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Liverpool Beats Ipswich, Now Leads

February 9, 2002

Michael Owen and Emile Heskey scored two goals each as Liverpool routed Ipswich 6-0 Saturday and took over first place in the English Premier League.

Abel Xavier, making his Liverpool debut, scored the first goal in the 16th minute and Sami Hyypia also connected. Ipswich goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek was replaced early in the second half by Pegguy Arphexad.

Liverpool (15-5-7), which has won four straight, has 52 points and leads on goal difference over Newcastle (16-6-4), a 3-1 winner over Southampton (9-14-3). Alan Shearer scored twice and Laurent Robert once.

Manchester United (16-7-3), which dropped out of first, is one point back in third going into Sunday’s game at Chartlon Athletic (8-8-9). Arsenal (13-3-9), fourth with 48 points, plays Sunday at Everton (7-11-7).

In other games it was Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 1; Bolton 1, West Ham 0; Derby 0, Sunderland 1; Fulham 2, Blackburn 0; Middlesbrough 2, Leeds 2; and Tottenham 2, Leicester 1.

There was one minute of silence before all games in memory of Princess Margaret, who died early Saturday. A small number of fans at Derby disrupted the silence.

In the Scottish Premier League, Henrik Larsson scored three goals as leader first-place Glasgow Celtic beat Dunfermline 5-0.

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