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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sheffield Rolls On In Premier

SHEFFIELD, England -- Sheffield Wednesday maintained their 100 percent record and went five points clear at the top of the English premier league on Monday by beating newly-promoted Leicester City 2-1.


Wednesday, who escaped relegation on the final day last season, has now made its best start in 65 years, winning their first four matches and scoring twice in every game.


Ritchie Humphreys set the Yorkshire side on its way in the 25th minute with his third goal of the season.


Collecting a loose ball on the halfway line, the 18-year-old apprentice striker cut through the heart of the Leicester defense, pulled the ball on to his left foot, and coolly lobbed over goalkeeper Kasey Keller from the edge of the area.


Three minutes later an equally spectacular goal brought Leicester level.


Steve Claridge, who sealed Leicester's promotion to the premier league with a last-minute, extra-time goal in a play-off at Wembley in May, surged past former England defender Des Walker and blasted the ball into the top left-hand corner of Kevin Pressman's goal from 25 meters.


Andy Booth, who joined Wednesday for ?2.65 million ($4.1 million) from first division Huddersfield in the off season, scored their winner six minutes into the second half, latching on to a long pass and slotting the ball under Keller.


Wednesday lead the table by five points from Chelsea on seven, and Arsenal and Villa another point back.


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Scoring all their goals in the second half, Sporting Gijon came from behind to stun Espanyol 3-2 Monday.


Sporting midfielder Ricardo Gonzalez Bango scored the winner just before fulltime, set up by striker Julio Salinas.


On a rainy night Espanyol went 2-0 up after a goal by forward Miguel Angel Benitez and a penalty by the recent signing from Nantes, Nicolas Ouedec.


Espanyol, which finished fourth last season, was caught sleeping in the second half when Sporting midfielder Francisco Javier Perez Villarroya smashed a left-footed drive to kickstart Sporting's comeback.


With less than ten minutes to go Sporting equalized with a header from Jose Enrique Velasco and Bango snatched the winner just before the end.


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Diego Maradona, playing what was billed as the last game of his career, scored a goal and led his brother Lalo's Toronto Italia club to a 2-1 victory.


The goal, from a corner kick, came over a group of minor-professional all-stars from the seven-team Canadian National Soccer League.


The convergence of the most famous player of the last 15 years and the nondescript all-stars of a southern Ontario league did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 8,000 fans.


Upon scoring, Maradona was engulfed by fans who attempted to carry away the short, stocky Argentinian.