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By ESPN Staff
Sep 29, 2007

Hahnemann on wrong end of record-setting game

LONDON -- American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was on the wrong end of a rout Saturday when Portsmouth beat Reading 7-4 in the highest-scoring game in the Premier League's 15-year history.

"I have never been involved in a game like that before," Reading manager Steve Coppell said. "It's hard to remember anything like that either as a player or a manager."

There have been several nine-goal games in the Premier League, notably Manchester United's 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995.

Arsenal won 1-0 at West Ham to keep the lead in the standings from defending champion Manchester United, which won 1-0 at Birmingham.

Benjani Mwaruwari scored twice to put Portsmouth 2-0 up before Andy Hunt and Dave Kitson brought Reading even at 2-2.

Hermann Hreidarsson and Mwaruwari made it 4-2 before Shane Long got a goal for Reading, but Niko Kranjcar, Sean Davis and Sulley Muntari, with a penalty kick, all scored in the last 15 minutes.

Reading's Nicky Shorey completed the record tally with a deflected shot in injury time. There could have been a 12th goal, but Portsmouth goalkeeper David James saved a penalty kick.

Arsenal continued its unbeaten start with Robin Van Persie's fourth goal of the season keeping the Gunners ahead of Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Arsenal has 19 points, two more than defending champion Manchester United. Manchester City was a point further back after beating Newcastle 3-1, while Liverpool has 15 after a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Chelsea slipped seven points behind Arsenal after a 0-0 tie against visiting Fulham that extended its winless streak to four league games. Captain John Terry left the field with a broken cheekbone and striker Didier Drogba was sent off to complete a terrible day for the Blues.

Spain
MADRID, Spain -- Thierry Henry scored his first Spanish league goals with a hat trick, powering FC Barcelona into first place with a 4-1 victory over Levante.

Barcelona has three straight league wins and 14 points, one more than defending champion Real Madrid, which has a game in hand.

Henry, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal in June, scored in the 17th, 24th and 49th minutes. It was Barcelona's first away victory of the season. Lionel Messi netted the other goal for Barcelona, while Emilio Viqueira replied for last-place Levante.

Sevilla's slump continued with a 2-0 defeat at Zaragoza after second-half goals by substitutes Andres D'Alessandro and Sergio Garcia.

The UEFA Cup champion of the last two years has lost its last three league games in its worst streak since coach Juande Ramos took charge in 2005.

Sevilla, whose midfield player Antonio Puerta died Aug. 28 after prolonged cardiac arrest, is 11th with six points.

Italy
ROME -- Inter Milan beat 10-man AS Roma 4-1 to take sole possession of the Italian league lead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty for his league-leading seventh goal in the 29th minute after Roma midfielder Ludovic Giuly was red-carded for a hand ball.

After Simone Perrotta equalized for Roma in the 53rd, Inter took control with goals from Hernan Crespo, Julio Ricardo Cruz and Ivan Cordoba.

Inter, which ran away with the title last season, has 14 points. Roma is next with 11, followed by Juventus, Napoli and Palermo with 10 apiece. Roma had a perfect start with three wins but has now drawn twice and lost once in its last three games.

Pablo Osvaldo scored twice in his Serie A debut as Fiorentina beat 10-man Livorno 3-0 to move into second place. "I really can't ask for more," Osvaldo said.

Livorno coach Fernando Orsi was expelled at halftime for protests, and Massimo Loviso was given a red card for a hard foul in the 63rd.

Germany
BERLIN -- Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich edged Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 after Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose again combined for the winning goal.

Italy striker Toni scored his sixth league goal this season with a close shot after a pass from Klose in the 40th. Klose and Toni have now scored 14 goals in the German first division, more than all other Bundesliga teams apart from Werder Bremen and Schalke.

The win moved Bayern four points ahead of Schalke -- which beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 Friday -- and dropped Leverkusen from second to fourth place with 14 points.

"That was our biggest test this season up to now," Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said.

Bremen produced the biggest Bundesliga rout in 19 years, beating Arminia Bielefeld 8-1. Six players scored, with two apiece from Hugo Almeida and Boubacar Sanogo. Bremen moved to fifth place in the most one-sided affair since Bayern thrashed Schalke 8-1 on April 9, 1988.

Stuttgart stumbled ahead of its Champions League match home game against FC Barcelona, falling 2-1 to Hansa Rostock.

France
PARIS -- Lyon beat Lens 3-0 with goals from Fabio Santos, Kim Kallstrom and Karim Benzema to move even with Nancy at the top of the French league.

Lyon, which was playing a rescheduled match from the third round, scored first in the 42nd minute when Santos tapped in a low cross from Milan Baros.

Six-time defending champion Lyon made it 2-0 when Kallstrom shot powerfully from outside the penalty area in the 82nd. Benzema completed the scoring with a solo effort in the last minute for his ninth goal in as many games.

Lyon has 19 points from nine rounds, while Nancy has the same total but has played a game less.

Scotland
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Scott McDonald had a hat trick and Celtic jumped above city rival Rangers to take the Scottish Premier League lead after a 3-0 win over Dundee United.

Defending champion Celtic was able to take first place because Rangers drew 1-1 at Motherwell.

Celtic has 19 points from eight games and leads Rangers on goal difference.

Rangers trailed at Fir Park to Chris Porter's 24th-minute goal and needed a 67th-minute penalty kick by Kris Boyd to avoid defeat.

Netherlands
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Roy Maakay and Nicky Hofs each scored to lead Feyenoord over SC Heerenveen 2-0 in the Dutch league.

Maakay scored his fifth goal of the season in the 22nd minute, and Hofs added the other in the 28th.

Feyenoord, with 15 points, is top of the league and a point ahead of defending champion PSV Eindhoven, which was held to a 1-1 draw at NAC Breda. Ajax has 13 points and can take over first place Sunday if it beats VVV Venlo.

Matthew Amoah gave NAC the lead over PSV in the 65th minute, but PSV forward Danko Lazovic set up winger Kenneth Perez for a 76th-minute equalizer.

Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- Giorgos Karagounis converted a penalty kick and Dimitris Salpingidis added another goal to lead Panathinaikos over visiting PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1 in the Greek league.

Panathinaikos has seven points from three games, one more than Atromitos, which beat Larissa 2-0. AEK Athens and Xanthi, who also have six points each, play Sunday.

Defending champion Olympiakos played to a 1-1 draw against Aris in Thessaloniki and has five points.