LONDON (AP) — Liverpool maintained its strong play under new American ownership, defeating Bolton 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday on an 86th-minute goal by Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez.
Liverpool won its second straight league game and advanced six spots to 12th place, three points behind fifth-place Tottenham. Chelsea is in first by five points after beating Blackburn 2-1 on Saturday.
Since being taken over by New England Sports Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool has won two of its three league matches and drew at Napoli in the Europa League.
Rodriguez scored after receiving a back flick from Fernando Torres and poked the ball past Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Bolton could have taken the lead earlier, but a long volley by U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden was saved by Pepe Reina.
Elsewhere, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel made excellent saves in Aston Villa to a 0-0 draw against Birmingham. Friedel was busy in the first half, keeping out two shots by Keith Fahey. Villa came close to winning when Ashley Young hit the post in the final minute. Villa has 12 points, one ahead of Birmingham, but has won only once in the league since August.
Kevin Nolan scored a hat trick and Shola Amoebi netted twice for Newcastle, which routed 10-man Sunderland 5-1. ___
MADRID (AP) — New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi scored on a penalty kick deep into injury time, allowing Villarreal to salvage a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon and stay close to first-place Real Madrid in the Spanish league.
American forward Jozy Altidore entered for Villarreal in the 71st minute, replacing Ruben "Cani" Garcia. It was Altidore's first Spanish league appearance since Dec. 14, 2008, at Sevilla. Altidore managed few touches and had no shots on goal.
Rossi scored after Carlos Marchena was tugged down inside the Sporting area. Rossi beat Juan Pablo Colinas in the 94th minute for his sixth goal of the season.
Gonzalo Rodriguez handled the ball inside the penalty area to set up Sporting's goal. Diego Castro scored with a 69th-minute penalty kick.
Villarreal is three points behind Madrid, which beat Hercules 3-1 on Saturday to stay top on 23. Barcelona trails by one point after routing Sevilla 5-0. On Sunday, Deportivo La Coruna picked up its first win of the season, downing Espanyol 3-0. ___
ROME (AP) — Andre Dias scored to give 10-man Lazio a 1-0 victory at Palermo, stretching its lead in the Italian league to four points.
Lazio leads with 22 points. Inter Milan, which beat Genoa 1-0 on Friday, is second with 18 and AC Milan is a further point behind after losing 2-1 to Juventus on Saturday. All three have played nine games.
Dias scored in the 27th minute from a Mauri's curling free kick to the far post.
Napoli beat Brescia 1-0 away, needing a late goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi to break the deadlock.
Sampdoria ended a turbulent week in which the club suspended striker Antonio Cassano by winning 1-0 on the road against Cesena. Giampaolo Pazzini scored a late winner during injury time off Guido Marilungo's pass. ___
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund overtook Mainz for first place in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 away victory. Dortmund became the first team in Bundesliga history to win its first five away games of the season.
Mario Goetze scored in the first half and set up Lucas Barrios' goal in the second to help his team open a one-point lead over Mainz, which failed to convert a penalty kick.
Hoffenheim beat Hannover and American defender Steve Cherundolo 4-0 to move into third place. It is seven points behind Dortmund, which leads with 25. Hannover dropped from third to sixth. ___
PARIS (AP) — Lille's winless run in the French league stretched to three games after it was held to a 1-1 draw at Valenciennes.
The showcase game between Marseille and Rennes, originally scheduled for Saturday, was again postponed after torrential rain flooded the field at Stade Velodrome.
Rennes is second in the league, two points behind Brest, which has 21 points. Defending champion Marseille is third with 18 points.