Chelsea edges Liverpool in Premier League
LONDON -- Didier Drogba spun and scored on a rising 20-yard shot late in the first half Sunday, leading Chelsea past Liverpool 1-0 in an English Premier League game attended by Tiger Woods. The Ivory Coast striker settled a long ball from Frank Lampard in the 42nd minute, then swirled and drove a shot past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The goal drew rousing applause at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium, with Woods leading the cheers from a front-row seat. Woods, competing in the upcoming Ryder Cup in Ireland, is a friend and golf partner of Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko. Chelsea has 12 points from five games while Liverpool has only four from four games. Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard squandered several opportunities for Liverpool. The Reds also had a man advantage from the 51st minute when Michael Ballack was sent off for stomping on Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko. After Chelsea controlled the first 15 minutes, Kuyt was in position to give Liverpool the lead when his 16th-minute shot went off the crossbar behind Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. With the man advantage, Liverpool also could have equalized in the 68th. Gerrard broke in alone but shot directly into Cech, who was sprawled on the ground. Blackburn got goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen, Benni McCarthy and Paul Gallagher in its 4-2 win over Manchester City. Each team got an own-goal from the other while Joey Barton scored for Man City. Former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel started for Blackburn, and DaMarcus Beasley came on as a substitute for City in the 34th. Claudio Reyna stayed on City's bench.
MADRID, Spain -- Sevilla leads defending champion Barcelona and Valencia on goal difference after all three picked up wins Sunday. Barcelona got goals from Samuel Eto'o, Ludovic Giuly and Ronaldinho in its 3-0 win over Racing Santander. A long shot by Eto'o slipped through the fingers of Santander goalkeeper Toni Rodriguez to give the Champions League winners the lead in the 17th minute. Ronadinho scored his goal from the penalty spot after Eidur Gudjohnsen was knocked down by Rodriguez, who received a red card. Frederic Kanoute scored two goals and Renato added the late winner in Sevilla's 3-2 win over crosstown rival Real Betis. Valencia downed Getafe 2-0 to win its 1,000th league game and end Getafe's perfect start to the season. Fernando Morientes, who scored three goals on Tuesday in the team's 4-2 Champions League win at Olympiakos, scored another on a header in first-half injury time. Vicente Rodriguez added Valencia's second with a 67th-minute penalty.
MILAN, Italy -- AS Roma moved into first place in the Italian league after beating Siena 3-1. Rodrigo Taddei scored one goal and set up the other for David Pizarro. Taddei gave Roma the lead in the 47th minute against his former club, scoring from an angled shot from inside the area. In the 70th, he sent a cross to Pizarro, who scored from five yards. Stefano Okaka, who came on for captain Francesco Totti in the 75th, scored Roma's third goal in injury time. AC Milan beat Parma 2-0 and improved to minus two points after starting the season with an eight-point penalty for its role in the Italian match-fixing scandal. Clarence Seedorf scored on a curling free kick in the 25th minute and Kaka converted a penalty kick in the 86th. Milan striker Alberto Gilardino left the match in the 37th with a cut to his head following a collision with Parma's Massimo Paci. David Di Michele scored twice to give Palermo a 2-1 win over Lazio and its third victory in seven days. Palermo downed Reggina in its opener last week and West Ham in the first round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday. Cristiano Lucarelli's 58th-minute header gave Livorno a 1-0 win over Fiorentina in a Tuscan derby.
BERLIN -- Hertha Berlin took over first place in the Bundesliga after beating Schalke 2-0 in a weekend of upsets. Christian Gimenez scored in the 39th and 52nd minutes as Berlin jumped from 10th to first. Schalke, which had been in second place, wasted several early chances. "We played football like we were asleep. We should apologize to the fans for this performance," Schalke midfielder Fabian Ernst said. Eintracht Frankfurt added another upset with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV were among the teams that lost Saturday.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ajax lost for the first time in the Dutch league this season, falling 2-0 at Roda JC. Davy de Fauw scored in the eighth minute and Andres Oper added the second in the 65th. PSV Eindhoven got first-half goals from Jefferson Farfan and Alex in its 2-1 win over Feyenoord. Farfan curled in a free kick in the seventh minute and Alex beat Feyenoord goalkeeper Henk Timmer from the edge of the box in the 42nd. Jonathan de Guzman scored for Feyenoord just before halftime. Both Ajax and PSV have nine points from four games. AZ Alkmaar, which is tied for league lead with 10 points, was held to a 2-2 tie by FC Twente.