Defending champs continue shocking start, sink close to relegation zone with home loss
SOUTHAMPTON 3, CHELSEA 1
Chelsea’s troubled season took another bad turn Saturday when Southampton won at Stamford Bridge, 3-1, dealing the hosts their fourth loss in eight games to start their Premier League title defense.
The Blues dropped to just four points above the relegation zone and 10 points behind early leader Manchester City, which got five goals from Sergio Aguero in a 6-1 thrashing of New castle.
“If the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away,” Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho said. “If the club sacks me, they sack the best manager that this club has had.”
Mourinho, who previously managed the London club from 2004 to 2007, was brought back in 2013 and delivered last season’s title by eight points.
But the team has rarely looked like a champion this season, regardless of location: Two of Chelsea’s losses so far have come at home, where Mourinho had only been beaten once in the league before this season across his two spells as manager.
On Saturday, as Southampton won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in almost 14 years, Chelsea was booed off the pitch.
SPAIN: With key midfielder Andres Iniesta having joined Lionel Messi on the injured list in midweek, Barcelona lost, 2-1, at struggling Sevilla.
Striker Michael Krohn-Dehli scored in the 52nd minute and set up Vicente Iborra’s goal in the 58th to give Sevilla its first home win over Barcelona in eight years.
Neymar scored Barcelona’s lone goal by converting a 74thminute penalty kick. The Catalan club struck the post five times and was stopped by an outstanding performance by Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: The United States romped to a 6-1 victory over a depleted Cuba in Kansas City, Kan., to guarantee itself a semifinal spot in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga and Jerome Kieswetter netted in the first half for the U.S., which beat Canada on Thursday night to open the eight-team tournament. Kieswetter added his second goal early in the second half, and Emerson Hyndman and Alonso Hernandez also scored.
Daniel Luis got a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time for Cuba.
The Americans play their final group-stage match against Panama on Tuesday night in Colorado.
Defending Olympic champion Mexico, meanwhile, got two goals from Marco Bueno and romped to a 4-0 win over Costa Rica.
MLS: Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore scored, and host Toronto FC beat the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, to close in on the first playoff berth in franchise history.
Philadelphia was eliminated from postseason contention.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the go-ahead goal in the first half, and the host New York Red Bulls held on to beat the Columbus Crew, 2-1, and take a three-point lead over D.C. United.