crystal Palace frustrated after drawing with Bournemouth 2-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday. Benteke wrestled the ball off regular penalty-taker Luka Milivojevic – who already converted a first-half spot kick – only to see his tentative injury-time effort saved by Asmir Begovic. His…

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