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Soccer: Nine-man Chelsea loses 4-2 to Man City at home

LONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and Manchester City ended the English Premier League leader's 38-match unbeaten home streak by winning 4-2 on Saturday.

Julian Belletti and Michael Ballack both were sent off and Chelsea missed a chance to extend its one-point lead over defending champion Manchester United with 10 matches to go.

After Frank Lampard fired Chelsea ahead, Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy each scored twice for City. Lampard scored another in the 90th minute from the penalty spot, but it couldn't prevent Chelsea losing for the first time in all competitions at Stamford Bridge since going down to Arsenal in November 2008.

Third-place Arsenal closed the gap on Chelsea to three points by rallying to beat 10-man Stoke 3-1 in a late match. Aaron Ramsey is set to be out for the long term after a tackle from Ryan Shawcross resulted in the Stoke defender's dismissal and left the Arsenal midfielder possibly facing surgery.

By completing its first league double over Chelsea since 1957, City moved back into fourth place and relieved the pressure on manager Roberto Mancini, who had won just four of his past 11 games before prevailing in west London.

Also Saturday, Portsmouth beat Burnley 2-1 one day after being the first Premier League club to be forced to seek bankruptcy protection. Bolton climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton and Birmingham kept its European hopes alive by beating Wigan by the same score.

All the intrigue Saturday was focused on the clash of the league's two wealthiest clubs — Chelsea and Man City — and the ill-feeling between Wayne Bridge and Chelsea captain John Terry.

They came face to face for the first time since allegations surfaced about an affair between Terry and the mother of his former Chelsea teammate's son. In the pre-match fair play formalities, Bridge refused to shake hands with Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy as a result of his affair with Vanessa Perroncel.

For Bridge, ensuring City finishes in the top four and qualifies for the Champions League became the priority after the left back announced his international retirement on Thursday, saying his position in the England team was "untenable."

City has a three-point lead over Tottenham and is an extra point ahead of Liverpool, with the trio having all played 27 matches.

FRANKFURT (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen set the Bundesliga record for the best start to the season, remaining unbeaten after 24 games following a 0-0 draw against Cologne.

But only one point at home against a team hovering above the relegation zone could hurt Leverkusen's hopes of winning its first championship.

Leverkusen has 50 points, one more than Bayern Munich, which hosts Hamburger SV on Sunday.

By remaining undefeated in its first 24 games this season, Leverkusen broke the record of 23 set by Bayern in the 1988-89 season. Bayern's coach then was Jupp Heynckes, who is now in charge in Leverkusen.

Cacau scored both goals in Stuttgart's 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt to bring his total to seven goals in eight days.

In other matches, Werder Bremen won 2-1 at 10-man Mainz, Hoffenheim won 2-0 at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 1-1 with Freiburg and Bochum was held to a 0-0 draw by Nuremberg.

MADRID (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals and set up another as Real Madrid beat Tenerife 5-1 in the Spanish league to put pressure on Barcelona.

The Argentina forward hit a first-time shot with his left foot from Marcelo's pass to score in the 29th minute. He added his 16th league goal of the season from the edge of the area in the 42nd, from Ezequiel Garay's assist.

Earlier, Humberto Suazo scored twice as 17th-place Zaragoza beat eighth-place Getafe 2-0. Although Tenerife is languishing in the relegation zone, Madrid famously lost last-round games at Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez Stadium in 1992 and '93 to lose the league title on the final day.

PARIS (AP) — Lisandro Lopez scored his 11th goal of the season as Lyon beat Nice 2-0 in the French league.

Mathieu Bodmer's stoppage-time cross into the box caused confusion between Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Nice defender Onyekachi Apam, who scored an own-goal.

In other matches, Monaco beat Boulogne 1-0, last-place Grenoble won 2-0 at Nancy, Toulouse downed Lens 1-0, Valenciennes defeated Saint-Etienne 1-0 and Lorient beat Sochaux 1-0.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Vieirinha scored two goals and set up another for Vladan Ivic as PAOK won 3-0 at Xanthi in the Greek league.

Also Saturday, it was: Asteras 0, Iraklis 4 and AEK Athens 1, Ergotelis 0.