Updated: September 27, 2009 13:33 IST

United go top as nine-man Chelsea lose at Wigan

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SENT OFF: Petr Cech, Chelsea's goal-keeper was given an early bath for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. File Photo: AP
SENT OFF: Petr Cech, Chelsea's goal-keeper was given an early bath for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. File Photo: AP

Chelsea’s 100 per-cent record came to an end on Saturday as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Wigan Athletic and had goalkeeper Petr Cech sent off.

Champions Manchester United went top on goal difference as they beat Stoke City, while Fernando Torres hit a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Hull City.

At the DW Stadium, Chelsea fell behind after 16 minutes as Titus Bramble headed in Charles N’Zogbia’s cross after a quickly taken corner.

A howler from goalkeeper Chris Kirkland gifted Didier Drogba an equalizer two minutes into the second half but Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was soon sent off for a foul on Hugo Rodallega, and the Colombian forward converted the resulting penalty to restore Wigan’s lead after 53 minutes.

As Ashley Cole went off injured, Chelsea was left to play out the final minutes with nine men, and they conceded again in injury time, Maynor Figueroa crossing for Paul Scharner to score.

Manchester United was held for over an hour at Stoke City, but Dimitar Berbatov broke the deadlock from a Ryan Giggs cross on 62 minutes.

John O’Shea made it 2-0, heading in Giggs’ free-kick with 13 minutes remaining.

Liverpool went third, three points behind the leaders, as they hammered Hull 6-1.

Torres got his first after 12 minutes accepting Albert Riera’s pass and beating Ibrahima Sonko before finishing.

Geovanni equalized three minutes later, but Torres restored Liverpool’s lead with a superb individual effort after 28 minutes, and completed his hat-trick with his eight goal of the season early in the second half.

Steven Gerrard crashed in a spectacular fourth just after the hour, and Ryan Babel and Riera wrapped the game up in the final minutes.

Robbie Keane scored four as Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley 5-0, Jermaine Jenas getting the other.

Gabriel Agbolahor gave Aston Villa a third-minute lead at Blackburn Rovers, but Christopher Samba levelled with a 24{+t}{+h}-minute volley.

Blackburn’s Vince Gella was sent off for a second bookable offence midway through the second half, but they claimed a 2-1 win with an 88th minute David Dunn penalty.

A brilliant Chung-Yong Lee goal with five minutes to go gave Bolton Wanderers a 2-1 victory at Birmingham City.

Tamir Cohen had put Bolton ahead after 10 minutes, before Kevin Phillips equalized.

In the lunchtime kick-off, Louis Saha’s goal gave Everton a 1-0 win over Portsmouth, who have lost their first seven games of the season.

In the late game, Arsenal came away from Fulham with all three points thanks to a Robin Van Persie goal in the second half.

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