Cardiff City stuns Manchester City; Tottenham tops Swansea
LONDON (AP) - Cardiff produced a memorable first topflight victory in more than 50 years on Sunday by stunning Manchester City, while Welsh rival Swansea lost at Tottenham.
Fraizer Campbell scored twice to give Premier League debutant Cardiff a 3-2 victory over the 2012 champions, who have spent heavily during the offseason to win the title again
"We'll be the underdogs for a lot of the games this season but, as we showed, we've got great determination and hopefully that'll see us through,'' Campbell said.
Cardiff is in the top division of English football for the first time since the 1961-62 season, gaining promotion in May to ensure there are two Welsh clubs in the Premier League for the first time.
As Cardiff was winning at home, Swansea lost 1-0 at Tottenham.
The blow of Gareth Bale's impending departure to Real Madrid has been softened for Tottenham by opening the season with back-to-back wins.
Roberto Soldado scored the winner from the penalty spot, just as he did in Tottenham's league opener at Crystal Palace last Sunday.
The weekend's blockbuster game doesn't come until Monday night when champion Manchester United hosts Chelsea.
City has already experienced an early setback despite spending more than $140 million and replacing manager Roberto Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini after finishing without a trophy last season.
The scintillating 4-0 rout of Newcastle on Monday already seems to be a distant memory.
Although Edin Dzeko put City in front with a fierce striker seven minutes into the second half, Aron Gunnarsson slotted in Cardiff's equalizer on the hour.
Then Campbell, a former United striker, made his impact.
Peter Whittingham's inswinging corner was misjudged by City goalkeeper Joe Hart, and Campbell pounced at the far post, netting from close range in the 79th.
Campbell's second also came from a corner eight minutes later, evading City defender Pablo Zabaleta to head home.
"We played against a very difficult team. They were with 10 players in their own box and it was very difficult for us to try to score,'' Pellegrini said. "When we scored the first goal I thought we played a bit better after that. But their set pieces decided the match. It was just two corners that decided the game.''
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham was angered not to be awarded a spot kick when Andros Townsend was fouled by Jonjo Shelvey just before half time - a free kick was given despite the offense being committed inside the area.
But when Townsend was tripped by Shelvey again after the break, a penalty was given and Soldado slotted past goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the 58th.
With four goals in three games - including a double in the Europa League on Thursday - Soldado is quickly repaying the 30 million euros ($40 million) Tottenham paid Valencia for him.