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Spurs stay perfect with third victory

AARON Lennon fired a 79th-minute winner as Tottenham Hotspur won 2-1 at West Ham United yesterday to make it three wins from its first three games of the English Premier League season.

A year after Spurs captured only two points from their first eight games, Harry Redknapp's team now has a maximum of nine from three to lead the table, followed by five clubs on six points, including Chelsea which was playing at Fulham later in another London derby.

Spurs defender Ledley King headed against the bar in the 30th from a free kick by Luka Modric before the Hammers went ahead in the 49th, Carlton Cole scoring with a 25-meter, left-foot volley.

Jermain Defoe equalized in the 54th against his former club, racing onto a poor back pass by Cole to fire home his sixth goal in four games, including two for England.

Lennon captured all three points for Spurs when he dispossessed Jonathan Spector near the corner of the area and scored with a left-foot shot.

In Saturday's games, defending champion Manchester United won 5-0 at Wigan Athletic with Michael Owen scoring his first goal for the club and Wayne Rooney adding two and Arsenal maintained its strong start to the season with a 4-1 victory over Portsmouth.

Manchester City joined Arsenal and United on six points with a 1-0 home win over promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers while Sunderland also earned its second win, coming from a goal down to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1.

In France, Olympique Lyon produced a commanding performance to claim a 3-0 victory at Auxerre and move top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.

The seven-time champion, trying to regain the title it lost to Girondins Bordeaux in May, turned on the goal power against Auxerre, with France defender Jean-Alain Boumsong and Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun putting it 2-0 ahead at the interval before Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic wrapped up the win.

Lyon moved into first place, level on seven points with Paris Saint Germain and Marseille. PSG won 3-2 at Valenciennes while Marseille was held 1-1 at Stade Rennes.


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