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Football roundup: Barca win Clasico; Torres strikes takes Chelsea to 2nd

October 28, 2013 11:05 IST

Football roundup: Barca win Clasico; Torres strikes takes Chelsea to 2nd

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Barcelona drew first blood against arch-rivals Real Madrid by winning the opening 'Clasico' of the season 2-1 at the Nou Camp at the weekend.

AS Roma won their ninth straight game, maintaining a remarkable 100 percent record in Serie A, by securing a dramatic late 1-0 victory at Udinese.

Arsenal beat managerless CrystalPalace 2-0 to stay top in England while Bayern Munich stretched their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 35 games with a 3-2 triumph at home to promoted Hertha Berlin.

SPAIN

Leaders Barcelona opened a six-point gap on third-placed Real Madrid when Brazilian Neymar and substitute Alexis Sanchez struck in a 2-1 victory for the champions in Saturday's 'Clasico' at the Nou Camp.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 19th minute and Chile international Alexis made it 2-0 with a sublime 78th-minute chip before Jese pulled a goal back for Real in the first minute of added time.

Second-placed Atletico Madrid stayed hard on Barca's heels and opened a five-point lead over city neighbours Real thanks to a thumping 5-0 win at home to struggling Real Betis on Sunday.

On a near-perfect night at the Calderon, teenager Oliver Torres scored one of the fastest La Liga goals after just 14 seconds, David Villa struck twice and league top scorer Diego Costa netted his 11th of the season.

Unbeaten Barca have 28 points from 10 games with Atletico on 27 and Real on 22, two ahead of promoted Villarreal who won 4-1 at home to Valencia on Sunday.


Image: Barcelona's Neymar (2nd from right) is congratulated by teammates (left to right) Gerard Pique, Xavi, Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their La Liga Clasico match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona on Saturday
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters

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ENGLAND

Arsenal maintained top spot in the Premier League after a 2-0 victory at managerless Crystal Palace, Mikel Arteta scoring a penalty before later being sent off as the Londoners moved on to 22 points from nine matches.

Fernando Torres netted a last-minute winner for Chelsea, a 2-1 victory over Manchester City keeping Jose Mourinho's side two points adrift of Arsenal and on the same points as third-placed Liverpool who thumped West Bromwich Albion 4-1 thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick.

Goals in the final 12 minutes from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez spared Manchester United's blushes as the champions came from 2-1 down to beat Stoke City 3-2 at Old Trafford.


Image: Chelsea's Fernando Torres (rights) celebrates with teammate Branislav Ivanovic after scoring a goal against Manchester City during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Bradley helps 10-man Roma romp past Udinese

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ITALY

A long-range Michael Bradley strike eight minutes from time helped 10-man AS Roma beat Udinese 1-0 to win their ninth straight league match and stay five points clear at the top of Serie A.

Napoli remained second, level with Juventus on 22 points, after two controversial Gonzalo Higuain penalties helped Rafael Benitez's side defeat Torino 2-0.

An Arturo Vidal penalty and a fine Carlos Tevez goal gave champions Juventus a 2-0 win over Genoa.

Esteban Cambiasso notched his 50th goal for Inter Milan as they outclassed Hellas Verona 4-2 and moved up to fourth place.


Image: AS Roma's Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring against Udinese during their Serie A match at the Friuli stadium in Udine on Sunday
Photographs: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

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GERMANY

Bayern Munich had to work hard to defeat promoted Hertha Berlin 3-2 and extend their unbeaten run to 35 league games, one short of the record held by Hamburg SV.

Substitute Mario Mandzukic scored twice for treble winners Bayern who stayed top, one point clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, 3-1 winners at Schalke 04.

Second-half goals from Jakub Blaszczykowski and Nuri Sahin sealed Dortmund's win after they lost both RuhrValley derbies against Schalke last season.

Third-placed Bayer Leverkusen have the same 25-point total as Dortmund after beating Augsburg 2-1.


Image: Mario Mandzukic (left) and Franck Ribery of FC Bayern Munich celebrate a goal during their Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin in Munich on Sunday
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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FRANCE

Paris St Germain kept their lead in Ligue 1 with a last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at 10-man St Etienne.

St Etienne went 2-0 ahead thanks to Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma but Edinson Cavani grabbed his seventh league goal of the season to reduce the deficit and Blaise Matuidi netted a stoppage-time leveller.

Les Verts were reduced to 10 men when Fabien Lemoine picked up a second yellow card shortly before the hour mark.

PSG, who have 25 points from 11 games, lead Monaco on goal difference after Radamel Falcao scored in a 2-1 win for the principality club at home to Olympique Lyon.


Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top) of Paris St-Germain challenges Loic Perrin of St Etienne during their Ligue 1 match at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on Sunday
Photographs: Robert Pratta/Reuters

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