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Mata inspires Blues, Rooney fires United

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LONDON – Juan Mata’s double helped leaders Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a captivating London football derby on Saturday and Wayne Rooney and Edin Dzeko both struck twice to keep Manchester United and Manchester City in hot pursuit.

Spaniard Mata crushed former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’s hopes of Premier League victory against the club that sacked him in March with a scintillating display at White Hart Lane, scoring twice in three minutes after the break to end a stirring Tottenham revival.

Rooney marked the 10th anniversary of his wonder-goal for Everton against Arsenal as a 16-year-old with an eventful afternoon at Old Trafford.

His own goal gave Stoke City a shock early lead, but he made amends at the right end as a rampant United ran out 4-2 winners.

Unbeaten Chelsea have 22 points from eight games, four more than United and champions Manchester City, who looked in deep trouble when they trailed 1-0 to Shane Long’s goal at West Bromwich Albion, having also had winger James Milner sent off.

Bosnian Dzeko then came off the bench to win it for Roberto Mancini’s side – his second goal arriving in stoppage time.
Arsenal missed a chance to move into fourth place when they suffered their first defeat at Norwich City since 1984 – Grant Holt’s goal sealing the first league win of the season for Chris Hughton’s team.

Liverpool beat Reading 1-0, their first home league win of the season sealed by Raheem Sterling.
West Ham United thumped Southampton 4-1, Swansea City defeated Wigan Athletic 2-1 while Fulham also enjoyed a home victory, 1-0 against struggling Aston Villa.

The build-up to Chelsea’s trip to Spurs was focused on skipper John Terry’s four-game FA ban for racially insulting Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, but it was his replacement Gary Cahill who set the ball rolling for his side. -Supersport

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