Torres scores late to give Chelsea win over City

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- Fernando Torres capped an impressive attacking display for Chelsea, seizing on Manchester City's defensive blunder in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

After Chelsea substitute Willian launched the ball forward, defender Matija Nastasic headed the ball back toward his goal - not realizing goalkeeper Joe Hart had come off his line. Torres sprinted past the pair and slotted the ball into the empty net for his first Premier League goal this season.

''I don't think this is the moment to say who is to take (blame),'' City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. ''They scored the goal, and we will analyze it in the week.''

The second half began badly for Chelsea when Sergio Aguero canceled out Andre Schuerrle's opener, which had been set up by Torres. But Torres' late winner ensured Chelsea (6-1-2) ended the weekend two points behind first-place Arsenal (7-1-1) with a third straight win.

Tottenham (6-2-1) is a point behind Chelsea and Liverpool after beating Hull 1-0. Sunderland climbed out of last place with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle in the northeast derby, with American forward Jozy Altidore assisting on Fabio Borini's tiebreaking goal in the 84th minute. The day's other game saw Swansea and West Ham draw 0-0.


MILAN (AP) - American midfielder Michael Bradley scored his first goal for Roma in more than a year, a 22-yard right-footed strike in the 82nd minute that lifted Roma to a 1-0 victory at Udinese for its record-setting ninth straight win at the start of the Serie A season.

Bradley entered in the 77th minute for Marco Borriello, his first game action since spraining his left ankle Sept. 6 during pregame warmups at the United States' World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica. Kevin Strootman was given too much time on the ball and he spotted the run of Bradley, who scored from the top of the penalty arc on his first touch of the match.

Bradley's only previous goal for Roma was in a 2-0 win over Atalanta on Oct. 7 last year.

Roma played a man short following Maicon's ejection in the 66th minute for his second yellow card.

Juventus won its first eight games in 1930-31 and 1985-86. It also won nine straight matches to start 2005-06 but was stripped of its title-winning season for its role in a match-fixing scandal.

''At the end it was three deserved points, we really gave everything,'' Bradley said. ''This is a team which has great desire and determination. Last year didn't go how we wanted it to, now it's going a bit better. We're working every day to improve and we're not thinking about the statistics.''

Elsewhere, Gonzalo Higuain converted two controversial penalty kicks to help Napoli beat Torino 2-0, and Juventus defeated Genoa 2-0 on goals by Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez.

Marco Parolo scored on the last kick of the match to give Parma a 3-2 victory over visiting AC Milan, which had overcome a two-goal defeicit.


American forward Terrence Boyd scored in the 88th minute, giving Rapid Vienna a 1-0 win at Austria Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Boyd has seven league goals this season.


U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored in the first minute, and Anderlecht held on for a 1-1 draw at home against Standard Liege in the Belgian league.

Kljestan scored off a corner kick, giving him five league goals this season.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Teenager Oliver Torres scored 13 seconds into his first start for Atletico Madrid and David Villa added two goals in a 5-0 rout of Real Betis.

Atletico (9-1) is one one point behind league-leading Barcelona (9-0-1), which won 2-1 at home Saturday against third-place Real Madrid (7-2-1)

Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and set up the opener as fourth-place Villarreal (6-2-2) rolled past Valencia 4-1.


BERLIN (AP) - Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann made three mistakes that presented visiting Hamburg with a 3-0 win in the Bundesliga.

Baumann misjudged a long ball from Milan Badelj and failed to clear after emerging outside the penalty area, allowing Maximilian Beister to open the scoring in the 37th minute.

Two minutes after the interval, Baumann again found himself outside the penalty area for Rafael van der Vaart's hopeful punt forward. The goalkeeper waited, then fumbled and Pierre-Michel Lasogga swooped to fire into the empty net.

Baumann also spilled Beister's straightforward shot to let Van der Vaart score in the 63rd.

Freiburg remains second from bottom, one of two sides yet to win after 10 rounds of the Bundesliga. Hamburg climbs to 12th after two wins and two draws since Bert van Marwijk was appointed coach.

Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 to move fourth, nine points adrift of the top three.


PARIS (AP) - Radamel Falcao scored his eighth goal of the season as Monaco beat struggling Lyon 2-1 to keep the pressure on Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league.

PSG, which is unbeaten in 28 games, has a better goal difference and only needs a draw away to Saint-Etienne later Sunday to regain top spot from Monaco.

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