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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Newcastle Hits Leicester With Shearer Goal Blitz

LONDON -- England captain Alan Shearer produced a memorable 14-minute hat-trick to keep Newcastle United on line for the English premier league title with a dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester City.


After 77 minutes, Newcastle was trailing Leicester 3-1 despite having taken the lead in the third minute. But Shearer stole the points with a dazzling first hat-trick for Newcastle.


First he rifled home a free-kick and then, with seven minutes remaining, he fired through a sea of legs to level the score.


In injury time, he was on hand to take from close range the three points that leave Newcastle in fourth spot, five points adrift of leaders Manchester United.


An 80th minute strike by Frenchman Eric Cantona gave champion Manchester United a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday and kept it top of the premier league.


Cantona slid in at the far post to meet a deep cross from Welsh winger Ryan Giggs just as the match appeared to be heading for a draw.


Southampton threatened to frustrate United when it took the lead through Norway's Egil Ostenstad. He jinked past Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel with a neat dummy after 11 minutes to score his 10th goal of the season.


England defender Gary Pallister connected with a Cantona corner to pull United level eight minutes later and, although United failed to dominate the match against a spirited Saints side, Cantona's goal gave it three points.


Liverpool stayed in touch with United by winning 1-0, thanks to a 75th minute strike from Stan Collymore against a Derby side who played virtually all of the second half with 10 men after striker Darryl Powell was sent off for a reckless challenge on Bjorntore Kvarme.


The Merseysiders move into second spot, a point behind United.


Third-placed Arsenal drew 0-0 at Leeds, while Wimbledon was held 1-1 at home by bottom side Middlesbrough, for whom Brazilian Emerson missed a penalty.


Wimbledon went ahead through a Neil Cox own goal after 22 minutes, but Robbie Mustoe equalized with 15 minutes to play to give Middlesbrough a vital away point in its battle against relegation.


There was also an own goal at White Hart Lane, where Chelsea beat Tottenham, 2-1.


Spurs' England defender Sol Campbell put through his own net after just 50 seconds.


Chelsea, without Gianluca Vialli, who started on the substitutes' bench despite scoring twice in the 4-2 win over Liverpool last weekend, dominated the clash.


Chelsea increased its lead through Vialli's compatriot Roberto Di Matteo. He scored with a stunning 30-meter drive after 53 minutes and before Spurs scored a late consolation goal.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)