Chelsea ride high

LONDON - Chelsea stayed top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge yesterday while Liverpool kept pace after an astonishing comeback earned them a 3-2 win at Manchester City.

LONDON - Chelsea stayed top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge yesterday while Liverpool kept pace after an astonishing comeback earned them a 3-2 win at Manchester City.

First half goals by Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka steered Chelsea to a routine win and put them on 17 points from seven matches, the same as Liverpool who trailed 2-0 before a Fernando Torres double and Dirk Kuyt's stoppage time winner.

Cole's shot beat Brad Friedel and Anelka doubled the lead before half-time when he tapped in from close range.

l Other results: Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0; Portsmouth 2, Stoke City 1; Bolton Wanderers 3 West Ham 1; Evaton 1 Newcastle 1. - Reuters

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