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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 Sunday, and Tottenham won its first game of the Premier League season within hours of Harry Redknapp replacing Juande Ramos as manager.
Xabi Alonso's 10th-minute goal 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 last-place Tottenham, which fired Ramos on Saturday night after the team's worst start to a season.
Spurs strikers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent scored to secure a 2-0 win over 10-man Bolton as Redknapp immediately took charge of the team after leaving Portsmouth, which was held 1-1 by Fulham.
Arsenal is five points behind Liverpool after beating West Ham 2-0. Robinho scored a hat trick for Manchester City in a 3-0 win over Stoke, and Aston Villa demolished Wigan 4-0.
Chelsea rarely looked capable of denying Liverpool a confidence-boosting win as manager Rafa Benitez seeks to end Liverpool's 19-year wait for its 19th league title.
The Reds' first win at Chelsea since January 2004 came thanks to Alonso's shot that was deflected in by Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa. Goalkeeper Petr Cech dived to his right to block the shot but the ball was diverted the other away 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 won in February 2004 over Claudio Ranieri's side _ a record that remained intact under subsequent managers 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 last in the standings 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.
Bent, who replaced Pavlyuchenko, scored from the penalty spot in the 76th after being brought down by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
"I think the appointment is brilliant. Harry has been there before with teams and produced his magic, and I'm very confident he can do it with us," Spurs captain Ledley King said. "The win has been a long time coming but it feels good."
At Upton Park, Arsenal only found a way past West Ham after Emmanuel Adebayor came off the bench in the 67th.
Eight minutes later, the Togo striker's shot appeared to be going wide until West Ham right back Julien Faubert turned the ball past his own goalkeeper.
He nearly made it 2-0 in the 80th, but goalkeeper Robert Green parried the shot and the rebound was sent over the bar.
Adebayor scored in injury time, collecting a superb pass from Nicklas Bendtner and beating Green as he came off his line with a right-footed shot from 18 meters (yards).
"Last year, I overused (Adebayor) and now we go into a period where we play every three days, which is why I want to rotate a little bit," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Robinho showed Scolari what Chelsea missed out on when Man City beat the Blues to sign the Brazil forward in a record British transfer deal.
His first goal came when Elano received Shaun Wright-Phillips' cross and headed down for Ched Evans to pass to Robinho in the 14th.
Daniel Sturridge tormented the defense in the 47th before slipping a pass that Robinho slotted inside the post.
Sturridge was again the provider as the former Real Madrid forward scored his first English football hat trick in the 72nd.
"Robinho is key to what we are trying to do here and maybe in the past he has not had that feeling," City manager Mark Hughes said. "He is responding in a really positive way."
With Fratton Park still reeling from Redknapp's defection, Portsmouth also had no luck on the pitch with Peter Crouch's 61st-minute opener canceled out by Fulham's Clint Dempsey in the 87th.
At Wigan, Villa midfielder Gareth Barry scored the first goal from the penalty spot in the 22nd after Gabriel Agbonlahor had been brought down by Titus Bramble with a lunging tackle.
John Carew nodded Ashley Young's corner down for Agbonlahor to extend the lead in the 57th with the easiest of chances.
Five minutes later, Agbonlahor returned the favor by whipping in a cross that Carew headed in at the far post. Substitute Steve Sidwell curled in an injury-time fourth goal.


Updated : 2021-04-11 21:12 GMT+08:00