Posted: Saturday January 12, 2013 2:36 PM

Chelsea routs Stoke to reach 3rd in Premier League

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LONDON (AP) - Chelsea routed Stoke 4-0 Saturday to move into third place in the Premier League, taking advantage of Jonathan Walters' two own goals and missed penalty kick.

Walters headed the ball into his own net on attempted clearances in the second minute of first-half stoppage time and in the 62nd.

Frank Lampard converted a penalty kick in the 65th for his 194th Chelsea goal, moving past Kerry Dixon into sole possession of second place on the club scoring list behind Bobby Tambling's 202. Eden Hazard added a goal from 30 yards in the 73rd as Chelsea became the first Premier League club to win at Brittania Stadium since Sunderland on Feb. 4.

Chelsea (12-4-5) has 41 points and moved past Tottenham (12-6-4), which tied 0-0 at last-place Queens Park Rangers (2-12-8). American midfielder Clint Dempsey entered for Spurs in the 69th.

First-place Manchester United (17-3-1) hosts eighth-place Liverpool (8-6-7) on Sunday, when second-place Manchester City (13-2-6), which trails by seven points, is at sixth-place Arsenal (9-4-7).

Everton and West Bromwich Albion failed to take advantage of Tottenham's slip-up, though, in the fight for Champions league qualification.

Fifth-place Everton (9-3-10) was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Swansea (7-6-9). Seventh-place West Brom (10-9-3) conceded goals to Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak from the 82nd on in a 3-2 loss s at 19th-place Reading (3-12-7), which moved two points clear of QPR.

Aston Villa (4-11-7) dropped into the bottom three with a 1-0 home loss to Southampton, which got a penalty kick by Rickie Lambert in the 34th. Wigan moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

Newcastle tied 0-0 at Norwich and Sunderland beat West Ham 3-0 on goals by Sebastian Larsson, Adam Johnson and James McClean.


PARIS (AP) - Lyon beat Troyes 2-1 to take over the French league lead from Paris Saint-Germain.

Both of Lyon's goals came off corner kicks, with Maxime Gonalons scoring in the 11th minute and Samuel Umtiti in the 75th - Umtiti's first league goal of the season. Benjamin Nivet had tied the score in the 38th.

Lyon (12-3-5) has 41 points, two more than PSG, which was held to a 0-0 tie at home Friday against 18th-place Ajaccio.

Marseille (12-5-2) can moved into first place with a victory Sunday at Sochaux.
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