Skip to main content

EPL: Chelsea punish Manchester United with Samuel Eto'o treble

January 19, 2014 -- Updated 2222 GMT (0622 HKT)
Samuel Eto'o (center) celebrates with Branislav Ivanovic after completing his hat trick for Chelsea against Manchester United
Samuel Eto'o (center) celebrates with Branislav Ivanovic after completing his hat trick for Chelsea against Manchester United
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Chelsea defeat Manchester United 3-1 with Samuel Eto'o hat trick
  • Victory edges Chelsea to within two points of leaders Arsenal
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wins 100 EPL match in record time
  • Barcelona draw but hold La Liga lead as Paris Saint-Germain pull clear in France

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) -- Chelsea kept the pressure on English Premier League title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City with a dominant victory over Manchester United -- and heaped more trouble on the defending champions.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o grabbed his first hat trick for Chelsea to seal a 3-1 win Sunday which edged Chelsea to within two points of league leaders Arsenal.

Manchester United had started strongly at Stamford Bridge and the opening strike from Eto'o, which took a heavy deflection, came against the run of play.

United pressed on and both Belgian teenage winger Adnan Januzaj and England striker Danny Welbeck came close to equalizing but it was effectively game over when Eto'o pounced again on the stroke of halftime, poking in Gary Cahill's cross.

The pair combined again after the break, with Eto'o dinking in Cahill's rebounded header before dancing away to celebrate his hat-trick.

The home side took their foot off the gas in the closing stages of the match and Javier Hernandez slid in to grab a consolation goal for United.

But United boss David Moyes could only roll his eyes in despair when his captain Nemanja Vidic was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Eden Hazard in the closing seconds of the match.

Chelsea's victory also brought up 100 EPL victories for manager Jose Mourinho in just 142 matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2013 Ballon d'Or
Was Portugal's Eusebio the best ever?
Footballer fights back after cancer

The feisty Portuguese manager might be pleased to know that he has ticked off 100 Premier League wins faster than his old rival Sir Alex Ferguson, who needed 162 matches in charge of Manchester United to reach the milestone.

For United, who are seventh in the table and 14 points off Arsenal's lead, and Moyes, victory over their chief rivals would be tonic enough for now.

"Of course 100 matches is nice, it's one more fantastic thing for my career," Mourinho told broadcaster Sky Sports. "But the most important thing is to win the match.

"It now opens a little gap between us, Man Utd and Liverpool and we are in contact with Arsenal and Manchester City."

Commenting on the title defense, Moyes added: "It's a long way away. We'll never say it's gone for us and we'll do our best to get back in it if we can."

Read: Arsenal hang on to EPL lead

In Sunday's other match, Tottenham moved level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool with a 3-1 away win at Swansea.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice while Swansea defender Chico Flores inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.

Tottenham are unbeaten in the EPL since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas at the helm while Swansea, under the leadership of Michael Laudrup, have now gone eight league games without a win and hover near the drop zone.

Atletico Madrid threw away a golden chance to take the lead in the Spanish league as they settled for a draw with Sevilla.

David Villa found his scoring boots again to fire the home side into the lead only for a rash challenge from Juanfran to undo his good work.

The defender pulled back Sevilla's Carlos Bacca in the box late on and Ivan Rakitic coolly slotted the resulting penalty beyond the reaching fingertips of keeper Thibaut Courtois

Gerard Pique: Shakira is on my iPod
Honeymoon over for Gareth Bale, Madrid

Atletico stay second behind La Liga champions Barcelona, who were also held to a 1-1 draw by Levante.

Loukas Vyntra headed the home side into the lead in the first half only for Gerard Pique to do likewise at the opposite end of the pitch to level the score.

Barcelona, who welcomed star man Lionel Messi back for his first league start of 2014, poured forward but the home side dug in and delivered a defensive display which earned them a share of the points, a result which the Levante home fans joyously celebrated like a victory.

The Spanish league is proving to be as fiercely fought as the EPL with Barcelona and Atletico both on 51 points with Real Madrid one point further back.

At least in France Paris Saint-Germain can bask five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 following a 5-0 thrashing of Nantes.

Brazil centre-back Thaigo Silva opened the scoring for PSG after just 10 minutes and the league's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic soon doubled their advantage from the penalty spot.

Thiago Motta and Edinson Cavani got on the scoresheet before star striker Ibrahimovic sealed the rout.

Monaco ticked off a 2-0 win over Toulouse thanks to goals from Layvin Kurzawa and Lucas Ocampos.

The victory for Claudio Ranieri's men kept them within touching distance of PSG.

"It's an important win but we need to back it up," Ranieri said. "We hadn't played well in our last two matches and it's good for the group's confidence to rediscover winning ways."

Read: Seedorf hangs up his boots

It was an anxious wait for new AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf but the player-turned-coach had Mario Balotelli to thank for making it a winning start to his management career.

The former Manchester City striker stroked home a late penalty, after Kaka was brought down, to seal a 1-0 win over Verona Sunday.

"We dedicate this win to the new coach," said Balotelli. "Because the first game in charge of a team is always difficult."

Milan are 11th in Serie A, which is led comfortably by Juventus from Roma, Napoli and Fiorentina.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
CNN Football Club
Be part of CNN's coverage of European Champions League matches and join the social debate.
Dutch football team head coach Louis van Gaal (L) and Dutch's assistant coach Patrick Kluivert (R) look on before a friendly football match between Belgium and Netherlands in Brussels on August 15, 2012.
Should the Manchester United board have insisted upon a more radical overhaul of the club's football operation when Alex Ferguson stepped down?
April 23, 2014 -- Updated 1326 GMT (2126 HKT)
Sunday Oliseh plays for NIgeria at the 1998 World Cup in France.
When Sunday Oliseh was a young boy, he never dreamed he would one day carry the hopes of 170 million people on football's biggest stage.
April 15, 2014 -- Updated 1523 GMT (2323 HKT)
The 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy, which claimed 96 lives, brought the red and the blue halves of Liverpool together.
CNN's Don Riddell says the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy has caused irreparable damage to the families of the 96 victims and the survivors.
April 11, 2014 -- Updated 1244 GMT (2044 HKT)
The Champions league trophy stands on show during the draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions league at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on March 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Two European heavyweights will collide in the Champions League semifinals after Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were drawn together in Switzerland.
March 24, 2014 -- Updated 1248 GMT (2048 HKT)
West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka looks on during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on January 1, 2014.
England prides itself on being the home of football, but is the nation dysfunctional in dealing with racist abuse?
March 18, 2014 -- Updated 1339 GMT (2139 HKT)
In a city where football is a religion, Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge is fast becoming a deity.
March 4, 2014 -- Updated 1555 GMT (2355 HKT)
"Everyone is scared about war -- they are very nervous," former Ukraine football star Oleg Luzhny says of the rising tensions with Russia.
February 26, 2014 -- Updated 1807 GMT (0207 HKT)
Bayern Munich's present success rests on one key decision, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge tells CNN.
February 18, 2014 -- Updated 0922 GMT (1722 HKT)
Neymar
"More than a Club." It is an image Barcelona has carefully cultivated, but could the controversial deal to sign Neymar sour that view?
February 1, 2014 -- Updated 1825 GMT (0225 HKT)
Affectionately known as "the wise man of Hortaleza," Luis Aragones -- who died aged 75 -- left the legacy of helping Spain's ascension to the top.
ADVERTISEMENT