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LONDON — Olivier Giroud’s header earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Newcastle as Arsenal overtook Manchester City to regain top spot in the English Premier League football yesterday while Chelsea moved to third with a 2-1 win over Liverpool.

At St James’ Park, the Gunners created several chances early on but Giroud nodded in Theo Walcott’s free-kick.

At Stamford Bridge, goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o were enough to secure a 2-1 win for Chelsea over Liverpool.

The win sees Chelsea move into third, two points behind leaders Arsenal, while Liverpool drop down to fifth.

Liverpool took the lead with just three minutes gone through Martin Skrtel, after Luis Suarez’s header was deflected into the path of Skrtel, who finished into an empty net.

Hazard brought the Blues level in the 17th minute with a curling effort from the edge of area, after Oscar’s pass had deflected into the Belgian’s path.

Eto’o gave Chelsea the lead in the 34th minute after poking home from close range, following a cross from Oscar.

Peter Cech was called into action in the 41st minute to deny Joe Allen, after Ashley Cole failed to deal with Raheem Sterling’s cross.

Mamadou Sakho came close to bringing the visitors level in the 51st minute, but his header was only kept out by the upright, after a cross from Jordan Henderson.
Eto’o squandered a great opportunity to increase Chelsea’s advantage, after he was left one on one with Mignolet but this time the Liverpool shot stopper did well to deny the Cameroonian from close range.

Luis Suarez had been quiet for most of the game but in the 57th minute the Uruguayan’s volley from edge of the area was easily dealt with by Cech.

Oscar had an effort at goal in the 69th minute, after dispossessing Lucas Leiva on the edge of the area, the Brazilian saw his low strike go narrowly wide.

Glen Johnson tried his luck at goal in the 73rd minute, but Cech did well to parry the defender’s left-footed effort away for a corner.

Fernando Torres almost scored against his former side just after coming on, as he danced past Skrtel and Sakho, but failed to beat Mignolet from close range.
Everton moved into the Premier League’s top four after Romelu Lukaku’s first goal in six games sealed victory over Southampton.

Seamus Coleman gave Everton the lead with a fine strike into the top corner. Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez levelled with a shot from range that Everton keeper Joel Robles misjudged.

However, just three minutes later Everton were back in front with Lukaku converting James McCarthy’s incisive pass to seal the victory.
Tottenham moved three points off the top four in the league following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stoke. Spurs scored through Roberto Soldado from a penalty, Moussa Dembele added a second before Aaron Lennon’s angled strike across goal. — Reuters

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