Man U slips further from elite with Chelsea loss


LONDON (AP) -- Samuel Eto'o capitalized on a slack defense for his first Chelsea hat trick in a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday that further underlined the struggles of the Premier League champions under David Moyes.

United has seven league losses and is not only 14 points behind leader Arsenal but six points from the fourth Champions League spot.

"We won't throw the towel in until we can't get there," Moyes said. "The job is to try and finish first. I will keep trying to do that."

For Jose Mourinho, it was his 100th Premier League win and it kept Chelsea within two points of first. Eto'o, a Cameroon striker who joined the club during the summer transfer window, scored in the 17th, 45th and 49th minutes. Javier Hernandez scored for United in the 78th minute.

"I'm very happy," Eto'o said in French. "My career wouldn't have been as beautiful if I hadn't gone to Chelsea."

United slumped to its fourth loss in five games in all competitions at the start of 2014. To add to its troubles, Moyes faces three matches without Nemanja Vidic after his captain was sent off in stoppage time for lunging at Eden Hazard.

In the uneasy transition since Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson after the team won its 20th English title in May, even staying in the top-four elite could be beyond United.

The club is already out of the FA Cup, and the second-tier League Cup has taken on greater importance. United needs to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Sunderland in the second leg of their semifinal Wednesday.

There is no sign of United dismissing Moyes. But changing managers has revitalized Tottenham, with Tim Sherwood collecting 16 out of 18 points since replacing Andre Villas-Boas last month.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice in a 3-1 victory over Swansea. Tottenham is even on points with fourth-place Liverpool but behind on goal difference in fifth. Swansea is three points above the relegation zone.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona's potent attack led by Lionel Messi was held to a 1-1 draw at Levante, leaving the door open for Atletico Madrid to move ahead at the top of the Spanish league.

Atletico entered its game later against Sevilla one point behind the defending champions.

Levante went ahead on Loukas Vyntra's 10th-minute header, and its staunch defense did enough to take a measure of vengeance for the 7-0 thrashing Barcelona dealt the team in the season opener.

Gerard Pique tied it for Barcelona in the 19th, but the champions couldn't prevent a second straight draw.

Real Madrid is one point behind after it routed Real Betis 5-0 on Saturday.


PARIS (AP) -- Monaco won 2-0 at Toulouse in the French league to temporarily go two points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain.

Layvin Kurzawa and Lucas Ocampos provided the goals for Monaco. PSG was to play Nantes later Sunday.


MILAN (AP) -- Fiorentina moved three points behind Napoli in the race for third place and the final Champions League berth after the Naples club was held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Bologna.

Napoli was on the verge of victory after goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon, but Rolando Bianchi scored his second of the game in the final minute.

Fiorentina defeated Catania 3-0. Inter Milan lost 1-0 at Genoa for its third defeat in five league matches.