Liverpool 1 - 0 Portsmouth

Liverpool maintained their three-point lead over Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League as a blunder by Papa Bouba Diop marred Tony Adams's first match as Portsmouth manager.

The visitors were hanging on to a goalless draw at Anfield on Wednesday when Diop handled in the box 14 minutes from time to give away a penalty. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard beat former Reds keeper David James from the spot as Rafael Benitez's men backed up their win away to Chelsea.

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Hull City 0 - 3 Chelsea

Normal service was resumed as Chelsea responded to their defeat against leaders Liverpool by beating Hull City 3-0 away on Wednesday and bringing the home side back down to earth after their excellent start to the English Premier League season.

The outcome at the KC Stadium was never in doubt after an early goal from Frank Lampard. Further strikes from Frenchmen Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda were scant reward for Chelsea's domination. Luiz Felipe Scolari's may have started the game level on points with Hull, but there was a massive class gap between the two teams.

Hull had not conceded a goal for 309 minutes going into the game. It was an impressive record that they managed to extend until only the third minute of this match.

Manchester United 2 - 0 West Ham United

Cristiano Ronaldo was back in the groove as the Manchester United winger inspired a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday.
Ronaldo struck twice in the first half at Old Trafford to take his goal tally to five for the season and finally recapture the form that made him English football's Player of the Year last season.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made five changes from the side held to a draw at Everton last weekend, the most notable being the omission of Wayne Rooney at the expense of Carlos Tevez, who was given his first start alongside Dimitar Berbatov in a two-pronged attack against his former club.

Arsenal 4 - 4 Tottenham

Tottenham took a 13th minute lead in spectacular fashion when, from fully 40 yards out, England midfielder David Bentley flicked the ball up and lobbed a swerving volley over the head of Manuel Almunia.

However the Gunners equalised in the 37th minute when Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was beaten to the ball from a corner by the head of former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre. William Gallas, Arsenal's other France centre-half, made it 2-1 for the home side a minute after the break he headed in Robin van Persie's free-kick. Van Persie's precise long pass released Samir Nasri who in turn lobbed Gomes before striker Emmanuel Adebayor bundled the ball home.

Spurs striker Darren Bent scored in the 67th minute following an Almunia error but barely 60 seconds later Arsenal's two-goal lead was restored by Dutch striker van Persie after Adebayor seized on a loose pass from Spurs defender Alan Hutton. But another defensive error saw Spurs's Jermaine Jenas storm forward before curling a shot past Almunia in the 89th minute. And there was still time for Aaron Lennon to give the visitors a share of the spoils. FIFA


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