Chelsea’s spending in the January transfer window rose to 43.5 million pounds ($71.5 million) as French defender Kurt Zouma became Blues coach Jose Mourinho’s latest signing.
Papiss Cisse scored twice as Newcastle beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 to move level on points with fifth-place Chelsea in soccer’s Premier League.
West Bromwich Albion tied 1-1 at local rival Aston Villa in soccer’s Premier League yesterday, denied a first away win of the season by a Darren Bent goal after 80 minutes.
Liverpool beat Fulham 4-0 to move into second place in English soccer’s Premier League, as a late disputed penalty kick earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw with West Brom.
Manchester United took an early advantage over Chelsea in the Premier League by opening its title defense with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion as the Blues were held 0-0 at Stoke City.
West Bromwich Albion defeated Everton 2-0 to stay unbeaten in English soccer’s Premier League, as Tottenham remained winless after a 1-1 tie with Norwich.
Arsenal returned to the top of English soccer’s Premier League yesterday with a 1-1 draw at West Brom.
West Bromwich beat Liverpool 3-0 and Swansea and Fulham both won 5-0 on the opening day of English soccer’s new Premier League season.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
England rallied for a 1-1 home draw against Ireland in the teams’ first soccer match since their 1995 game was abandoned because of crowd violence.