Sissoko stuns Chelsea; Fellaini rescues Everton

Updated 03 February 2013
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Sissoko stuns Chelsea; Fellaini rescues Everton

LONDON: New signing Moussa Sissoko claimed a second half brace to give Newcastle United a 3-2 win at home to Chelsea yesterday that prevented the visitors from making ground on the Premier League’s top two.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba endured a torrid return to St. James’ Park, getting jeered by the fans of his former club and taking a kick to the face from one-time team-mate Fabricio Coloccini before being replaced by Fernando Torres. By then, Newcastle had taken a 41st-minute lead through a Jonas Gutierrez header, but Frank Lampard equalized 10 minutes into the second half with a thumping strike from 25 yards.
A curling effort from Juan Mata gave Chelsea the lead for the first time six minutes later, but Newcastle came back again and drew level when Sissoko finished after Petr Cech saved from Yoan Gouffran.
To Chelsea’s cost, there was more to come from the former Toulouse man, who crashed home a low shot from Santon’s pass in the last minute to give Newcastle consecutive victories for the first time this season.
Defeat left Chelsea six points behind second-place Manchester City and 13 points shy of leaders Manchester United, who could go 10 points clear with victory at Fulham later on Saturday.
Arsenal left it late to beat Stoke City 1-0 and move to within a point of the Champions League places.
Lukas Podolski claimed the game’s only goal in the 78th minute with a low free-kick that deflected off Geoff Cameron to wrong-foot goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
At Goodison Park, Marouane Fellaini netted an injury-time equalizer to earn Everton a 3-3 draw at home to Aston Villa, who once again failed to defend a lead and remain firmly ensconced in the bottom three.
Christian Benteke put the visitors ahead in the second minute after surging past Jonny Heitinga, with Victor Anichebe equalising in the 21st minute.
Gabriel Agbonlahor’s header restored Villa’s lead three minutes later and Benteke dispatched a Matthew Lowton cross in the 61st minute to make it 3-1, only for Fellaini’s late double to give Everton a share of the spoils.
Villa are now two points below fourth-bottom Reading, who won 2-1 at home to Sunderland to keep themselves above the bottom three.
Jimmy Kebe scored both goals for the hosts, netting an 85th-minute winner after Craig Gardner had canceled out his early opener with a 29th-minute penalty.
Southampton were denied a precious victory after conceding a last-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Wigan Athletic.
Gary Caldwell’s 25th-minute header put Wigan in front, with second-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin giving the visitors a lead they relinquished when Shaun Maloney snatched a goal at the death.
Elsewhere, on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll scored only his second goal of the season to give West Ham United a 1-0 win at home to Swansea City.
Adel Taarabt had a second-half penalty saved as Queens Park Rangers were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich City that left them four points adrift at the foot of the table.
Victory would have taken Harry Redknapp’s side to within a point of safety, but Taarabt saw his 56th-minute spot kick parried by Mark Bunn to leave QPR six points from safety.
“That’s how it goes. Adel was outstanding again,” said QPR manager Redknapp.
“It’s just one of those things. If we score, then we win the game, there’s no doubt.”


THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Peerless Paul Pogba, hapless PSG and sloppy City

Updated 20 September 2018
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THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Peerless Paul Pogba, hapless PSG and sloppy City

After the first round of Champions League matches we look at the main talking points from club football’s biggest competition.

PSG WILL NOT WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THIS SEASON

This is the one tournament the French club want to win, they are virtually assured of winning 
Ligue 1 year after year and in the glamor stakes the French top-flight does not quite cut it. Qatar has thrown a lot of cash at the capital club and in return PSG have some great players to thrill the fans — Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe make one heck of a front three. But while they have great individuals they do not have much of a team. The side’s 3-2 defeat at Liverpool highlighted everything that is wrong about the moneybags side, the attackers allowed to drift wherever they want, without much purpose and end result. The scoreline flattered the French side, make no mistake about it, Liverpool won at a canter. PSG get away with it in French football, but come the tough examinations in Europe they will get found out time and again.


POGBA SENDS A MESSAGE TO MOURINHO

If reports are to be believed it would seem Jose Mourinho has a fairly frosty relationship with Paul Pogba. It has been rumored that the Frenchman is keen to leave Manchester United and that the Portuguese boss would not do much to persuade him to stay. But on the evidence of Pogba’s performance in United’s 3-0 win at Young Boys in Switzerland Mourinho would be well advised to do everything in his power to keep the midfield maestro. The 25-year-old dominated the clash and showed exactly why he is, on his day, the best midfielder on the planet. He scored twice, to now give him four goals in six matches, having managed six last season for the club and nine in the previous campaign. His opener at Young Boys saw him make a run from midfield to near the area before a brilliant left-foot finish soared into the back of the net. Mourinho praised his captain after the match and will doubtless set about trying to prise that sort of performance from his main man week in, week out.


CITY ARE LESS THAN SLICK

Having coasted to the Premier League title last season, breaking numerous records along the way, City were favorites to win the Champions League this year. But one game in, a shock defeat at home to Lyon, and there appear to be cracks in the side. The 2-1 loss was a huge shock and for once the slick passing and ability to create chances galore were noticeable by their absence. Once they fell behind, Pep Guardiola’s men looked as if they could not think on their feet, unable to work out why they were not brushing aside a team that have failed to challenge for the French title for several years. It is only one match, but as starts to a campaign go, it could not have gone much worse.