Dempsey becomes leading American scorer in EPL

Dec 5 2011 - 7:59pm

LONDON -- Clint Dempsey became the American career scoring in the English Premier League, capitalizing on a mistake by goalkeeper Pepe Reina to lead Fulham over Liverpool 1-0 Monday night.

With 37 goals since joining Fulham in 2006, the 28-year-old midfielder from Nacogdoches, Texas, broke a tie with Brian McBride, who played in the Premier League with Everton (2003) and Fulham (2004-08).

After Dempsey hit the crossbar earlier in the match, Reina spilled a shot by former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy in the 85th minute, and Dempsey converted the rebound from close range.

Liverpool played a man short after Jay Spearing was shown a red card for a 72nd-minute tackle on Moussa Dembele.

Fulham (3-5-6) climbed to 13th place with 15 points, five above the relegation zone. Seventh-place Liverpool (6-3-5), which lost for the first time in nine league matches, has 23 points -- five behind Chelsea for the final Champions League berth.


SEVILLE, Spain (AP) -- Federico Fazio scored in the 32nd minute, Manu del Moral added a goal in the 50th and Frederic Kanoute completed the scoring in stoppage time to give Sevilla a 3-0 win over Getafe for its first victory at home in four matches in the Spanish league.

Sevilla (6-2-6) is two points behind fourth-place Levante for the last Champions League position. Getafe (3-7-4), coming off a 1-0 upset of Barcelona, is 16th.


ROME (AP) -- Lazio captain Tommaso Rocchi scored twice after Giuseppe Biava put Lazio ahead, and the Roman club stopped a monthlong winless streak with a 3-0 victory over newly promoted Novara in the Italian league.

Biava scored on a header off a corner kick in the 16th minute, Rocchi doubled the lead seven minutes later with a header following a free kick, and Rocchi scored on a volley from the edge of the penalty area in the 72nd minute.

Lazio (7-2-4) is fourth with 25 points, four behind first-place Juventus. Novara (2-7-4) is 18th with 10 points and in the relegation zone.

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