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Liverpool wins at Chelsea, Redknapp's Spurs win

Liverpool wins at Chelsea, Redknapp's Spurs win

Liverpool wiped out Chelsea's 86-game unbeaten record at home and Tottenham won its first game of the Premier League season within hours of Harry Redknapp replacing Juande Ramos on Sunday.
Xabi Alonso's goal after 10 minutes clinched Liverpool's 1-0 victory and Chelsea's first loss at Stamford Bridge for more than four years.
Liverpool leads Chelsea and Hull by three points in the league, but there was as much attention on bottom-place Tottenham, which fired Ramos on Saturday night after the winless team's worst start to a season.
Spurs strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent scored in each half to secure a 2-0 victory over 10-man Bolton that will impress Redknapp, who immediately took charge of the team after leaving Portsmouth.
Robinho scored a hat trick for Manchester City in a 3-0 win over Stoke and Aston Villa demolished Wigan 4-0. Later Sunday Arsenal played West Ham and managerless Portsmouth hosted Fulham.
Chelsea rarely looked capable of denying Liverpool a confidence-boosting victory that bolsters hopes that manager Rafa Benitez can end Liverpool's 19-year wait for its 19th league title in May.
Alonso clinched Liverpool's first win at Chelsea since January 2004 with a shot that was deflected into the net by Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech had been diving to his right to block Alonso's shot until Bosingwa diverted the ball away from Cech and into the net.
"Top of the league, psychologically that should give us a big lift," Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said. "(Four years is) a great record. Obviously it couldn't go on forever.
Chelsea hadn't been beaten at home since Arsenal's triumph in February 2004 over Claudio Ranieri's side _ a record that remained intact under Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant.
"The result was not expected, but we have to understand that Liverpool is a very good team and they didn't play better than us but shot one ball better than us and won," Scolari said. "They play eight players defensively and give no space to work the ball."
White Hart Lane was immediately buoyed by Redknapp's arrival, despite the first win of the campaign still leaving Spurs propping up the table with five points.
Pavlyuchenko met David Bentley's cross with a glancing header in the 17th to put Spurs ahead for the first time this season.
Gavin McCann, who was booked for fouling Bentley before halftime, was shown his second yellow card in the 57th for tripping Tom Huddlestone.


Updated : 2021-05-09 01:49 GMT+08:00