Anelka scores twice and Bolton takes third place in England

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November 25, 2006 7:29pm CST
Nicolas Anelka scored two goals and Bolton stunned Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, lifting the Trotters into third place in England behind Manchester United and Chelsea. A French international and former Arsenal player, Anelka scored in first-half injury time and again in the 76th minute. Abdoulaye Faye also scored for Bolton, with Gilberto Silva getting Arsenal's lone goal. Bolton has 24 points -- far behind Manchester United with 34 and Chelsea with 31. Seven teams are in a scramble below the leaders with between 21 and 24 points. Man United and Chelsea play Sunday at Old Trafford in the biggest league game so far this season. Both clubs are coming off 1-0 losses in the Champions League -- Chelsea against Werder Bremen and United vs. Celtic. Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 on Steven Gerrard's 67th-minute goal at Anfield. The victory gave the Reds 21 points, part of the pack chasing the leaders. The Liverpool captain's long drive stretched the Reds' unbeaten home league record to 23 games. Man City has won only one of its last 19 road league games. Man United announced Saturday that 21-year-old striker Wayne Rooney had signed a two-year contract extension to tie him to the club through the 2011-12 season. There were no other details released about the deal. MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Valeri Bojinov scored twice to help Juventus beat Lecce 4-1 and maintain its unbeaten record in Serie B. The 20-year-old Bojinov, who is Juventus' third-string striker, scored in the 64th and 74th minutes. Raffaele Palladino and substitute Paolo De Ceglie scored goals in injury time. Juventus has 24 points and is in second place. Juventus had 12 players unavailable and was forced to field an inexperienced team. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (disqualified), captain Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet and Cristiano Zanetti (all injured) were missing. Juventus is now 10-3-0. In Serie A, Chievo Verona beat visiting Udinese 2-0 for its first win of the season, off two goals from Victor Obinna. In a late game in Serie A, AC Milan faced Messina. GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Aberdeen defeated Dunfermline 3-0, moving into second place in the Scottish Premier League, with two late goals from Darren Mackie. Mackie scored in the 83rd and 85th minutes. Lee Miller scored the other in the 54th minute. Aberdeen improved to 28 points, 12 behind leading Celtic. In other results Saturday, it was: Inverness 0, Hearts 0; Motherwell 4, Falkirk 2. Celtic plays Sunday at Hibernian. Rangers hosts Kilmarnock and can reach 28 points with a win. In the other game, St. Mirren plays at Dundee United. BERLIN (AP) -- Miroslav Klose scored twice and Werder Bremen ended Arminia Bielefeld's eight-match unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win in the Bundesliga. The Germany forward scored in the 29th and 45th minutes, then set up Aaron Hunt's close-range shot in the 75th. Bremen came into the match after beating Chelsea 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. "We played a good match, took off where we left off against Chelsea," Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings said. "That win was important to get us back on track in the Bundesliga." League-leader Schalke beat VfL Bochum 2-1 on Friday. Schalke has 29 points, Bremen 27 and Bayern Munich is third with 26. Bayern won its third straight league game, beating Hamburger SV 2-1. Sebastian Deisler, returning from a sixth knee operation, ignited a second-half rally for Bayern.
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