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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sheffield Stays Perfect With Win at Newcastle

LONDON -- Guy Whittingham's late winner at Newcastle kept surprise leader Sheffield Wednesday atop the English Premier League on Saturday after a 2-1 victory at St. James Park.


David Pleat's team, which spent most of last season struggling to avoid relegation, remains the only team with a 100 percent record, with nine points from three games.


Alan Shearer scored for the second game in a row as Newcastle went ahead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute. But Peter Atherton leveled for Wednesday two minutes later and Whittingham fired the winner 10 minutes from the end after being put clear of the Magpies' defense.


Meanwhile, Gianluca Vialli's first goal in English soccer helped Chelsea move up to second place after a 2-0 victory over struggling Coventry.


That result gave Ruud Gullit's team seven points. Chelsea's first goal also was a first in English soccer for French defender Frank Lebeouf. Coventry's Irish international defender, Liam Daish, was sent off when his team was already 1-0 down.


Arsenal moved into third after scoring a 2-0 victory at newcomer Leicester with a penalty from Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp and a goal from substitute Ian Wright.


Aston Villa climbed to fourth after beating another promoted team, Derby, with goals from substitute Julian Joachim and Tommy Johnson.


Sunderland, the third promoted team, remained unbeaten after three games with a 0-0 tie at strong contender Liverpool. Sunderland is now fifth and Liverpool sixth.


One of Middlesbrough's three Brazilians, Juninho, fired his team ahead at Nottingham Forest from an assist by countryman Emerson. But Forest's England veteran Stuart Pearce powered in an equalizer for a 1-1 tie at the City Ground, where 'Boro defender Nigel Pearson was sent off near the end.


Tottenham and Everton labored to a 0-0 tie at White Hart Lane while West Ham hit back from a goal down to edge Southampton 2-1 at Upton Park.


After Neil Heaney had given the Saints the lead, Michael Hughes leveled and then Julian Dicks fired home a penalty for the winner. More bad news for Saints was the late expulsion of defender Francis Benali.


In Sunday's match, a goal from new signings Jordi Cruyff and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed Manchester United to come twice from behind and force a 2-2 draw with 1995 champions Blackburn and remain unbeaten.


Paul Gascoigne, starting his first Scottish Premier Division game of the season, fired Rangers' 76th minute winner in the 1-0 victory against Dundee United. Teammate Ally McCoist, who scored six goals in his last two games in domestic and European Champions Cup action, missed a late penalty.