Soccer-Roundup-Liverpool continue to slide, Real on top

Reuters

Sun, 17 Oct 23:29:00 2010

Liverpool, under new owners, failed to turn around their fortunes on the pitch and slipped to a 2-0 Premier League defeat by Everton.

Cristiano Ronaldo found his goalscoring touch as he steered Real Madrid to the top of the La Liga with an inspirational display in a 4-1 win at Malaga.

ENGLAND Liverpool's new American owners watched their side slump to a 2-0 defeat by Everton in the Merseyside derby which relegated the five-times European champions to 19th in the Premier League, their worst start to a season since 1953.

Goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta condemned Liverpool to their fourth defeat in eight matches and only West Ham United are below them in the table.

Champions Chelsea, who drew 0-0 at Aston Villa, top the table by two points from Manchester City who won 3-2 at Blackpool. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur each have 14 points.

SPAIN

Ronaldo helped propel Real Madrid to the top of La Liga by scoring two and setting up two more for Gonzalo Higuain in a 4-1 victory at Malaga.

Unbeaten Real have 17 points from seven games, one ahead of Barcelona who inflicted a first defeat on early pacesetters Valencia with a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp.

After Pablo Hernandez had given the visitors the lead, Xavi inspired the fightback by setting up Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol to score in the second half. Barca are ahead of Valencia on goal difference.

ITALY

Surprise packages Lazio remained top of Serie A after a 2-0 win at Bari while champions Inter Milan prevailed 1-0 at Cagliari where Samuel Eto'o had to endure racist chants before netting with a superb strike.

The game in Sardinia was just three minutes old when the referee suspended play because of the racism from the home stands but the game soon got underway again without any further problems.

AC Milan are level with Inter in second after Alexandre Pato scored twice, set up both times by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in a 3-1 win over Chievo where Robinho also bagged his first Rossoneri goal.

Juventus continued their pickup in form with a 4-0 thrashing of Lecce with Alessandro Del Piero netting to equal Giampiero Boniperti's Juve record of 178 Serie A goals.

GERMANY

Mainz lost their 100 percent record and the lead in the Bundesliga when they lost 1-0 at home to Hamburg SV with Peru striker Paolo Guerrero scoring the winner in the 89th minute.

Mainz, who had won their first seven games, dropped into second place on goal difference behind Borussia Dortmund, who won 2-1 at Cologne with a stoppage-time winner from Nuri Sahin.

Mario Gomez scored a hat-trick to help injury-plagued champions Bayern Munich beat Hanover 96 3-0 to leave them 10th with 11 points.

FRANCE

Stade Rennes were held goalless at strugglers Racing Lens but extended their Ligue 1 lead over St Etienne to two points, while Olympique Lyon revived their campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over Lille.

Rennes have 19 points from nine games. Second-placed St Etienne lost 2-1 at Nice after having Gonzalo Bergessio sent off in the 22nd minute.

Paris St Germain are third, four points off the pace, thanks to a 2-0 win at Toulouse. Champions Olympique Marseille are fourth, level on points with PSG, following a 1-0 win over Nancy.

NETHERLANDS

PSV Eindhoven cruised to a 4-2 win at Willem II Tilburg to stay on top of the Dutch league with 21 points after nine matches, ahead of Ajax Amsterdam and Twente Enschede.

Ajax registered a comfortable 3-0 home win over NAC Breda, while substitute Denny Landzaat earned Twente a 1-0 win at Feyenoord.

GREECE

Olympiakos Pireaus and Panathinaikos continued to set the pace at the top of the Greek Super League.

Leaders Olympiakos claimed all three points in a 3-0 win at Xanthi to stay one point ahead of champions Panathinaikos.

Panathinaikos overcame PAOK Salonika thanks to a spectacular long range strike from Loukas Vyntra in the 20th minute.

 

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