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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Newcastle United Stays Perfect, Milan Tops Lazio

LONDON -- An own goal and a penalty helped Newcastle maintain its perfect record in the English Premier League on Sunday in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Highbury.


The high-scoring Magpies, averaging more than three goals per game, took an early lead when Arsenal defender Martin Keown directed the ball into his own net.


Peter Beardsley, playing his 500th league game, made it 2-1 when he converted a penalty in the final minute of the first half. He then set up Ruel Fox for the clincher in the 74th.


Newcastle, with six victories in six games, has 18 points to lead both second-place Blackburn and third-place Nottingham Forest by four points. Blackburn remained unbeaten after a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in Sunday's other game.


Newcastle, which also blew away Royal Antwerp 5-0 in the first round of the UEFA Cup on Tuesday, has scored 22 league goals this season for a per-game average of 3.66.


Arsenal, on the other hand, scored its first goals in the league since netting three against Manchester City on opening day.


In the Italian League, two goals made Ruud Gullit the hero of Milan' 2-1 win over Lazio but fellow Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp of Internazionale turned villain after being shown the red card for the first time in his Italian career on Sunday.


Gullit silenced Milan's growing band of critics with a spectacular last-gasp volley less than a minute after Lazio's Alen Boksic looked to have earned his side a point with an 89th-minute equalizer.


Earlier Gullit had given his side a 78th-minute lead, outjumping the Lazio defense to meet a Dejan Savicevic cross with an unstoppable header.


By contrast, Bergkamp's disappointing record in Italy was further stained when the striker was sent off for elbowing a defender in Inter's scoreless draw at Brescia.