The Full 90

Torres has miserable Chelsea debut in loss to Reds

LONDON (AP) — Fernando Torres endured a miserable debut for Chelsea on Sunday after losing 1-0 to former club Liverpool, which lost its star striker to the defending Premier League champions six days earlier.

Chelsea's $80 million recruit managed only two meaningful shots before being substituted in the 65th minute at Stamford Bridge.

Within four minutes of the Spain striker leaving the pitch, Raul Meireles scored his fourth goal in five games to complete Liverpool's double over Chelsea this season and give the club a fourth straight league win without giving up a goal.

Gerrard's cross from the right was missed by goalkeeper Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic, who had an angry exchange after colliding in the first half, and the ball reached the far post where Meireles hooked it into the net.

The goal would have made Maxi Rodriguez particularly happy after he missed one of the easiest chances of the season in the 33rd minute. The Argentine winger was unmarked at the far post in meeting Steven Gerrard's low cross in front of an unprotected net, but only managed to hit the ball against the bar.

Battling relegation a month ago, Liverpool is now six points behind Chelsea, which occupies the final Champions League spot.

The fourth-place London club remains 10 points behind leader Manchester United, which lost for the first time this season after going down 1-0 at Wolverhampton on Saturday to lead second-place Arsenal by four points. Manchester City is another point behind in third.

It was Chelsea's 2-0 loss at Anfield in November that started the slump in which the team surrendered top spot and ultimately forced owner Roman Abramovich to sign Torres, the scorer of those goals, as part of a $115 million deadline-day spending spree.

The Spanish World Cup winner started Sunday alongside Didier Drogba, with Nicolas Anelka sitting behind his fellow forwards.

In front of the Liverpool fans who unfurled banners taunting Torres before kickoff, he had a sight of Pepe Reina's goal after only 90 seconds.

But after receiving former teammate Rodriguez's wayward pass, Torres' shot had power but lacked precision, the ball floating well over the crossbar. The visiting support responded by throwing their Liverpool shirts bearing No. 9 Torres on to the pitch.

There was little for them to jeer, however, as Torres was largely anonymous and had to wait another 30 minutes for another opening to be created for him by Didier Drogba. The resulting shot was blocked by Jamie Carragher's intervention.

"We have to give Fernando time to adjust to the shape (of the team)," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said. "The problem wasn't that Torres played ... we had difficulty finding enough space in front because Liverpool defended very well. They put three defenders in the middle, and we didn't find the right way to attack them ...

"We have to work in training to combine with the other strikers, but that's normal."

In Sunday's other match, Birmingham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over bottom-place West Ham.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-1 on Sunday to stay seven points behind league leader Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho's team had to win to maintain a seven-point deficit after Barcelona won their league-record 16th straight game on Saturday.

Madrid responded to the challenge with a convincing performance to stay perfect in 11 games at Santiago Bernabeu stadium this season. With 24 league goals, Ronaldo tied Barcelona's Lionel Messi for the lead.

Kaka opened the scoring in the eighth minute, placing a left-footed shot into the far corner after Sociedad midfielder Gorka Elustondo had erred in clearing a cross and the ball fell to the Brazil playmaker in the area.

A day after his 26th birthday, Ronaldo blasted in the second in the 21st, feinting with his right, before crossing to his left and firing in from outside the area and ending his four-game scoring drought.

The Portugal forward then headed home a corner by Mesut Oezil in the 42nd, and Emmanuel Adebayor capped the win in the 89th with his first league goal since joining Madrid on loan from Manchester City.

Earlier, Sevilla and Malaga drew 0-0 in a dull Andalusian derby. In the late game, Valencia defeated Hercules 2-0.


MILAN (AP) — Napoli beat Cesena 2-0 Sunday to close the gap to Serie A league leader AC Milan to three points.

AC Milan drew 1-1 away to Genoa where Alexandre Pato opened the scoring, but Antonio Floro Flores equalized with his first Genoa goal since joining during the transfer window.

Napoli won at home as Edison Cavani scored in the 13th and Jose Sosa in second-half injury time.

Five-time defending champion Inter Milan beat AS Roma 5-3 and moved into third place, five points off the lead, as Samuel Eto'o scored twice to raise his season total to 27 goals, including 15 in the league. Wesley Sneijder, Thiago Motta and Esteban Cambiasso also scored for Inter.

Fabio Simplicio, Mirko Vucinic and Simone Loria got goals for Roma, which finished a man short after Nicolas Burdisso was ejected for a 62nd-minute foul of Giampaolo Pazzini.


AMSTERDAM (AP) — Defending champion FC Twente wasted a chance to dislodge PSV Eindhoven from the top of the Dutch league Sunday after being held to a 1-1 draw at FC Twente.

ADO The Hague's shock win at PSV on Saturday handed Twente a chance to claim top spot for the first time in 2011.

The two sides are now tied on top with 47 points each, but PSV has a superior goal difference.


PARIS (AP) — Lille missed the chance to move seven points clear at the top of the French league when it conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Auxerre on Sunday.

Lille took the lead in the ninth minute when striker Moussa Sow got his league-leading 15th goal of the season with a brilliant bicycle kick from just inside the penalty area, but Poland defender Dariusz Dudka replied with just four minutes remaining.

The draw means Lille is five points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes, who are second and third respectively.

Also, Moussa Sissoko scored both goals as Toulouse beat struggling Monaco 2-0 at home to climb up to seventh place.


BERLIN (AP) — No goals were scored in the Bundesliga Sunday when Freiburg drew 0-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and the derby between Hamburger SV and St. Pauli was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Freiburg's Papiss Demba Cisse and Frankfurt's Fanis Gekas, the league's second and third-highest goalscorers respectively, both missed chances to add to their goal tally this season.

Freiburg remains unbeaten in seven games and sixth in the standings, 17 points behind leader Borussia Dortmund on 51, and two behind Bayern Munich in fifth. Frankfurt is 10th.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos scraped a 1-0 win over visiting Xanthi after an own goal by defender Olubayo Adefemi on Sunday, maintaining a seven-point lead over defending Greek champion Panathinaikos.

Ten-man Panathinaikos won 1-0 at PAOK to move 13 points clear of its third-place rival.

Also Sunday, Volos beat Atromitos 2-0, Ergotelis defeated Panionios 2-0 and Kavala downed Kerkyra 1-0.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scott Brown kept Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Sunday by securing a 2-2 draw against Glasgow rival Rangers in a fifth-round match that both teams finished with 10 men.

Rangers led twice, with 19-year-old midfielder Jamie Ness netting his first goal for the club after just three minutes.

Kris Commons leveled from Joe Ledley's cutback, but Steven Whittaker restored Rangers' lead from the penalty spot in the 41st after goalkeeper Fraser Forster was sent off for a foul on Steven Naismith.

With 10 men, Brown curled in Celtic's second equalizer in the 65th.

Naismith was also dismissed in the 76th when the Rangers defender was shown a second yellow card after being adjudged to have dived in the penalty area.