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Arsenal cruises, restores its EPL lead



Arsenal reclaimed its five-point lead in the English Premier League by outclassin­g host Fulham, 3-0, on Sunday in London.

Gabriel Magalhães, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard scored first-half goals at Craven Cottage to secure a fifth straight victory in the league for Arsenal.

Leandro Trossard had the assist on all three goals.

Second-place Manchester City had closed within two points of Arsenal by winning, 1-0, at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Arsenal and City have 11 games left.

There was more good news for Arsenal: Striker Gabriel Jesus came on in the 77th minute for his first appearance since undergoing surgery Dec. 6 on a medial collateral ligament injury suffered during the World Cup. . . .

Manchester United held firm after Casemiro’s second red card in his past three Premier League games to secure a 0-0 draw with visiting Southampto­n.

The Brazil midfielder was sent off in the 34th minute for a studsup challenge on Carlos Alcaraz that initially earned him a yellow card. The referee changed it to a red following a video review, and Casemiro must serve a four-match ban. . . .

Miguel Almirón came off the bench to reignite Newcastle’s Champions League qualificat­ion ambitions with the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over visiting Wolverhamp­ton. . . .

Saïd Benrahma’s penalty kick earned West Ham a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa and lifted the hosts out of the relegation zone.

SPAIN: Still mired in control versy over its payments to the company of a former refereeing committee official, Barcelona restored its lead over Real Madrid in

La Liga to nine points with a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.

Video review disallowed an 87th-minute goal by Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams for a handball in the buildup. Video review awarded Barcelona forward Raphinha’s goal after it was initially disallowed for offside. . . .

Real Betis and host Villarreal dropped points in their bid for Champions League qualificat­ion with a 1-1 draw.

Borja Iglesias opened the scoring for Betis in the 38th minute, and Villarreal equalized with a Yéremy Pino goal in the 55th. . . .

Real Sociedad played to a 1-1 draw at Mallorca.

ITALY: Juventus beat lastl place Sampdoria, 4-2, at home to close in on a Europa League spot despite its hefty points punishment.

Adrien Rabiot scored twice as Juventus, which was deducted 15 points in the Serie A standings for false accounting, moved within four points of sixth-place Atalanta. . . .

Roma lost, 4-3, at home to Sassuolo as Armand Laurienté netted twice for the visitors.

• GERMANY: Ritsu Doan struck late for Freiburg to beat Hoffenheim, 2-1, and leave the visitors last in the Bundesliga. . . .

Union Berlin missed the chance to reclaim third place in the league when Patrick Wimmer scored late to salvage a 1-1 draw for host Wolfsburg. . . .

Bayer Leverkusen survived a late rally from Werder Bremen to win, 3-2, on the road.

• FRANCE: Loïs Openda scored the fastest French league hat trick in 50 years to help Lens move into third place with a 4-0 win at Clermont.

Openda struck three times in 4 minutes 30 seconds. According to stats provider Opta, that was four seconds quicker than Matt Moussilou’s hat trick in Lille’s 8-0 rout of Istres in 2005.

Report: Qatar bugged meeting

A spying operation on behalf of World Cup host Qatar bugged a 2017 hotel meeting between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Switzerlan­d’s then-attorney general during an investigat­ion of soccer officials, Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported.

Intelligen­ce operatives linked to a former CIA officer wiretapped a meeting involving Infantino and Swiss federal prosecutor Michael Lauber at a Qatari-owned hotel in Bern, the report said.

 ?? DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS ?? Gabriel Magalhães, left, shared a moment with William Saliba after scoring the first goal for Arsenal.
DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS Gabriel Magalhães, left, shared a moment with William Saliba after scoring the first goal for Arsenal.

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