Unlucky Lions lick the dust in Rize duel

Jose Mourinhoand’s future at Chelsea was pushed further under the spotlight on Saturday when the manager, absent through a stadium ban, may have watched in solitary misery as the champions lost yet again at Stoke City.
On a day when Jamie Vardy kept his amazing scoring exploits going for Leicester City to help Claudio Ranieriand’s side join Manchester City and Arsenal on 25 points at the top of the Premier League, the latest crisis for Mourinho still eclipsed all else. The Portuguese had said his one-match suspension might force him to watch the match on a street corner on his iPad but, if media reports that he saw it at a nearby hotel are to be believed, Marko Arnautovicand’s 53rd-minute volley in Stokeand’s 1-0 home win will have made for wretched viewing. The defeat dropped Chelsea to fifth from bottom. Leicester became unlikely bedfellows with giants Manchester City and Arsenal at the top as Vardy hammered home a 65th-minute penalty to score for the ninth consecutive league match and secure a 2-1 victory over Watford. Manchester United kept up the pressure on the pacesetters when a terrific goal from youngster Jesse Lingard helped them to a 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, putting the Old Trafford club within a point of the leaders. West Ham United missed the chance to close on the leaders after Romelu Lukaku scored against the Hammers at Upton Park to earn Everton a 1-1 draw after on-loan Argentine Manuel Lanzini had put the home side ahead. Sunderlandand’s struggles at the foot of the table continued as Southampton earned a deserved 1-0 triumph at the Stadium of Light, Dusan Tadic hammering home a 69th-minute penalty. Newcastle earned an important and highly improbable 1-0 victory at Bournemouth. Norwich City pulled clear of the danger zone with a 70th-minute Jonny Howson header clinching a 1-0 win at home to Swansea City.
h2 Teen keeper excels for Milanh2 AC Milanand’s winning streak was ended by Atalanta in a 0-0 draw at home in Serie A, though 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was crucial to the Rossoneri earning a point. Milan, which had won its previous three matches, moved provisionally to fifth. Atalanta was up to seventh before Sundayand’s matches. Earlier, Bologna won 2-0 at fellow struggler Hellas Verona in what was already billed as a relegation fight, even at this early stage of the season.
h2 Valencia vanquishes Celtah2 Spain striker Paco Alcacer and Dani Parejo scored twice each to lead Valencia to a commanding 5-1 victory at Celta Vigo that its beleaguered coach hopes will mark a turning point for his inconsistent Spanish league side. The scoring duo also combined for good passing moves against a third-place Celta side that failed to convert a steady stream of scoring chances during the first hour. Elsewhere, Eibar continued its surprising season by remaining in sixth place, just above Valencia, with a 3-1 win over visiting Getafe. Rayo Vallecano also got two early goals from Javi Guerra before defender Ze Castro earned his second booking in the 20th, but the hosts held on for a 2-1 win over strugglers Granada. Lucas Perez scored his seventh goal of the season for Deportivo La Coruna before Victor Camarasa salvaged a 1-1 draw for bottom side Levante with a free kick.
h2 Bayern back to winning waysh2 Thomas Mueller starred as Bayern Munich got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 rout of Stuttgart on Saturday. The home side needed 11 minutes to break the deadlock on a counterattack after a Stuttgart corner. Mueller sent Douglas Costa on his way and the Brazilian crossed for Arjen Robben, who appeared to score with his stomach. Andre Schubertand’s six-game winning start in charge of Borussia Moenchengladbach ended in a bad-tempered scoreless draw with Ingolstadt. Referee Marco Fritz issued nine yellow cards including two for and’Gladbach captain Granit Xhaka, who was sent off in the 86th.
Dominic Maroh was the hero for Cologne, which defeated Rhine rival Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 away. Darmstadt drew 1-1 with Hamburger SV in the late game.
h2 Ibra score braceh2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two more as Paris Saint-Germain resumed its domestic dominance, crushing Toulouse 5-0 to move 11 points clear of Caen at the top of the French league. PSG squandered a host of chances in a 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday — its first defeat this season — but took only six minutes to find the net as winger Angel Di Maria scored in a second successive league game. Lorient moved up to sixth place after beating last-place Troyes 4-1 with striker Benjamin Moukandjo scoring twice to join Ibrahimovic at the top of the scoring charts – one ahead of Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi. Elsewhere, 38-year-old Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton scored a last-minute winner as Montpellier beat Nantes 2-1 to move out of the relegation zone. Also it was: Lille 1, Bastia 1 and Reims 1, Ajaccio 2.

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