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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Blues for Newcastle As Shearer Blasts Back

LONDON -- Gianfranco Zola may have scored on his English premier league home debut but Alan Shearer definitely equalized on his return from surgery as Chelsea shared a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.


Chelsea's goal came from a Zola free-kick after 24 minutes, although fellow Italian Gianluca Vialli claimed he got the final touch with the subtlest of glancing headers from the edge of the 6-yard box.


Few at Stamford Bridge cared either way after a bright first quarter dominated by Ruud Gullit's side.


But the goal spurred Kevin Keegan's league leaders, and they had the edge for the rest of the half, snatching a deserved equalizer through Shearer four minutes before the break.


Colombian Faustino Asprilla put the England striker clean through on goal. Norwegian goalkeeper Frode Grodas saved well at Shearer's feet but the world's costliest player retrieved the ball, danced round a couple of Chelsea defenders and fired a shot into Grodas' unguarded net.


Liverpool threatened to leapfrog over the Tynesiders after Stan Collymore gave it the lead against fourth-placed Wimbledon inside the first minute, but the Londoners hit back to make it 1-1 through Norwegian Oyvind Leonhardson.


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VfB Stuttgart failed to recapture the top spot in the Bundesliga on Sunday, losing 3-1 away to struggling Duisburg.


Stuttgart began the weekend as league leader but Bayern Munich jumped from third to first place with a 2-1 win over lowly Hansa Rostock.


Brazilian striker Giovane Elber gave Stuttgart a dream start after just 38 seconds, pouncing on a rebound from a Fredi Bobic shot to score his 10th league goal of the season.


But Duisburg fought back and were back on level terms in the seventh minute with a goal from Markus Osthoff. Thomas Vana put Duisburg ahead after the break when his long-range shot was deflected past Stuttgart keeper Franz Wohlfahrt.


Michael Zeyer sealed the points for Duisburg in the 78th minute.


On Saturday, two goals from Mario Basler powered Bayern. The Germany midfielder converted a penalty in the 31st minute after Juergen Klinsmann was brought down.


Basler added a spectacular second from 25 meters two minutes before the interval.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)