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Leaders Liverpool extend perfect start with Chelsea win

Monday, 2019-09-23 07:16:08
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Liverpool - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - September 22, 2019 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in action with Chelsea's Mason Mount. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Leaders Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season as they staved off a second-half fight back from Chelsea to secure a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge that left them five points clear at the summit.

They lead Manchester City by five points with Leicester City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, in third on 11 points. Arsenal and West ham also have 11 points.

* Brazilian skateboarders finished one-two in the female category of the Street League World Championships on Sunday, a result that moved them closer to a place at Tokyo 2020 and confirmed Brazil’s eminence in one of the newest Olympic events.

* Colombian Sebastian Munoz became the second South American in a row to win on the PGA Tour when he beat Korean Im Sung-jae in a playoff at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi on Sunday.

* Neymar struck late again as Paris St Germain beat Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 to strengthen their Ligue 1 lead on Sunday. The Brazil forward, who scored the only goal against Racing Strasbourg last weekend, found the back of the net three minutes from time to put PSG on 15 points from six games, leaving Lyon in ninth place seven points behind.

* England's Danny Willett clinched his seventh European Tour title and first on home soil with a brilliant final round of 67 at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday to secure a three-shot victory over Spain's Jon Rahm. The 31-year-old ended the fourth day with a flourish by sinking birdies in the final two holes to go 20-under for the tournament and finish ahead of his fellow overnight leader Rahm who managed 70.

* Ten-man Arsenal twice battled back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's late effort securing the points in a thriller at the Emirates on Sunday. Unai Emery's side moved into fourth spot with 11 points while Villa are third from bottom with four points.

* France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from a set down to beat Aljaz Bedene 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-3 in the Moselle Open final on Sunday for his fourth title in the tournament. Playing in his fifth title clash in Metz, the 34-year-old fired 19 aces and won 92per cent of points on his first serve as he overcame a wobbly start to seal a second title of the season following his triumph in Montpellier in February.

* US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev continued his superb form in the second half of the season, beating Croatia's Borna Coric 6-3 6-1 in the St Petersburg Open final on Sunday to claim his third title of the year. Medvedev was playing in his fifth consecutive final after Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open and the 23-year-old became the first Russian to claim the St Petersburg Open trophy since Mikhail Youzhny 15 years ago.

* Diogo Jota's last-gasp equaliser earned Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday as their wait for a first Premier League win of the season continued.

* The Netherlands underlined their favourites tag as they claimed gold in the mixed team time trial on the opening day of the UCI Road World Championships in Harrogate on Sunday. The Dutch team dominated over two legs of the undulating 14km circuit, taking gold by 22.75 seconds from Germany. Britain took the bronze ahead of Italy.

* A Fernando Llorente double helped Napoli move into third place in Serie A with a 4-1 win at Lecce on Sunday, while Edin Dzeko scored a last-gasp winner as AS Roma beat Bologna 2-1. Napoli have nine points, one behind Juventus and three off leaders Inter Milan, while Roma are one point behind them and Bologna occupy seventh place on seven points.

* West Ham United beat a toothless Manchester United 2-0 at home on Sunday to move into fourth place in the Premier League as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side ended the game without an established striker after Marcus Rashford came off injured.

* American Danielle Collins overcame former world number one Venus Williams in the opening round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday while defending champion Aryna Sabalenka advanced with ease. Collins, who had defeated compatriot Williams in their only previous meeting in Miami last year, fired 32 winners to grind out a 7-5 7-6(5) victory over the seven-times Grand Slam champion.

* Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova thrashed fourth seed Magda Linette 6-1 6-1 in the Korea Open final on Sunday to claim her maiden WTA title. World number 45 Muchova, who is enjoying the best season of her career having also reached the final in Prague, won 90per cent of points on her first serve and did not face a break point en route to the victory.

* Honda's Marc Marquez celebrated his 200th start and moved within reach of a sixth MotoGP title on Sunday with a commanding win from pole position in front of his home Spanish fans at the Aragon Grand Prix. Reigning champion Marquez now has 300 points and a lead of 98 over nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso, who finished second for Ducati at the circuit near Alcaniz. The points tally means Marquez will wrap up his fourth successive championship with four races to spare if he wins the next race in Thailand on Oct. 6, regardless of where other riders finish.

* Naomi Osaka lifted her first trophy since winning the Australian Open in January, blasting past Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3 in the Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday. Her victory marked a return to the ruthless form that helped world number four Osaka claim last year's US Open crown before her Melbourne success, with the 21-year-old not dropping a set all week in Osaka, Japan.

* Rafael Nadal has pulled out of his Laver Cup matches on Sunday (Sep 22) due to inflammation in his hand, denying fans the opportunity to see him partner Roger Federer in the doubles on the final day of the tournament in Geneva. Team Europe's Nadal was scheduled to take on Team World's Nick Kyrgios in his singles clash before partnering Swiss Federer to face John Isner and Jack Sock.

* Sebastian Vettel took his first win of the 2019 Formula One season at Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, though his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc was aggrieved at losing the lead through what he termed an unfair strategy call. With Leclerc leading the field away from his pole position, and Vettel sitting third behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, the German was the first Ferrari to pit for tyres on lap 20, taking advantage of his fresh rubber to emerge ahead of Leclerc when the Monegasque made his stop the following lap.

* Borussia Dortmund's Michael Delaney turned a Daichi Kamada shot into his own net in the 88th minute to hand hosts Eintracht Frankfurt an unexpected 2-2 draw on Sunday as his team dropped to third place in the Bundesliga. Dortmund, fresh from their midweek 0-0 draw at home to Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, slipped to third place in the standings after having only themselves to blame for the defeat after twice taking the lead.

* A towering header from Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid an impressive 1-0 win at Sevilla to go level on points at the top of La Liga on Sunday, offering the perfect response to their recent humiliating Champions League defeat at Paris St Germain.

* Troubled Valencia’s joy at beating Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek was punctured by a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to basement club Leganes in La Liga on Sunday.

Reuters, Xinhua