International Soccer

Eto'o nets hat trick to help Chelsea thrash United

London, England ( - Samuel Eto'o netted a hat trick at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to see Chelsea get a resounding 3-1 win over Manchester United.

United made the brighter start but fell behind in the 17th minute when Eto'o broke the deadlock against the run of play. The Cameroon international danced past Phil Jones with ease before unleashing a shot that took a deflection off of Michael Carrick on its way past David De Gea.

Chelsea failed to create much more in the way of scoring opportunities, but the Blues did manage to add to their lead just before halftime. Eto'o took advantage of some slack defending from United in the 44th minute, drifting inside to get on the end of a low cross and turn in his second of the match.

The Blues effectively sealed the win inside the opening five minutes of the second half with Eto'o again capitalizing on some poor defending from the visitors. A header on frame in the 49th minute was turned away by De Gea, but the rebound fell kindly to Eto'o, who eclipsed Antonio Valencia to pounce on the rebound and complete his hat trick.

The visitors managed to pull one back in the 78th minute when Javier Hernandez beat the offside trap to turn in a wayward shot from Carrick, but the Red Devils failed to gain any momentum from that strike.

United's poor outing was completed in stoppage time when Nemanja Vidic was issued a straight red card for a rash challenge on Eden Hazard, capping a disappointing outing for the seventh-place side.

Chelsea, improving to 49 points to move to stay within two points of first- place Arsenal, gets its fifth successive league win to put an end to United's seven-match road unbeaten run in Premier League play.

Tottenham 3, Swansea City 1

Swansea, Wales - Emmanuel Adebayor continued his scoring tear on Sunday by bagging a brace in Tottenham's 3-1 defeat of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The Togo international has been in fine form since the appointment of Tim Sherwood, and he repaid the manager's faith by opening the scoring in Sunday's affair 35 minutes in.

An own goal from Chico Flores in the 53rd minute put the visitors two goals to the good, but it was Adebayor who stole the show by completing his brace in the 71st minute to put the win beyond any doubt. Wilfried Bony pulled one back for Swansea in the 78th minute, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal.

Tottenham has won four straight in Premier League play to climb to fifth place on 43 points while Swansea, stuck on 21 points, is winless in its last eight league outings.

01/19 13:10:54 ET