- Associated Press - Sunday, October 24, 2010

LONDON (AP) - Javier Hernandez filled in for the injured Wayne Rooney and scored a pair of goals Sunday, lifting Manchester United to a 2-1 victory at Stoke and into a three-way tie for second place in the Premier League.

Hernandez’s spectacular backward header past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen in the 27th minute and short-range tap-in of Patrice Evra’s cross following a Dimitar Berbatov pass in the 86th gave the Mexican forward five goals in his first season with United, including three in the Premier League. Tuncay Sanli had tied the score with a curling 81st-minute goal.

“I jumped and saw the ball behind me and tried to head it towards the goal,” Hernandez said of his first goal. “I don’t remember doing it in training.”

Chelsea (7-1-1) leads with 22 points, five more than Arsenal (5-2-2), Manchester United (4-0-5) and Manchester City (5-2-2).

Arsenal won 3-0 at Manchester City on goals by Samir Nasri in the 20th minute, Alex Song in the 66th and Nicklas Bendtner in the 88th. Manchester City played a man short after Dedryck Boyata was given a red card for pulling down Marouane Chamakh in the fifth minute. Cesc Fabregas’ 41st-minute penalty kick was saved by Joe Hart.

Liverpool beat visiting Blackburn 2-1 on goals by Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres, offsetting Jamie Carragher’s own-goal. Bought this month by the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool (2-4-3) remains in the relegation zone in 18th place.


UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) _ PSV Eindhoven routed Feyenoord 10-0, scoring eight second-half goals to hand its opponent the biggest margin of defeat in a league match in its 102-year history.

Brazilian forward Jonathan Reis scored three goals and Jeremain Lens and Balazs Dzsudzsakfor two apiece for PSV, which had a man advantage after Kelvin Leerdam was ejected in the 34th for his second yellow card. Orlando Engelaar, Ola Toivonen and Ibrahim Afellay scored on goal each.


ROME (AP) _ Samuel Eto’o scored his 15th goal of the season for Inter in the 80th minute, gaining a 1-1 tie against Sampdoria. Eto’o has a combined 19 goals for Inter and Cameroon this season.

Stefano Guberti had put visiting Sampdoria ahead in the 62nd minute.

First-place Lazio beat visiting Cagliari 2-1 as Sergio Floccari scored in the 21st minute and provided a pass that resulted in Stefano Mauri’s goal in the 53rd. Alessandro Matri scored for Cagliari in the 59th.

Off to the best start in its history, Lazio (6-1-1) has a four-point lead over Inter (4-1-3). AC Milan (4-1-2) is third going into Monday night’s game at Napoli.


MADRID (AP) _ New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi scored his sixth goal of the season, helping Villarreal move into second place in the Spanish league with a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Ruben “Cani” Garcia scored in the ninth minute and Rossi had an impressive individual effort inside the penalty area in the 52d, tucking a shot inside the near post. Rossi has five league goals and one in the Europa League.

Real Madrid (6-0-2) is one point ahead of Villarreal and Barcelona (both 6-1-1), with the Yellow Submarine in second on goal difference.


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Andreas Ivanschitz scored in the 70th minute, two minutes after entering, to give first-place Mainz a 1-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen.

Mainz (8-1) has 24 points, two more than Borussia Dortmund (7-1-1), which tied visiting Hoffenheim 1-1.

Substitute Antonio da Silva curled in a free kick from the edge of the penalty area two minutes into second-half stoppage time. Demba Ba in the ninth minute for the visitors. Dortmund missed a penalty in the first half and failed to set a club record eight straight wins.

Hoffenheim players protested loudly after the final whistle and Sejad Salihovic was given a red card.

In a second-division match involving two American goalkeepers, MSV Duisburg and David Yelldell defeated Karlsruhe and Luis Robles 3-0.


PARIS (AP) _ Defending champion Marseille rallied in the second half on two goals by Loic Remy and one by Lucho Gonzalez for a 3-1 win at Lille to move into second place in the French league.

Rennes (5-1-4) leads with 19 points, one more than Marseille and Saint-Etienne (both 5-2-3).

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3) missed a chance to move into second when it lost 3-2 at home to struggling Auxerre.

Brazilian playmaker Nene scored twice for PSG, but Auxerre (2-5-3) got goals from defender Jean-Pascal Mignot and forwards Roy Contout and Julien Quercia.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Rangers (9-0), with American midfielder Maurice Edu, took advantage of two mistakes and a contentious penalty kick to win 3-1 at Celtic (9-1) and open a three-point lead over its rival at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

The defending champions had trailed on a 45th-minute goal by Gary Hooper but tied it in the 49th on an own-goal by Glenn Loovens.

Kenny Miller scored in the 55th after a weak clearing kick by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and made it 3-1 in the 67th with a penalty kick awarded for a block by Daniel Majstorovic _ even though the defender appeared to be trying to get out of Kirk Broadfoot’s way when he fell to the ground.

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