Mon, Nov 05, 2007 - Page 20 News List

Christmas crucial to title chances: Wenger

AFP , LONDON

Everton scored twice in stoppage time to clinch a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.

David Moyes's side took the lead through Yakubu's 10th minute strike before Birmingham levelled through Olivier Kapo's 80th minute goal. But Lee Carsley and then James Vaughan scored in the dying minutes.

Aston Villa left struggling Derby County rooted to the bottom of the table as second half goals from Martin Laursen and Ashley Young sealed a 2-0 victory.

Derby have only won one of their first 12 Premier League matches and already look destined for a quick return to the Championship.

Danish defender Laursen broke the deadlock at Villa Park in the 57th minute and Young put the result beyond doubt four minutes later.

Clint Dempsey gave Fulham their first league success in 10 matches as the American's second half strike sealed a 3-1 win against Reading.

Under-pressure Cottagers manager Lawrie Sanchez desperately needed a victory after a woeful run and his side got off to the perfect start when Simon Davies opened the scoring in the 18th minute.

Kevin Doyle equalized for Reading in the 54th minute but Dempsey struck and then David Healy added a third.

In local soccer, the Taipei Animals won the Kaohsiung Fall Cup on penalties yesterday after the final remained scoreless through normal and extra-time. Mark Ersek scored the winning penalty for the Animals.

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