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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beardsley Scores Twice As Newcastle Goes Top

NEWCASTLE, England -- Newcastle captain Peter Beardsley celebrated his 700th league and cup appearance with two goals in his team's 3-1 derby win over Middlesbrough which put them back on top of the English premier league.


Robert Lee added Newcastle's third in the 75th minute as Kevin Keegan's team went two points clear of Arsenal, who drew 2-2 at Wimbledon, and moved four points clear of third-placed Liverpool, who lost 3-0 to Blackburn.


Danish international Mikkel Beck scored a consolation for Middlesbrough two minutes from time as Newcastle ran out easy winners.


Meanwhile, defending champion Manchester United plunged to another defeat, 2-1 at home to Chelsea.


United's wretched autumn continued with their third successive league defeat and their first at Old Trafford since December 1994.


Michael Duberry rose to meet a corner from Dennis Wise to put Chelsea in front in the 31st minute.


Duberry's firm downward header bounced between a hesitant Peter Schmeichel and Philip Neville on the goal-line, silencing the majority of the premier league record crowd of 55,198.


Chelsea extended their lead just after the hour when Gianluca Vialli took a pass from Frank LeBoeuf and threaded the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Schmiechel, who has conceded 14 goals in his last four appearances.


United pressed hard in the later stages and defender David May raised their hopes with a headed goal nine minutes before the fulltime. But Chelsea held on for a victory their fluent, attacking football thoroughly deserved.


Bottom club Blackburn turned in a vintage all-action display against Liverpool.


Chris Sutton scored twice and a far post tap-in from Jason Wilcox, put Blackburn in the driving seat.


Blackburn dominated for the most part and was ahead inside three minutes, Billy McKinlay's pass releasing Tim Sherwood, who in turn sent Sutton racing clear. Sutton was tripped by Phil Babb and sent Liverpool goalkeeper David James the wrong way with the resultant penalty.


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BONN -- VfB Stuttgart missed out on its chance to overtake Bayern Munich at the top of the German first division on Saturday by unexpectedly crashing 2-1 at lowly St. Pauli.


Midfielder Christian Springer bagged both goals for the unfashionable Hamburg side while Stuttgart managed only a penalty, converted by Bulgaria's Krasimir Balakov.


The defeat left the 1992 champion in second on 27 points from 13 matches, one point behind Bayern, which drew 1-1 with local rivals 1860 Munich on Friday.


Springer scored St. Pauli's first from a free kick in the 12th minute then added another on the break in the 71st.


As Stuttgart faltered, the pack took the opportunity to close the gap behind it. Early season leaders Bayer Leverkusen joined it on 27 points with a 3-0 defeat of hapless Borussia Moenchengladbach.


Leverkusen scored three times in the second half despite having only 10 men after the 25th minute when Jens Nowotny was sent off for a second bookable offense.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)


Champion Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at Schalke.


Heiko Herrlich put Dortmund ahead in the 15th minute, but it was Swiss international Stephane Chapuisat who scored in the 62nd and 64th, all within 10 minutes of coming on as substitute.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)





, which was welcoming back Sweden's Martin Dahlin from Roma





Martin Max had equalized for Schalke in the 58th minute.


The other surprise result came at Duisburg where fellow strugglers Freiburg won 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Uwe Wassmer.





NEWCASTLE, England -- Newcastle captain Peter Beardsley celebrated his 700th league and cup appearance with two goals in his team's 3-1 derby win over Middlesbrough which put them back on top of the English premier league.


Robert Lee added Newcastle's third in the 75th minute as Kevin Keegan's team went two points clear of Arsenal, who drew 2-2 at Wimbledon, and moved four points clear of third-placed Liverpool, who lost 3-0 to Blackburn. Defending champion Manchester United plunged to another defeat 2-1 at home to Chelsea.


Danish international Mikkel Beck scored a consolation for Middlesbrough two minutes from time as Newcastle ran out easy winners.


Manchester United's wretched autumn continued with their third successive league defeat and their first at Old Trafford since December 1994.


Michael Duberry rose to meet a corner from Dennis Wise to put Chelsea in front in the 31st minute.


Duberry's firm downward header bounced between a hesitant Peter Schmeichel and Philip Neville on the goal-line, silencing the majority of the premier league record crowd of 55,198.


Chelsea extended their lead just after the hour when Gianluca Vialli took a pass from Frank LeBoeuf and threaded the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Schmiechel, who has conceded 14 goals in his last four appearances.


United pressed hard in the later stages and defender David May raised their hopes with a headed goal nine minutes from time. But Chelsea held on for a victory their fluent, attacking football thoroughly deserved.


Bottom club Blackburn turned in a vintage all-action display against Liverpool, establishing a two-goal advantage in the opening 24 minutes.


An early penalty, converted by leading scorer Chris Sutton, and a far post tap-in from Jason Wilcox, his first goal of the year, put them in the driving seat.


Sutton added number three, the first time he has scored twice in a match since October 1994, after 55 minutes.


Blackburn dominated for the most part and was ahead inside three minutes, Billy McKinlay's pass releasing Tim Sherwood, who in turn sent Sutton racing clear. Sutton was tripped by Phil Babb and sent Liverpool goalkeeper David James the wrong way with the resultant penalty.


In the other top matches Arsenal drew 2-2 with Wimbledon, which twice came from behind to salvage a point.


Arsenal took the lead after just six minutes through Ian Wright. He collected a pass from Frenchman Patrick Vieira and ran on to beat Neil Sullivan for his 13th goal of the season.


Wimbledon equalized on the stroke of halftime through Vinnie Jones. Paul Merson restored Arsenal's lead in the 64th minute but it was shortlived, Marcus Gayle claiming Wimbledon's second equalizer midway through the half.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)





Beardsley, who will be 36 in January, opened the scoring from the spot after 41 minutes after David Ginola was brought down by Neil Cox.


Beardsley's second goal came after 70 minutes when he shot low past Walsh after being put through by Les Ferdinand. Newcastle wrapped up their win when Lee scored his first goal of the season after 75 minutes with a 20-meter shot which took a deflection off a Middlesbrough defender.