Everton Beats Blackburn With Late Penalty in Premier League

A Mikel Arteta penalty kick in stoppage time gave Everton a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers, which missed two spot kicks, in English soccer’s Premier League.

Chelsea and Liverpool both won 3-1 to tie Wolverhampton, which drew 0-0 at Aston Villa, with seven points atop the standings. Wigan defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-0 for its first win, while Swansea and Sunderland finished scoreless.

Arteta converted after Christopher Samba fouled Marouane Fellaini at Blackburn’s Ewood Park. Junior Hoilett and Mauro Formica missed penalties in the second half for the home side.

Blackburn’s first penalty came two minutes into the second half after Ross Barkley tripped Formica. Hoilett, however, was stopped by diving Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Blackburn’s David Goodwillie hit the crossbar in the 74th minute. Rovers was awarded a second penalty nine minutes later and Formica hit the post.

Everton’s winner came in the second of three added minutes when Arteta sent his kick into the bottom corner of the net.

Frank Lampard and new signing Juan Mata scored in the final eight minutes to give Chelsea a home win over promoted Norwich.

Jose Bosingwa put the Blues in front after six minutes before Grant Holt drew Norwich even in the second half. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was sent off in the 82nd minute for taking down Ramires in the area and Lampard scored from the penalty.

Mata, who joined Chelsea this week from Valencia, clinched the victory with a stoppage-time goal.

Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam had the goals in Liverpool’s home win over Bolton.

Henderseon opened the scoring in the 15th minute before goals from Skrtel and Adam a minute apart early in the second half. Ivan Klasnic scored for Bolton in stoppage time.

Villa Challenge

Wolverhampton held off an Aston Villa challenge to keep its unbeaten start. Villa had a 14-4 shot advantage but failed to beat Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Franco Di Santo scored in each half as Wigan beat newly promoted QPR at home for its first win. Promoted Swansea is still seeking its first victory following a draw with Sunderland, which is also winless.

Manchester United hosts Arsenal, Manchester City visits Tottenham, Fulham is at Newcastle and West Brom hosts Stoke in tomorrow’s games.

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