United beats QPR, exposing task facing Redknapp

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 10:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — Manchester United moved back into the Premier League lead, rallying at home to beat last-place Queens Park Rangers 3-1 and exposing the task facing new Hoops manager Harry Redknapp.

With Redknapp was watching from the stands hours after replacing the fired Mark Hughes, Jamie Mackie put QPR (0-9-4) ahead in the 52nd minute. But Jonny Evans tied the score in the 64th, Darren Fletcher put United ahead four minutes later and Javier Hernandez scored in the 71st.

United (10-3), which lost at Norwich last weekend, is two points ahead of defending champion Manchester City (8-4), which plays Sunday at Chelsea (7-2-3).

"We played for 10 or 15 minutes," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "That was the sum total of our real performance from Manchester United. Of course it is frustrating we keep ending up in that position, but when they scored it definitely sparked us up."

West Bromwich Albion (8-3-2), off to its best top division start since 1953, won 4-2 at Sunderland for its fourth straight victory. Zoltan Gera, Shane Long, Romelu Lukaku and Marc-Antoine Fortune scored for the Baggies, with Long stripping the ball from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and scoring after Mignolet failed to hold onto Chris Brunt's soft two-hop through ball.

Wigan's Ali Al Habsi also had a howler in a 3-2 home win over Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu's shot deflected off Wigan's David Jones and bounced high in the air. Standing by the goal line, Al Habsi jumped and tipped the ball off the bottom of the crossbar. It rebounded off the goalkeeper and into the net, tying the score 2-all. Jordi Gomez scored his third goal of the game in the second minute of injury time, giving Wigan a 3-2 win.

Everton (5-3-5) is three points behind Chelsea after being held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich.

Steven Naismith's 12th-minute goal put the Toffees ahead, Sebastien Bassong beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard with a header in the 90th minute..

Charlie Adam scored his second goal of the season for 11th-place Stoke in a 1-0 victory over Fulham.

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan had his third shutout in 11 Premier League games since replacing Shay Given, helping Aston Villa tie visiting Arsenal 0-0. The Gunners (5-3-5) are sixth, one point behind Everton.

Some Arsenal fans at Villa Park chanted "You don't know what you're doing" at manager Arsene Wenger as Olivier Giroud was replaced with Francis Coquelin toward the end.

"I don't want to comment on that. I do my job and do my best for the club," Wenger said. "I leave it to you to judge. I try to be as good as I can be. Is it hurtful? Look, I have managed for 30 years at the top level and I have to convince you I can manage the team?

"How many games have you managed? I promise you if you manage one I will sit in the stands and chant, 'You know what you are doing!'"

In the fourth tier, American Jon-Paul Pittman scored a tiebreaking goal in the 79th minute to give Oxford United a 2-1 win over Northampton Town.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Benat Etxebarria picked up a poor clearance by Angel Di Maria, dribbled around Sami Khedira and beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a right-footed shot from 23 yards in the 17th minute, giving Real Betis a 1-0 upset of visiting Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

Real Madrid (8-3-2) was defeated by Betis for just the second time in 22 meetings since September 2001 following a 2-1 loss in February 2008. The defending champions are eight points behind first-place Barcelona (11-0-1), which plays Sunday at Levante.

The largest deficit ever overcome by a team that went on to win La Liga was eight points by coach Rafa Benitez's Valencia in 2004.

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PARIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his return from a suspension to help Paris Saint-Germain get back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory over struggling Troyes.

Maxwell and Blaise Matuidi had given PSG a comfortable lead before Ibrahimovic scored in the 70th and 89th minutes, giving him 12 league goals this season. PSG won for the first time in four league games following two losses and a draw.

PSG (7-2-5) had slipped to third place after losing to Rennes last weekend but regained the lead pending the rest of the weekend's schedule.

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PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fabrizio Miccoli marked his return from injury with his 100th Serie A goal as Palermo beat Catania 3-1 for only its second win in eight top-division Sicilian derbies.

Miccoli, who was making his first appearance after three weeks out, gave Palermo the lead in the 10th minute. Josip Ilicic added goals in the 49th and 60th minutes, the second after a half-field run.

Francesco Lodi scored on a free kick for Catania in the 70th.

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BERLIN (AP) — Mario Gomez returned from ankle surgery and scored seconds into his Bundesliga season debut to wrap up a 5-0 win for first-place Bayern Munich over Hannover.

Gomez left a Hannover defender sprawling and beat goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler from a tight angle in the 67th minute, 27 seconds after coming on for only his second appearance since ankle surgery in August.

Bayern (11-1-1) is nine points ahead of second-place Borussia Dortmund (7-2-4), which came from behind to win 2-1 at Mainz for the defending champion's third win in a row. Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt are 10 points off the lead after tying 1-1. American midfielder Jermaine Jones got his fifth yellow card of the season for Schalke, his third in the Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen hung on for a 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg, where all the attention was on Klaus Allofs, the former Bremen manager of 13 years who left to join Wolfsburg 10 days ago.

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PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fabrizio Miccoli marked his return from injury with his 100th Serie A goal as Palermo beat Catania 3-1 for only its second win in eight top-division Sicilian derbies.

Miccoli, who was making his first appearance after three weeks out, gave Palermo the lead in the 10th minute. Josip Ilicic added goals in the 49th and 60th minutes, the second after a half-field run.

Francesco Lodi scored on a free kick for Catania in the 70th.

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GLASGOW (AP) — Celtic slumped to a surprise 1-0 home loss to Inverness, missing a chance to strengthen its grip on the Scottish Premier League.

Billy McKay's second-half goal ensures Celtic (7-3-4) is only a point ahead of Aberdeen and Hibernian, although the Glasgow club has a game in hand.

Aberdeen moved into second place after Niall McGinn's goal secured a 1-0 win at Hibernian, which dropped to third on goal difference.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — American forward Charlie Davies received a red card in stoppage time of Randers' 1-0 loss to Aalborg on Friday night.

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