Liverpool wins thriller in Premier League
LONDON (AP) — An incident-filled weekend in England was capped Sunday by one of the most dramatic finishes to a Premier League game, with Liverpool beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 thanks to an own goal in the fifth minute of injury time.
Another home win for Atletico Madrid kept the defending Spanish champions in touch with Barcelona in La Liga and Marseille continues to set a fierce pace in France.
Here is a look at the action from Europe’s main leagues:
Liverpool profited from an own goal by Steven Caulker to snatch victory at last-placed QPR after a chaotic finale at Loftus Road.
Four goals were scored in a pulsating final eight minutes - the last unwittingly netted by Caulker, who turned the ball past his own goalkeeper to gift Liverpool a fortunate victory.
A madcap finale began in the 67th minute when QPR defender Richard Dunne put Liverpool 1-0 ahead with his record-extending 10th own goal in the Premier League.
Chile forward Eduardo Vargas equalized twice for QPR, first in the 87th minute with his first Premier League goal and again in the second minute of stoppage time with a header from a corner. That canceled out a goal from Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool’s second straight win lifted it up to fifth place and left QPR bottom on goal difference, increasing the pressure on its manager Harry Redknapp.
Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 in the other game, with Jonathan Walters heading in a 76th-minute winner.
There were 28 goals in seven games in the Premier League on Saturday, including an 8-0 win for Southampton and a four-goal haul for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero,
Sevilla scored twice in the second half to win 2-0 at Elche and rise into second place in the Spanish league after Deportivo La Coruna beat Valencia 3-0 to hand the visitor its first defeat of the season.
Sevilla took control of a drab match with goals by Carlos Bacca and substitute Kevin Gameiro to move past third-place Real Madrid and Valencia and pull to within three points of leader Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid brushed aside Espanyol 2-0 to extend its unbeaten home streak in the league to 24 games and sit behind Valencia in fifth place on goal difference.
The eighth round left five points separating the league’s top five sides before Barcelona visits Madrid next weekend in the first “clasico” match of the season.
Bacca recorded his team-high sixth goal of the campaign in the 59th minute. Gameiro went on in the 61st and 12 minutes later raced forward to head in Denis Suarez’s well-placed cross to secure the points.
Deportivo entered the round in last place after losing four straight, but it rebounded with goals by Lucas Perez and Jose Toche after Jose Gaya scored an own goal to stun Valencia.
Atletico midfielder Tiago Cardoso opened in the 43rd when he floated a header over Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from Gabi Fernandez’s pass.
Atletico has excelled at set pieces under coach Diego Simeone and finished Espanyol off with a corner kick in the 71st, which was headed on by center backs Diego Godin and Jose Jimenez before Mario Suarez tapped the ball home.
Lazio survived strong Fiorentina pressure to come away with a 2-0 victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi for its third consecutive Serie A win.
Antonio Candreva set up both goals for Filip Djordjevic and Senad Lulic as Lazio moved provisionally into sixth place, two points behind AC Milan, which won 3-1 at Hellas Verona.
Keisuke Honda scored in either half to take his tally to six for the season and match Carlos Tevez as top goal scorer. Verona defender Rafa Marques scored a comical own goal for the opener.
Sampdoria remained third despite squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Cagliari, while Palermo beat fellow promoted side Cesena 2-1.
Also, Torino beat Udinese 1-0 and Atalanta defeated Parma by the same scoreline.
Inter Milan hosts Napoli later, with Empoli visiting Genoa.
Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored his 10th league goal in as many games as league leader Marseille beat Toulouse 2-0 to secure an eighth straight win and stay seven points ahead of bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain.
After center half Nicolas Nkoulou put Marseille ahead in the 21st minute with an effort that appeared to come off the top of his shoulder, Gignac made it 11 in 11 for club and country when he finished off a fine one-touch passing move in the 36th.
New coach Marcelo Bielsa has transformed the club, which equaled its record for successive wins in front of 62,000 fans at Stade Velodrome - also setting a new club record for the highest attendance at home.
Hamburger SV drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga but was left to rue missed chances as it remained in the relegation zone.
Hoffenheim forward Anthony Modeste opened the scoring on a counterattack in the 15th minute, shooting though Jaroslav Drobny’s legs after Lewis Holtby lost the ball in midfield.
The home side regrouped and Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalized with a powerful shot past Oliver Baumann in the 34th.
Roberto Firmino struck the post from distance in the 55th for Hoffenheim, the closest either side came to scoring in the second half.
Baumann denied Lasogga and then gathered the rebound from Nicolai Mueller in the 64th, minutes before Lasogga went close from a free kick.
Paderborn was hosting Eintracht Frankfurt later.