LONDON — Premier League leader Chelsea extended its season-opening winning streak with a 2-0 home win over Stoke on goals by Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba on Saturday, while Arsenal and Manchester United also posted victories to remain close behind.
Malouda opened the scoring for the defending champions in the 31st minute, before Drogba joined the winger on four goals for the season by sealing Chelsea's third successive win with a 77th-minute penalty.
Russia forward Andrey Arshavin scored a 51st-minute goal to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Blackburn. United also stayed unbeaten and two points behind Chelsea after thrashing West Ham 3-0, with Wayne Rooney ending his scoring drought.
England winger Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Arsene Wenger's side in the fourth minute after running onto a through ball by Robin van Persie to slam a low finish into the corner.
Blackburn equalized through on-loan striker Mame Diouf in the 27th, but Arshavin stroked home the winning goal six minutes after the interval.
Rooney had not scored for United or England since March, but slotted home a 33rd-minute penalty, after Ryan Giggs was fouled by Jonathan Spector, to set United on its way against West Ham. Nani and Dimitar Berbatov added second-half goals.
Elsewhere, Tottenham lost 1-0 at home to previously bottom Wigan, Blackpool and Fulham drew 2-2, and Wolverhampton was held 1-1 by Newcastle.Spain: Sevilla beats Levante 4-1 in Spanish league opener
MADRID — Abdoulay Konko scored twice as Sevilla bounced back from recent Supercup and Champions League losses to open its Spanish league campaign with a 4-1 win against promoted Levante Saturday.
Earlier, Joaquin Sanchez scored twice as Valencia beat Malaga 3-1, and Athletic Bilbao beat promoted Hercules 1-0 on the first day of action of the Spanish league season.
On Sunday, Barcelona visits Racing Santander and Real Madrid travels to Mallorca.Italy: Newly promoted Cesena holds Roma 0-0
ROME — Newly promoted Cesena held AS Roma to a 0-0 draw Saturday to mark its return to the top division after a 20-year absence, kicking off the Serie A season.
Cesena's 40-year-old goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli made a series of tough saves against his former club and newly signed Japan left back Yuto Nagatomo and Albania forward Erjon Bogdani threatened Roma's goal.
Earlier, Genoa won 1-0 at Udinese, with Giandomenico Mesto scoring the season's first goal with a bicycle kick.Germany: Mainz comes from three down to stun Wolfsburg
FRANKFURT — Mainz recovered from three goals down to shock Wolfsburg 4-3 on Saturday and spoil the Bundesliga return of Brazilian superstar Diego.
After Edin Dzeko's double, Diego put Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg side 3-0 ahead after half an hour, but Adam Szalai completed a remarkable recovery with the winner for Mainz in the 85th minute.
Schalke's dismal start to the season continued with a 2-1 home defeat by Hannover, but Werder Bremen bounced back from an opening day loss with a 4-2 win over Cologne.
Hamburg also have six points after a 3-1 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Freiburg came back to beat Nuremberg 2-1 on the road.
Promoted side St. Pauli was hosting Hoffenheim later Saturday.France: Toulouse beats Nancy 2-0 for 4th win
PARIS — Midfielders Etienne Capoue and Franck Tabanou scored second-half goals as French league leader Toulouse won 2-0 at Nancy to maintain its perfect start to the new season with a fourth straight win.
Elsewhere, seven-time champion Lyon lost 2-0 at Lorient and Saint-Etienne winger Dimitri Payet scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Lens.
Caen lost 2-0 at home to Brest in Saturday's late game and relinquished second place, dropping down to fifth.Scotland: Rangers goes top
GLASGOW, Scotland — Defending champion Rangers went top of the Scottish Premier League on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 win at home to St. Johnstone and Aberdeen's 1-0 home defeat by Kilmarnock.
In Saturday's other match, Hamilton won 1-0 at Inverness.
Celtic, the third team to be on six points after two games, is away at Motherwell in one of three matches on Sunday.