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Chelsea hands Liverpool second straight defeat

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Liverpool dropped its second consecutive Premier League match on Sunday, falling in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds suffered a 2-1 loss to Manchester City on Boxing Day and failed to rebound in ideal fashion, slipping to fifth place in the English top flight behind Sunday's loss as Brendan Rodgers' men stay put on 36 points.

Chelsea is unbeaten in its last three league matches, helping the club maintain third place with 40 points.

Liverpool drew first blood in the third minute of Sunday's affair when Martin Skrtel made the most of some poor set-piece defending from Chelsea to sweep home a loose ball inside the six-yard box.

But Chelsea managed to get back on level terms in the 17th minute when Eden Hazard capped a well-worked move to curl a superb shot into the upper corner from the top of the penalty area.

The Blues took the lead in the 34th minute thanks to a well-taken finish from Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroon international managed to eclipse Skrtel to get on the end of Oscar's low cross and poke a shot past Simon Mignolet for his third Premier League goal of the campaign.

Mamadou Sakho nearly equalized for Liverpool in the 52nd minute when he nodded Jordan Henderson's free kick onto the crossbar, but Chelsea survived the scare to march on to all three points.

Arsenal 1, Newcastle 0

Newcastle, England - Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal regain its position at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday, netting a second-half strike to give the Gunners a 1-0 victory at Newcastle.

Manchester City's 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace saw the Citizens move to the Premier League summit, and when 64 scoreless minutes at St. James' Park made it seem like Arsenal would surrender its first-place position, Giroud nodded a free kick delivery from Theo Walcott past Tim Krul for what proved to be the game-winner.

Arsenal climbs to 42 points through 19 games to stay one point clear of City while Newcastle remains on 33 points, bringing the club's four-game unbeaten run to an end.

Everton 2, Southampton 1

Liverpool, England - Everton bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Sunderland last time out to get a 2-1 win over Southampton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Toffees made a bright start when Seamus Coleman opened the scoring in the ninth minute.

Gaston Ramirez had equalized for the Saints in the 71st minute, but Romelu Lukaku restored Everton's lead three minutes later to push his side to fourth place with 37 points on the season, putting the club 10 points ahead of Southampton.

Tottenham 3, Stoke City 0

London, England - Tottenham continued its unbeaten start under new boss Tim Sherwood by getting a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stoke City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs got off the mark in the 37th minute when Roberto Soldado converted a penalty, but second-half goals from Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon, which came four minutes apart, saw the north London club collect its seventh point in three matches under Sherwood as it improves to 34 points on the season.

Stoke City drops its second straight Premier League contest to remain on 21 points.

12/29 13:10:12 ET

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