Published : 2012-03-26 19:13
Updated : 2012-03-26 19:13
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) ― Papiss Demba Cisse scored twice as Newcastle won 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday to maintain its push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and a Champions League berth.
Cisse scored in the sixth and 34th minutes around Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal on a solo effort in the 12th. Substitute Shane Long scored for the hosts in the 52nd after a defensive mixup.
Cisse has five goals in six league games since joining Newcastle in January from Germany’s Freiburg.
Newcastle (14-8-8) trails fifth-place Chelsea (14-8-8) on goal difference, five points behind fourth-place Tottenham (16-7-7), which is in the last Champions League spot but is winless in five matches.
Rangers prevented Celtic from clinching the Scottish Premier League title, beating its rival 3-2 in a typically heated Old Firm match in which American defender Carlos Bocanegra was among three players ejected.
Three-time defending champion Rangers, who also started American midfielder Maurice Edu, built a 3-0 lead at Ibrox on goals by Sone Aluko in the 11th minute, Andy Little in the 72nd and Lee Wallace in the 77th.
Celtic defender Cha Du-ri was sent off in the 28th for a professional foul and midfielder Victor Wanyama in the 57th for a studs-first lunge. Celtic manager Neil Lennon was dismissed for reportedly abusing match officials at halftime.
Alessandro Del Piero came off the bench and scored in the 70th minute to help second-place Juventus defeat visiting Inter Milan 2-0 and pull within four points of Serie A leader AC Milan.
Martin Caceres scored on a header in the 57th minute for Juventus (15-0-14), a day after AC Milan (19-4-6) defeated Lazio. Each team has nine games left. American midfielder Michael Bradley was a part of both goals as Chievo Verona tied visiting Siena 1-1. Francesco Acerbi put Chievo ahead in the ninth minute following Bradley’s corner kick. Bradley’s header to his own goalkeeper was picked up by Siena’s Mattia Destro, who scored in the 51st minute.
Shinji Kagawa scored two goals and set up two others, helping Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 win at Cologne that extended its club-record league unbeaten streak to 21 games and reopened a five-point lead over second-place Bayern Munich n the Bundesliga.
After Milivoje Novakovic put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, Lukasz Piszczek tied it in the 26th. Kagawa scored in the 47th and 80th, and Dortmund also got goals from Robert Lewandowski in the 52nd and Ilkay Guendogan in the 79th off Kagawa setups, and Ivan Perisic scored in the 84th.
Paris Saint-Germain was held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Bordeaux, ending week that saw it fall into second place in the French league behind Montpellier and get knocked out of the French Cup in the quarterfinals.
Malaga moved into fourth place by rallying for a 2-1 at Espanyol. After Philippe Coutinho’s 24th-minute goal put the hosts ahead, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in the 76th and Martin Demichelis in the 78th as the Andalucians won for the fifth time in six games.