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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Manchester Thrashes Blackburn, 4-2

LONDON -- Manchester United scored a crushing 4-2 away victory against 10-man Blackburn Rovers, aided by a controversial penalty and sending off.


Blackburn, who had defender Henning Berg dismissed for a foul on Lee Sharpe in the 45th minute, took a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second half in Sunday's game, but could not hold out playing half the game one man short.


Andrei Kanchelskis scored twice in the second half as the champions became the first team to win at Blackburn in 13 months.


United, who came from behind twice, moved above Blackburn into third place, seven points behind leaders Newcastle.


Blackburn was leading through a stunning 13th-minute goal by Paul Warhurst, hit from 30 meters, when it conceded the penalty, from which Eric Cantona equalized.


Colin Hendry headed them ahead again in the 51st minute, but within one minute United had drawn level when Kanchelskis blasted in after Hendry slipped in the box.


An error by England defender Graeme Le Saux handed United its third goal in the 67th minute, Mark Hughes intercepting his back pass and lobbing goalkeeper Tim Flowers for his first league goal since the opening day of the season.


Blackburn's misery was completed eight minutes from time when Kanchelskis ran half the length of the pitch unchallenged, dribbled round Flowers and put the ball through a defender's legs.


In other games Sunday, Ian Wright scored twice to set an Arsenal scoring record and earn it a 2-1 home win over Coventry, and Chelsea beat Ipswich 2-0.


Wright was on target for the 10th successive game to beat David Jack's nine-match 63-year-old scoring run, and take his season's tally to 15. But he also collected his seventh booking of the season to earn a three-match ban and failed to appear for the second half because of a groin injury.


In Saturday's games, Andy Cole scored his 14th goal of the season as Newcastle maintained its unbeaten record with a 2-1 victory Saturday over Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Watson's deflected drive from 20 meters out put Newcastle ahead in the 35th minute at St. James' Park, and Cole added a relatively simple tap-in from five meters two minutes later.


Second-place Nottingham Forest, the only other team without a loss, kept pace with a 2-0 shutout at Aston Villa. Stuart Pearce netted a penalty in the first minute as Forest piled on more misery for Aston Villa, which has taken only one point from its last six league games despite a good run in the UEFA Cup.


At the other end of the standings, Crystal Palace won at home for the first time this season and moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 home victory over last-place Everton, the only winless team in the league.


Italian First Division


Substitute striker Marco Branca's penalty kick with 12 minutes remaining gave Parma a 2-1 victory over last-placed Reggiana on Sunday and moved it into sole possession of the Italian league lead.


The goal on a controversial call completed a rally from an early 1-0 deficit and narrowly avoided an embarrasing upset to the first division's worst team.


Parma improved to 5-1-1 and 16 points, one more than Roma, which remained the league's only undefeated team (4-3-0) after a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.


Next Sunday, the two face off at Parma for the league lead.


Argentine striker Abel Balbo's chested goal in the third minute of injury time -- with Cagliari playing in 10 -- allowed the Romans to avoid the upset.


Lazio (4-2-1) beat Genoa 2-1 and Juventus of Turin (4-2-1) defeated Cremonese, also 2-1, leaving the winners two points behind Parma.


Three-time defending champion AC Milan, coming off last week's stunning 2-0 loss to Padova, played Sampdoria of Genoa to a scoreless draw, leaving both with a 3-2-2 record and five points off the lead.


At Parma, Branca decided the regional derby when Italian international midfielder Gianfranco Zola was pulled down in the area.


Until then, Reggiana, which drew 1-1 with Fiorentina last week to end a five-game losing streak, looked primed for the upset.


In the 14th minute, Parma keeper Luca Bucci failed to get to a backpass fast enough, allowing Portuguese striker Paulo Futre to stole the ball and score.


It took until the 61st minute for Parma to tie the game on Italian international midfielder Dino Baggio header of a Zola free kick.


At Milan, the Red-and-Black attack remained silent but the defense contained Sampdoria strikers Roberto Mancini and Alessandro Melli. In the best chance for either side, Milan striker Daniele Massaro's acrobatic shot in the 20th minute hit the right post.


French First Division


French champions Paris St Germain, inspired by Brazil's World Cup player Rai, revived their title hopes with a crushing 4-0 win away to Nice.


Rai, sidelined for most of the early season in the wake of Brazil's world title, rediscovered his attacking flair with two goals Saturday and brought the Parisians back into title contention.


Sixth before the kick-off, PSG rose to fourth, six points behind unbeaten leaders Nantes who had to settle for a lackluster goalless draw at Sochaux. With Nantes' nearest rivals Lyon sinking 4-0 at Lens, Paris St. Germain made the most of a night of prolific scoring in the French league -- 26 goals -- to confirm their immaculate showing in the European Champions' League.


"You are going to be surprised because we will make it back to the top of the league. And we'll be hot contenders for the title," coach Luis Fernandez said.


(Reuters, AP)