Cardiff stuns Man City; Tottenham beats Swansea
Cardiff stuns Man City; Tottenham beats Swansea
Aug. 25, 2013
LONDON (AP) — Cardiff won for the first time in more than 50 years in the top tier of English soccer, jolting mighty Manchester City 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Fraizer Campbell scored twice to put the Welsh team past the 2012 champions, who have spent heavily during the offseason to win the title again.
"We'll be the underdogs for a lot of the games this season but, as we showed, we've got great determination and hopefully that'll see us through," Campbell said.
Signed for just $930,000 in January from Sunderland, Campbell helped Cardiff gain promotion and is now showing he can cut it in the Premier League again.
Cardiff is in the top division of English football for the first time since the 1961-62 season, gaining promotion in May to ensure there are two Welsh clubs in the Premier League for the first time.
As Cardiff was winning at home, Swansea lost 1-0 at Tottenham.
The blow of Gareth Bale's impending departure to Real Madrid has been softened for manager Andre Villas-Boas by opening the season with back-to-back wins.
Roberto Soldado scored the winner from the penalty spot, just as he did in Tottenham's league opener at Crystal Palace last Sunday.
The weekend's blockbuster game doesn't come until Monday night when champion Manchester United hosts Chelsea.
City has already experienced an early setback despite spending more than $140 million and replacing manager Roberto Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini after finishing without a trophy last season.
The scintillating 4-0 rout of Newcastle on Monday already seems to be a distant memory.
Although Edin Dzeko put City in front with a fierce striker seven minutes into the second half, Aron Gunnarsson slotted in Cardiff's equalizer on the hour.
Then Campbell, a former United striker, made his impact.
Peter Whittingham's inswinging corner was misjudged by City goalkeeper Joe Hart, and Campbell pounced at the far post, netting from close range in the 79th.
Campbell's second also came from a corner eight minutes later, evading City defender Pablo Zabaleta to head home.
"Defending set-pieces is the duty of all the team — not just the goalkeepers and the defenders," Pellegrini said. "It does not matter who is guilty with the two corners, conceding from two corners is too much, it is too important an area."
Pellegrini, though, concluded that his team "did not play badly."
"We played against a very difficult team. They were with 10 players in their own box and it was very difficult for us to try to score," the Chilean said.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham was angered not to be awarded a spot kick when Andros Townsend was fouled by Jonjo Shelvey just before half time — a free kick was given despite the offense being committed inside the area.
But when Townsend was tripped by Shelvey again after the break, a penalty was given and Soldado slotted past goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the 58th.
"There was contact and a foul for the first one," Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said. "I didn't think the second one was a foul."
Totttenham, though, can now prepare for next Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal with confidence high.
Especially thanks to Soldado.
With four goals in three games — including a double in the Europa League on Thursday — the Spain striker is quickly repaying the 30 million euros ($40 million) Tottenham paid Valencia for him.
As well as Soldado making his first competitive appearance at White Hart Lane, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho also started for the first time at home.
ROME (AP) — Inter Milan scored two late goals for a 2-0 win over Genoa in manager Walter Mazzarri's debut on the first Sunday of Serie A.
Japan international Yuto Nagatomo headed in from point-blank range in the 75th minute following a deflected cross from Jonathan and Argentina striker Rodrigo Palacio doubled the lead in added time after an excellent through ball from Fredy Guarin.
While it didn't come easily, the result was significant for an Inter squad that finished ninth and had 16 losses last season, its worst effort in 65 years.
"It's a good start but we're only at the beginning. We need to improve a lot of things but we're on the right road," Inter midfielder Ricardo Alvarez said.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg earned their first victories and points of the Bundesliga season on Sunday.
Frankfurt won 2-0 at Eintracht Braunschweig while Augsburg edged Stuttgart 2-1.
Promoted Braunschweig has lost all three of its games since returning to the Bundesliga after 28 years.
Braunschweig and Stuttgart are bottom of the standings, the only two teams without points three matches into the season.
PARIS (AP) — Lille won 1-0 at home to Saint-Etienne on Sunday as the visitors dropped their first points of the campaign.
Salomon Kalou scored from the spot in the 37th minute, sending Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier the wrong way. Kalou won the penalty when he forced his way into the area between Francois Clerc and Jeremy Clement, and was bundled over by Clement.
Marseille is the only team to still have a perfect record after three matches.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Turkey midfielder Arda Turan scored one goal and set up two more in Atletico Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, extending the team's strong start to the Spanish league.
Diego Simeone's team dominated the Spanish capital derby for Atletico's second win in as many rounds before it faces the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Barcelona on Wednesday with the series poised 1-1.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Italian striker Graziano Pelle scored a hat trick to lead Feyenoord to a 3-1 victory Sunday over NAC Breda, the Rotterdam team's first Eredvisie win of the season.
Surprise package PEC Zwolle beat SC Cambuur 2-0 on Saturday to go top of the league after four rounds as PSV dropped its first points of the season by drawing 1-1 with Heracles Almelo.
Defending champion Ajax continued its faltering start to the season by drawing 3-3 with Heerenveen, after squandering a 2-0 lead.