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Villa score brings surprise victory

AFP, LONDON

Paris Saint-Germain defender Zoumana Camara, right, scores during their game against Stade Rennais at the Route de Lorient Stadium in Rennes, France, on Saturday.

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Liverpool crashed to a surprise 1-0 loss at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, after Chelsea beat Swansea City 4-2 to move clear at the Premier League summit.

Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal at Anfield in the ninth minute, hooking home from close range after Philippe Senderos’ header was blocked by Javier Manquillo.

After debutant Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli shot wide, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sent Raheem Sterling on, but the closest the hosts came to equalizing was a shot from Philippe Coutinho that hit the post.

“I think the players gave everything today,” Rodgers said. “We just couldn’t find that quality in the final third of the field and Aston Villa defended well.”

Villa climbed to second, two points behind Chelsea, who came from behind to beat Swansea at Stamford Bridge thanks to a hat-trick by Diego Costa.

A John Terry own-goal from a left-wing cross by Neil Taylor gave previously unbeaten Swansea an 11th-minute lead, but Costa equalized on the stroke of halftime with a header from a right-wing corner.

He struck twice in 11 minutes to put Chelsea in control, polishing off a Cesc Fabregas cut-back and a mishit Ramires shot, and Loic Remy made it 4-1 with a debut goal before Jonjo Shelvey replied for Swansea.

Brazil-born Spain international Costa now has seven goals to his name and is the first player to score in his first four Premier League games since Coventry City’s Micky Quinn in 1992.

“Diego Costa is one of the best strikers we have at this moment in football,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. “The team is an attacking team that creates a lot and creates spaces for a striker. It could have been five or six.”

Earlier, Martin Demichelis scored an 83rd-minute equalizer as Manchester City held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining encounter at the Emirates Stadium.

Everton claimed their first win of the season with a 2-0 success at West Bromwich Albion.

An 82nd-minute own-goal by Harry Kane saw Tottenham Hotspur held to a 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

Italian striker Graziano Pelle scored twice as Southampton sent Newcastle United to the foot of the table with a 4-0 win at St Mary’s.

Leicester City secured their first victory since gaining promotion, winning 1-0 at Stoke City.

Burnley and Crystal Palace drew 0-0.

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AFP, BERLIN

Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery scored in his first game this season as the champions moved joint top on Saturday, while Shinji Kagawa also enjoyed a goalscoring return as Borussia Dortmund saw off SC Freiburg.

Mario Goetze put Bayern ahead, before Ribery came off the bench to seal a routine 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern are now equal on seven points with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who lead on goal-difference after three games.

Die Roten broke the stalemate on 27 minutes when Goetze drove a shot through a crowd of players after a free-kick was partially cleared.

Ribery came on midway through the second half. The French midfielder secured the three points when he slotted under Sven Ullreich with five minutes left.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola reserved special praise for new signing Xabi Alonso, who touched the ball 150 times and covered more ground than any other home player.

Kagawa made a dream start to his second spell at Borussia Dortmund after getting on the scoresheet in their 3-1 win over Freiburg at Signal-Iduna-Park.

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