The Full 90

Euro Roundup: Liverpool's troubles deepen _ even with new owners

LIVERPOOL, England — An American was celebrating winning the Merseyside derby on Sunday — just not new Liverpool owner John Henry.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard finished off a shutout as Everton won 2-0 over Liverpool to deepen its neighbor's relegation troubles, two days after being bought by the Boston Red Sox ownership group. The loss left the 18-time English champions off the bottom of the Premier League on goal difference and banished any hopes of a quick turnaround.

The Americans purchased the club last week after the ouster of unpopular owners Tom Hicks and George Gilett Jr. and a bitter court battled.

The 214th Merseyside derby was settled by goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta, lifting Everton, which had started the game just a place above Liverpool, to 11th in the standings.

"This would have been the ideal opportunity to really turn things around on the back of the positive entry of the new owners — to win the game would have been utopia," Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said. "There's no point attempting to analyze dreams. We had to play a game."

Liverpool has collected just six points from eight matches.

"We're not trying to disguise the fact this is a predicament," Hodgson said. "For any team to take six points from eight games from the start of a season, is a predicament."

At the top of the table, where Liverpool is more accustomed, second-place Manchester City beat Blackpool, with Carlos Tevez's double and David Silva's curling strike clinching a 3-2 win.

Manchester City took full advantage of Chelsea being held to a scoreless draw by Aston Villa on Saturday to trim the defending champion's lead to two points.


MILAN — Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o responded to racist taunts from Cagliari fans by scoring the only goal as Inter Milan won 1-0.

The Serie A match was stopped in the third minute after some fans insulted Eto'o every time he kicked the ball. The officiating police inspector, Giuseppe Gargiulo, immediately ordered referee Paolo Tagliavento to suspend the match, and the game resumed a few minutes later.

The chants were targeted at Eto'o and came from the northern end of Cagliari's Sant'Elia stadium, where supporters known as "ultras" gather for matches. During the suspension, fans in the rest of the stadium made their anger at the northern end clear.

It was the first time that a game has been stopped for this reason in Italy.

A year ago, Eto'o and former Inter striker Mario Balotelli were subject to similar chanting and Balotelli was also the target of abuse from Juventus and Chievo Verona fans.

Eto'o scored in the 39th minute Sunday, beating Davide Astori on the edge of the area and firing past goalkeeper Michael Agazzi. Eto'o celebrated by dancing with his teammates.

In other matches, Alberto Aquilani scored his first goal for Juventus since joining on loan from Liverpool. Aquilani opened the scoring in the 13th minute as Juventus won 4-0 over Lecce.


BARCELONA, Spain — Ten-man Espanyol hung on for a 1-0 victory over Mallorca, its first road win in the Spanish league, while Athletic Bilbao, Levante and Racing Santander also won.

Luis Garcia's 31st-minute penalty shot proved enough for Espanyol despite the visitors going a man down 4 minutes later, when striker Pablo Osvaldo was red carded.

Athletic snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over winless Zaragoza, while Levante earned its first win at Ciutat de Valencia stadium, 2-1 over Real Sociedad.

Pedro Munitis' first goal in 18 months gave Santander a 1-0 win over Almeria.

Deportivo La Coruna remained without a victory following a 0-0 draw with Osasuna, which picked up its first away point of the season despite playing with only 10 men. Deportivo, which was without Mexico forward Andres Guardado, has won once in its last 20 games.

Real Madrid tops the standings with 17 points following its 4-1 win at Malaga on Saturday. Also, Barcelona beat Valencia 2-1 and both have 16 points.

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 2-0 to improve to 13 points — one better than Espanyol, while Villarreal has 15 points and plays Hercules on Monday to close the seventh round.


FRANKFURT, Germany — Hoffenheim earned its first win in five games when it rallied to beat nine-man Borussia Moenchengldbach 3-2 and jump to fourth place in the Bundesliga.

In an earlier game, Fanis Gekas also scored two goals to help Eintracht Frankfurt beat Kaiserslautern 3-0 for its third straight Bundesliga victory. Alexander Meier, who replaced Gekas late in the game, completed the victory in the 82nd minute.


PARIS — French league leader Rennes drew 0-0 at struggling Lens but extended its lead to two points after second-place Saint-Etienne lost 2-1 at Nice.

Saint-Etienne took an 11th-minute lead through France winger Dimitri Payet's eighth league goal of the season, but Nice took control when Anthony Mounier equalized in the 47th. Chaouki Ben Saada scored the winner in the 67th after coming on as a substitute.

Lorient rallied from a goal down to beat Valenciennes 2-1, and Lyon hosted Lille in Sunday's late game.


GLASGOW, Scotland — Gary Hooper's 89th-minute goal extended Celtic's winning start to the Scottish Premier League season to eight matches with a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.

Hooper put Celtic ahead by sending Mark Wilson's cross into the net from close range in the 13th minute before David Goodwillie leveled with a deflected shot in the 38th.

There was controversy before the late winner when referee Dougie McDonald initially awarded Celtic a penalty after United keeper Dusan Pernis had clashed with Hooper. The referee changed his mind after consulting with assistant Steven Craven.

Glasgow rival Rangers also kept up its 100 percent start against Motherwell on Saturday ahead of next weekend's derby.

The Netherlands

AMSTERDAM — Balazs Dzsudzsak scored one goal and created three others as PSV Eindhoven beat Willem II 4-2 to reclaim top spot in the Dutch league.

Dzsudzsak scored from a third-minute free kick to give PSV the lead before setting up Jeremain Lens, Ibrahim Afellay and Jonathan Reis.

Willem II, which has yet to win this season, replied with Andreas Landgren's first-half effort and Wilfred Bouma's own goal.

Ajax temporarily moved top with a 3-0 win over NAC Breda on Saturday, while defending champion Twente beat Feyenoord 1-0 to maintain its nine-game unbeaten streak.

PSV has 21 points, Ajax has 20 and FC Twente has 19.