Chelsea, Manchester City Stay Unbeaten in Premier League
Chelsea and Manchester City easily won at home, leaving them as the only unbeaten teams in English soccer’s Premier League.
Chelsea defeated Norwich 4-1 to increase its lead at the top of the standings, and defending champion Manchester City handed Sunderland its first loss, 3-0.
“We played some fantastic football, created a lot of chances and maybe could have scored a couple more,” Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said on the club’s website. “We can only try and continue this momentum and form.”
Arsenal won 3-1 at West Ham, West Brom held on to defeat last-place Queens Park Rangers 3-2, Swansea rallied for a 2-2 tie with Reading, and Everton came from behind to draw 2-2 at Wigan.
Frank Lampard put Chelsea in front in the 22nd minute with a shot from the edge of the penalty area, and Eden Hazard made it 3-1 nine minutes later. Branislav Ivanovic then clinched the victory with a goal in the 76th minute.
Chelsea has won six of its seven league games for 19 points. Manchester City is four points back after its fourth win moved it above Everton into second place.
Kolarov put City in front with a fifth-minute free kick. Aguero doubled the lead in the 60th minute and Milner closed the scoring with another free kick in the 89th minute.
Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla scored second-half goals to lift Arsenal past West Ham.
Mohammed Diame gave West Ham the lead in the 21st minute, before Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scored his first league goal just before halftime. Walcott put the Gunners in front in the 77th minute after getting behind the defense and Cazorla clinched the win six minutes later with a shot from about 25 yards out.
James Morrison, Zoltan Gera and Youssuf Mulumbu scored as West Brom made it four wins in four home league matches and moved up to tie Everton for third place with 14 points.
Adel Taarabt and Esteban Granero scored for QPR, which is winless in 17 away matches and sits last in the standings with two points.
Swansea scored twice in the final 19 minutes to end a three-match losing run and deny Reading its first victory.
First-half goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt gave the Royals the lead in Wales. Miguel Michu then scored in the 71st minute for Swansea and Wayne Routledge added the second goal seven minutes later.
Leighton Baines scored with a penalty kick in the 87th minute as Everton drew at Wigan. Nikica Jelavic also scored for the Toffees, while Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo got the Wigan goals.
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