The Full 90

Euro Roundup: Liverpool shocks Arsenal; Madrid, Barca roll

LONDON — Fernando Torres rediscovered his scoring touch Sunday, netting two goals as Liverpool stunned Premier League leader Chelsea 2-0 and moved into the top half of the standings.

Liverpool's worst start to a season for more than 50 years left the club in the relegation zone last month, but three straight wins have lifted the 18-time champions to ninth.

"We weren't good enough at the start of the season," Torres said. "But we thought from the beginning we needed time to work with a new manager and new players.

"Now we have to show against the teams in the middle of the table, or teams who are not as good as Chelsea, we can play this way —with this intensity and quality."

After the second loss of its title defense, Chelsea is two points ahead of Manchester United and five ahead of third-placed Arsenal, which lost 1-0 to Newcastle with Andy Carroll's header handing the Gunners their third loss of the season.

Manchester City joined Arsenal on 20 points after Mario Balotelli scored twice in a 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion that ended his team's three-match losing streak in all competitions.

On Saturday, Park Ji-sung's double gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton.___

MADRID — Real Madrid maintained its 11-year unbeaten run over Atletico Madrid with a 2-0 victory Sunday that kept it top of the Spanish league despite Lionel Messi's 16th goal of the season inspiring Barcelona to victory at Getafe.

Madrid hasn't lost a Spanish capital derby since 1999 as first-half goals from Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Oezil ensured that streak stretched even longer.

Madrid stayed top of the standings with 26 points from 10 games, one better than Barcelona after the defending champion won 3-1 earlier.___

MALMO, Sweden — Malmo secured its 16th Swedish league title after beating Mjallby 2-0 with first-half goals by Jiloan Hamad and Agon Mehmeti.

Hordes of fans stormed the field at Malmo Stadium to celebrate the team's first title win since 2004.

Malmo came into the game even on points with Helsingborg, but with a superior goal difference. Helsingborg could only manage a 0-0 draw against Kalmar FF in its final game, handing Malmo the title by two points.___

ROME — Marco Borriello and Mirko Vucinic converted penalty kicks and AS Roma beat Serie A leader Lazio 2-0 in a contentious derby, with Lazio protesting it was denied a penalty that could have led to an equalizer.

Each side also hit the goalframe in an entertaining match at the Stadio Olimpico that wasn't decided until the final five minutes.

It was Lazio's second loss of the season and it cut the Roman club's lead to two points following AC Milan's 3-2 win over Bari, with the Rossoneri getting goals from Massimo Ambrosini, Mathieu Flamini and Alexandre Pato.

Lazio has 22 points, Milan has 20 and five-time defending champion Inter Milan has 19 following its 1-1 draw with Brescia on Saturday.

Juventus and Napoli both won and are tied for fourth with 18 points each.

Juventus beat 10-man Cesena 3-1 and Napoli topped Parma 2-0. Edinson Cavani scored both goals to tie Inter's Samuel Eto'o for the league scoring lead.

Cagliari drew 1-1 at Udinese, while Sampdoria drew 0-0 at home.

Alessio Cerci came off the bench and scored his first Serie A goal to lead Fiorentina to a 1-0 win over Chievo Verona.___

PARIS — Lille ended surprise leader Brest's eight-match unbeaten run with a 3-1 win in the French league.

Promoted Brest still tops the standings with 21 points from 12 games, but could relinquish its top spot on goal difference to defending champion Marseille, which plays at bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain later.

Lille strikers Moussa Sow and Gervinho and winger Eden Hazard all scored to secure Lille's fourth win this season.

Brest was unbeaten in the league since a 1-0 loss at Lyon on Aug. 28 and had conceded only three goals before traveling to its northern rival.___

FRANKFURT, Germany — Borussia Dortmund extended its lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 victory at Hannover.

Shinji Kawaga, Lucas Barrios, Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski scored for Dortmund, which also missed a penalty by Nuri Sahin in the 78th minute after Hannover's Karim Haggui was ejected.

Mainz, Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich all lost on Saturday, allowing Dortmund to stretch its lead. Dortmund is also undefeated in 10 games, a streak that includes nine victories.

Juergen Klopp's team has 28 points from 11 games for a four-point lead on Mainz, nine points up on third place Eintracht Frankfurt and a 10-point cushion over five teams on 18 points.

Reigning champion Bayern Munich is ninth with 16 points.___

GLASGOW, Scotland — Rangers returned to winning ways in the Scottish Premier League, staying top of the standings with a 3-1 victory over St. Mirren.

The defending champion, whose perfect start to the season ended with a draw at Inverness, has now won 10 out of 11 matches to hold a one-point lead over Celtic.

Rangers went ahead through Marc McAusland's own goal before Steven Naismith and Kenny Miller also netted. Michael Higdon scored a consolation for St. Mirren from the penalty spot.___

AMSTERDAM — Balazs Dzsudzsak scored twice Sunday to give 10-man PSV a hard-fought 2-1 win at FC Utrecht that kept the Eindhoven club second in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Dzsudzsak opened the scoring in the 25th minute by firing home a rebound after goalkeeper Michel Vorm had saved a header from Ola Toivonen. The Hungary winger then converted a penalty in the 75th after Jacob Lensky was sent off for pulling down Toivonen after the Swede had broken through.

Frank Demouge scored a consolation goal for Utrecht in the 81st.

PSV striker Jonathan Reis was sent off in the 33rd minute for elbowing Alje Schut.

In Amsterdam, third-placed Ajax was defeated for the second time this season, losing 1-0 to ADO The Hague to slip further behind the league leaders.

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