Gunners take top spot; Chelsea continues slide
ARSENAL 2, EVERTON 1
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny headed a goal apiece past American goalkeeper Tim Howard in a threeminute span, and Arsenal beat Everton, 2-1, on Saturday to move provisionally atop the Premier League table in rainy London.
It was the Gunners’ fourth consecutive Premier League victory, only further raising club morale after a stunning 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League at midweek.
Ross Barkley scored on a deflected strike for Everton.
Last year’s champion, Chelsea, finds itself a full 11 points back after a 2-1 loss at West Ham that dropped the Blues all the way down to 15th place. Manager Jose Mourinho was sent off at halftime, apparently incensed over refereeing decisions that saw a goal by Cesc Fabregas disallowed and Nemanja Matic sent off for two yellow cards.
West Ham happily took advantage, extending its best start to a Premier League campaign and adding Chelsea to a list of prominent victims that already included Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
SPAIN: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 12th goal in as many games to help Real Madrid to a deceptively tough 3-1 victory at second-place Celta Vigo.
Ronaldo and Danilo gave Madrid a two-goal lead at Balaidos Stadium by the 23rd, but Madrid needed goalkeeper Keylor Navas to protect the advantage before Celta lost Gustavo Cabral to a second yellow card in the 57 th.
GERMANY: Arjen Robben scored on his return from injury as Bayern Munich defeated visiting Cologne, 4-0, for the club’s 1,000th Bundesliga victory.
Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller also scored for Bayern, now 10 points clear of Dortmund.
ITALY: Inter Milan was reduced to 10 men and ultimately held to a 1-1 draw at Palermo, failing to move provisionally atop Serie A.
Ivan Perisic opened the scoring on the hour mark for Inter, but the lead lasted just six minutes before Alberto Gilardino leveled for the hosts.