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By ESPN Staff
Sep 1, 2007

Dempsey scores again while Liverpool cruises

LONDON -- Fernando Torres scored twice for Liverpool on Saturday to help lift his new team to the top of the Premier League standings with a 6-0 win over Derby.

Liverpool was ahead 2-0 at Anfield on goals by Xabi Alonso and Ryan Babel when Torres hit his first goal of the match. Alonso then scored his second and Andriy Voronin made it 5-0 before Torres rounded off the scoring in the 78th minute.

Liverpool now has 10 points from four games and leads Chelsea and Everton on goal difference. Everton kept pace with its local rival with a 2-1 win at Bolton.

"We played really well, we found space, passed well and had some excellent movement," Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. "It was good to see Fernando Torres keep scoring, while Xabi Alonso could have had a hat trick."

Manchester United closed to within two points of the leaders when it beat visiting Sunderland 1-0, while Tottenham's shaky start to the season continued with a 3-3 draw at London rival Fulham.

West Ham won 3-0 at Reading, Middlesbrough beat Birmingham 2-0, and Newcastle beat visiting Wigan 1-0.

Liverpool is trying to win the title for the first time since 1990 and underlined its status as a contender by topping the standings for the first time in five years.

Liverpool was 2-0 up at halftime. Alonso struck a long-range free kick and Babel hit his first goal since joining from Ajax in the offseason when he shot after dodging two defenders.

Torres, Liverpool's record signing after his $40.6 million transfer from Atletico Madrid, made it 3-0 in the 56th. He ran past three defenders in the box before shooting into the net.

Alonso then scored from 18 yards in the 69th, Voronin struck from close range in the 76th, and Torres rounded goalkeeper Stephen Bywater to complete the rout.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane returned to his former club for the first time since leaving two years ago, but the Sunderland manager saw his new team beaten by a second-half goal from substitute Louis Saha.

France
PARIS -- Marouane Chamakh and Wendel scored second-half goals to lead Bordeaux to a 2-1 home win over Monaco in the French league.

Chamakh tapped in a shot in the 61st minute after Brazilian midfielders Jussie and Fernando had combined to help pierce Monaco's defense.

Jussie and Fernando swapped passes again in the 76th to create a goal for Wendel, who shot powerfully into the bottom corner after a rapid Bordeaux counterattack had left Monaco floundering.

Monaco replied in the 90th through its Brazilian midfielder Nene, who hit a swerving free kick that goalkeeper Ulrich Rame could only palm into the net.

In injury time, Nene crossed from the left, but Francois Modesto headed over the crossbar.

Germany
BERLIN -- Petri Pasanen scored a 79th-minute winner for Werder Bremen to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the Bundesliga.

Boubacar Sanogo scored in the 35th and Pasanen made it 2-0 in the 79th as Bremen picked up its third win in a week to recover from a bad start to the season.

Frankfurt was one of three teams that could have passed idle leader Bayern in the standings. The other two teams stumbled too -- MSV Duisburg beating Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 and Hannover 96 edging VfL Bochum 3-2.

Bremen, Arminia Bielefeld and Bochum have seven points after four rounds.

Decimated by injuries, Bremen reached a low point with a 4-0 rout by Bayern two weeks ago.

Since then, some German internationals have returned and the club has picked up two Bundesliga wins and a 3-2 victory Wednesday against Dinamo Zagreb that earned it a lucrative fourth straight year in the Champions League.

"I knew we would come back," Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese said. "You're allowed to have a bad game, like Bayern, but we have shown since what we could do."

Scotland
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Rangers stretched its lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League to four points with a 4-0 win over visiting Gretna.

Goals by Kris Boyd, Andy Webster and Carlos Cuellar, and an own goal by Aurelien Collin, took Rangers to the maximum 15 points from five games.

Hibernian is in second place after a 1-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Boyd put Rangers ahead in the 37th at Ibrox before Webster, who was making his debut after recovering from the knee injury he sustained after joining in January, headed in a corner by DaMarcus Beasley in the 63rd.

Cuellar headed a free kick by captain Barry Ferguson past goalkeeper Greg Fleming in the 81st and substitute Jean-Claude Darcheville had a shot deflected into the net by Collin 2 minutes later.