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Strong second half sees Chelsea drop Southampton

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Chelsea put in an exceptional second- half performance on Sunday to come away with a 3-1 victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

In two matches against the Saints in league play last season, Chelsea could only manage a draw and a defeat, and it appeared it could be headed in the direction again on Sunday as Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring for the Saints just 13 seconds into the match.

Southampton held the lead at the break, but Chelsea roared to life in the second half, collecting the equalizer in the 55th minute when Gary Cahill's glancing header following a cross flew past Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The Blues took the lead just seven minutes later when John Terry got on the end of a cross from Juan Mata and powered his header into the net.

Jose Mourinho's men then put the result to bed in stoppage time as Demba Ba slipped through the Southampton backline to poke home a cross from Ramires to secure the three points.

The result pulls Chelsea to within four points of Arsenal for the top spot in the Premiership, while Southampton drops to seventh on 22 points.

Manchester United 2, Tottenham 2

London, England - Wayne Rooney netted a brace on Sunday as Manchester United extended its unbeaten run in Premiership play to seven consecutive matches after battling to a 2-2 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Kyle Walker fired Tottenham in front after 18 minutes when he smashed a free kick under the United wall and past goalkeeper David De Gea, but Rooney answered for the Red Devils in the 32nd minute.

After the break, the hosts retook the lead through a goal from Sandro in the 54th minute, but just three minutes later Rooney finished his double after converting a penalty kick.

The result lifts United to 22 points, while Tottenham remain in ninth spot with 21 points from 13 matches.

Hull City 3, Liverpool 1

Hull, England - Hull City claimed its first ever victory over Liverpool in league play on Sunday after earning a shock 3-1 result over the Reds at the KC Stadium.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was forced to go without star striker Daniel Sturridge after the England international suffered ankle ligament damage on Friday, leaving Luis Suarez to lead the line on his own.

The Reds were shaky from the outset and paid the price when Jake Livermore's shot from distance deflected into the net off defender Martin Skrtel 20 minute in.

Steven Gerrard brought the visitors level with a spectacular free kick in the 27th minute, but Hull went back in front 18 minutes from time when David Meyler directed a strike into the far right corner.

Hull then finished the job three minutes from time when a strike from Tom Huddlestone was mistakenly nodded into the net by Skrtel for the own goal.

Manchester City 3, Swansea City 0

Manchester, England - Manchester City climbed to third place in the Premier League on Sunday after easing to a 3-0 result over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.

Alvaro Negredo got the hosts off to a quick start when he found the back of the net just eight minutes in and the Swans never recovered from the early strike.

The Citizens put the game away in the second half when Samir Nasri scored in the 58th and 77th minutes to secure an important three points for Manuel Pellegrini's team.