Euro roundup: Lerner watches Villa win
LONDON -- Aston Villa moved into second place in the English Premier League on Sunday, beating Newcastle 2-0 in Birmingham in a game attended by Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner, Villa's new majority shareholder. Lerner received a rousing reception when he took his seat after flying in from the United States to watch the game. Luke Moore gave Villa the lead in the third minute and Juan Pablo Angel made it 2-0 in the 38th. Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, who recently moved to England from Inter Milan, was taken off the field on a stretcher midway through the game with what looked like a knee injury. Villa and Everton have seven points after three games. Manchester United, which beat Watford 2-1 Saturday, has nine points. Chelsea, the two-time defending champions, looked unconvincing in a 2-0 win over Blackburn. The victory came days after a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough. Frank Lampard scored the first goal from the penalty spot in the 50th minute, with former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel getting his hand on the ball before it went into the net. Didier Drogba made it 2-0 in the 81st, beating Blackburn defender Andre Ooijer and lifting a 10-yard shot over Friedel.
MADRID, Spain -- Real Madrid was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Villarreal in its first game of the Spanish league season. The Madrid powerhouse, playing under new coach Fabio Capello, struggled to create chances as it bids to win its first league title since 2003. Ruud van Nistelrooy twice missed scoring opportunities in the second half before David Beckham was replaced by Robinho in the 75th minute. Newly promoted Gimnastic Tarragona celebrated its first game in the first division in 56 years with a 1-0 win at Espanyol. Alejandro Campano scored with a volley in the 51st minute. Osasuna, eliminated from the Champions League by Hamburg on Tuesday, continued its poor start to the season with a 2-0 loss to visiting Getafe.
ROME -- Juventus was eliminated from the Italian Cup on penalties at Napoli Sunday, ousted in the third round after a 3-3 draw. The Neapolitan side prevailed 5-4 on penalties, scoring with four minutes remaining to force the shootout in a game where both sides finished with 10 men. Second-half substitute Alessandro Del Piero rallied Juventus with a 79th-minute equalizer to tie the game 2-2 and scored again in the 115th minute to put his side ahead. But Paolo Cannavaro, the younger brother of former Juventus defender Fabio, tied the match for Napoli. A crowd of 60,000 filled the San Paolo stadium in Naples for the match featuring two of Italy's most famous clubs now both relegated to the second division.
BERLIN -- Hamburger SV was held to its third straight tie in the Bundesliga. Boubacar Sanogo scored his league-leading third goal of the season with an 18th-minute header to give Hamburg a 1-1 tie with Hertha Berlin. Christian Gimenez scored in the 64th for Hertha Berlin. "I'm getting tired off these draws -- but we needed to do more to get a victory," Hamburg's Bastian Reinhardt said. Also, Eintracht Frankfurt managed a 1-1 tie with Mainz 05 despite finishing the game with only nine men. Ioannis Amanatidis scored his second goal for Frankfurt in the 25th, but Ranisav Jovanovic tied the score in the 84th.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- FC Twente upset PSV Eindhoven 1-0 in the Dutch league, and Ajax came back to edge NAC Breda 2-1. Blaise N'Kufo scored the only goal in the 71st minute to hand defending champion PSV its first loss of the season. Edwin de Graaf gave NAC the lead against visiting Ajax, but Welsey Sneijder scored two goals to keep the Amsterdam team perfect through two games. AZ Alkmaar, SC Heerenveen and Roda JC also have six points this season. Feyenoord continued its struggles for the second straight week. After an opening loss, the Rotterdam team was held to a 0-0 tie by Heracles Almelo.
PARIS -- Marseille took over first place in the French league after beating Le Mans 2-0. Habib Bamogo and Mamadou Niang each scored for Marseille, which has 10 points from four games. Five-time defending champion Lyon, which beat Nice 4-1 Saturday, trails on goal difference. Third-place Lille, with nine points, beat Bordeaux 3-0.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Kilmarnock scored on an injury-time penalty kick by Steve Naismith to hold Rangers to a 2-2 tie in the Scottish Premier League. Kris Boyd gave Rangers a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute, but Frazer Wright tied the score in the 63rd. Boyd scored his second in the 85th. Celtic and Hearts lead the league with 10 points each, one more than Aberdeen and Rangers.
LISBON -- Perennial contender Benfica had to sit out Sunday's match because of a dispute between its potential opponents, leaving Sporting and Porto to claim the early lead on the opening weekend of the Portuguese league season. The Portuguese federation suspended all matches involving Belenenses, Gil Vicente and another team, Leixoes, because of legal issues as to which club should be in the top division this season, leaving 31-time champion Benfica without an opponent. Defending champion Porto used two goals from Adriano Lousada and another by Ricardo Quaresma to beat Leiria 2-1 on Friday. Sporting also won its opener, overcoming a pair of goals by Ze Manel with two by Deivid de Souza in the second half to beat Boavista 3-2 on Saturday.
ATHENS -- Nery Castillo scored three times and gave defending champion Olympiakos Piraeus a 3-0 win at Panionios Sunday, moving it alone at the top of the Greek Super League after two rounds. The result left Olympiakos two points in front after preseason title favorites Panathinaikos and AEK stumbled in the second round: Panathinaikos losing 2-0 at home to Ionikos on Saturday and AEK settling for a 1-1 draw with OFI Crete on Sunday.