. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berger Moves Liverpool to Premier's Top Spot

LONDON -- Czech international Patrick Berger scored his first two goals for Liverpool in a 3-0 win at newly-promoted Leicester that took the Merseysiders to the top of the premier league.


Ruud Gullit's Chelsea, level on points with Liverpool before the start of play Sunday, were held 1-1 at home by League Cup holders Aston Villa. Manchester United trampled Nottingham Forest 4-1 on Saturday while George Graham's Elland Road career began with a defeat against bottom of the table Coventry and Alan Shearer downed his former club Blackburn with a controversial penalty.


Berger, who came on at halftime for out-of-sorts Liverpool striker Stan Collymore, blasted the ball home from the edge of the box just before the hour mark after a neat exchange of passes with England forward Steve McManaman.


Nineteen minutes later, the Czech picked up the ball in midfield, danced through the Leicester defense and slammed the ball home, again with his favored left foot.


In between, Michael Thomas scored with a half-hit volley that Leicester's American goalkeeper Kasey Keller fumbled into his own net.


At Stamford Bridge, Ireland international Andy Townsend, facing his former club, scored against the run of play from free-kick to give Villa the lead.


Chelsea pulled level on the stroke of halftime through French international defender Frank Leboeuf.


Leboeuf, sporting a stylish pair of royal blue boots to match his kit, stole in at the back post to squeeze home an aimless cross from Italian defender Roberto Matteo.


Defending champions United recorded their first home win of the season. Forest took an early lead through Norwegian international Alf-Inge Haaland, but saw it blown away by goals from Haaland's compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.


Giggs's goal was the pick of United's four. A backheel from Cantona wrong-footed the Forest defense, releasing Czech Karel Poborsky on the wing. His perfect cross was met by the Welshman with a thumping header.


Middlesbrough came from behind to beat Everton 2-1. with England's Nicky Barmby and Brazil's Juninho scoring


At Coventry, Leeds defender Andy Couzens gave George Graham the perfect welcome back scoring in the opening minute against bottom-side Coventry.


But Graham's return was soured in the second half as Coventry, bottom of the table before start of play, equalized through John Salako, and then scored the winner through former Leeds favorite Noel Whelan.


Alan Shearer set Newcastle on their way to a 2-1 victory with a penalty.


The England striker smashed home his spot kick after Scotland defender Colin Hendry was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area on the stroke of halftime.


Les Ferdinand added another after the break, and although Blackburn pulled one back through Chris Sutton, Kevin Keegan's side held on to win.


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