United comes from behind to end EPL skid
United comes from behind to end EPL skid
Oct. 05, 2013
LONDON (AP) — Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj scored twice in his first start for Manchester United, rallying the Red Devils to a 2-1 win at last-place Sunderland on Saturday that avoided their first three-game Premier League losing streak since December 2001.
After losses against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, United fell behind in the fifth minute when Nemanja Vidic's poor clearance attempt went into the path of Craig Gardner, who beat goalkeeper David De Gea.
The 18-year-old Januzaj scored in the 55th minute from Patrice Evra's cross and in the 61st with a left-footed volley off John O'Shea's headed clearance. He made his first team debut in the Community Shield in August and his EPL debut as a substitute on Sept. 14 against Crystal Palace.
In its first season since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson as manager, United (3-3-1) is ninth with 10 points.
"He is someone who we think a lot of," Moyes said of Januzaj. "He can do most things and play in lots of different positions. He is a real talent. I gave Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley their debuts at Everton and he is certainly in their category too."
Liverpool (5-1-1) moved back into first place with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on goals by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge plus a penalty kick by Steven Gerrard, his 99th Premier League goal. It was Suarez's first match at Anfield since completing a 10-game league suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a match in April.
Second-place Arsenal (5-1) plays at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Manchester City (4-2-1) is third after beating Everton 3-1 and sending the Toffees (3-1-3) to their first loss. Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero scored, and Tim Howard had an own goal when he tipped Aguero's penalty kick off a post and the ball bounced in off the American goalkeeper.
Another U.S. keeper, Aston Villa's Brad Guzan, earned his second shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw at Hull.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Neymar scored once and set up one of Alexis Sanchez's two goals, helping defending champion Barcelona rally past Valladolid 4-1 for an 8-0 league start. Barcelona is one short of the La Liga record for consecutive wins to open a season, set by Real Madrid in 1968.
Missing four-time FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi, who is sidelined by an injured hamstring, Barcelona fell behind when Javi Guerra scored in the 10th minute.
Sanchez tied the score in the 14th, Xavi Hernandez put the hosts ahead in the 52nd and Neymar fed Sanchez in the 64th. Neymar scored off Sanchez's pass in the 70th.
Real won 3-2 at Levante when Alvaro Morata tied the score in the 90th minute and Cristiano Ronaldo got the go-ahead goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Babacar "Baba" Diawara put Levante ahead in the 57th, Sergio Ramos equalized four minutes later and Nabil El Zhar gave the hosts a 2-1 lead in the 86th.
Real Madrid (6-1-1) moved into third, five points behind Barcelona and two back of Atletico Madrid (7-0), which hosts Celta Vigo oon Sunday.
MILAN (AP) — Francesco Totti scored twice, and Roma won 3-0 at Inter Milan to open a five-point lead in Serie A.
The 37-year-old Totti put Roma ahead 18 minutes in with a long shot and doubled the lead with a penalty kick in the 39th. Alessandro Florenzi scored on a counterattack in the 44th.
Roma has won its first seven league matches and outscored Serie A opponents 20-1
Two-time defending champion Juventus (5-0-1) hosts ninth-place AC Milan (2-2-2) on Sunday, when Napoli (5-0-1) is home against Livorno.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen held first-place Bayern Munich to a 1-1 tie in the Bundesliga.
Bayern, which outshot the hosts 27-5, went ahead on Toni Kroos' 29th-minute goal off a cross from Franck Ribery, but Sidney Sam scored a minute later after goalkeeper Manuel Neuer parried Sebastian Boenisch's shot toward him.
Bayern (6-0-2) has a one-point lead over Borussia Dortmund and Leverkusen (both 6-1-1). Dortmund lost 2-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach as Max Kruse converted a penalty kick in the 81st minute following a red card on Mats Hummels, and Raffael added a goal in the 86th.
PARIS (AP) — Substitute Lucas Ocampos scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th, and Monaco beat Saint-Etienne 2-1 to open a three-point lead in the French league.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco opened the scoring for Monaco (6-0-3) in the 15th, and Romain Hamouma tied the score in the 49th.
Second-place Paris Saint-Germain (5-0-3) is at third-place Marseille (5-1-2) on Sunday.