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Chelsea routs Arsenal as ref dismisses wrong man
Chelsea humiliates Arsenal as ref sends off wrong player; Bayern edges closer to title
Associated Press
2014-03-23 06:42 AM

LONDON (AP) -- Unlike the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich is close to wrapping up the title, the English Premier League remains anything but predictable and full of drama.

Arsene Wenger's 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal ended in one of his heaviest humiliations -- a 6-0 collapse at Chelsea -- and witnessed the referee sending off the wrong player from his team on Saturday.

Although Liverpool also scored six, and Manchester City netted five, the goal of the day was provided by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney lobbing from inside the halfway line at West Ham.

Here is a look at the action from the leading leagues in Europe on Saturday:

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ENGLAND

At Stamford Bridge, Andre Marriner dismissed Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs instead of teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose diving save with his hand blocked the ball on the goal-line.

The 15th-minute sending off was hardly a turning point in the London derby, however, as Arsenal had already conceded twice inside seven minutes of Wenger's landmark match from Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schuerrle.

Arsenal crumbled further against the leaders after Eden Hazard converted the penalty kick, with Oscar scoring twice before Mohamed Salah completed the rout.

Manchester City climbed above Arsenal into third place with a 5-0 victory over Fulham, while second-place Liverpool won 6-3 at Cardiff. It leaves Chelsea four points ahead having played one more than Liverpool and three more than City, which is six adrift.

Far from the title race is Manchester United, which remains seventh despite Rooney scoring twice in a 2-0 victory at West Ham.

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GERMANY

Bayern Munich left it late to grind out a 2-0 win in Mainz, with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze scoring in the last 10 minutes to

added another goal four minutes later to secure Bayern's league-record 18th consecutive win and stretch its unbeaten run to 51 games -- also a record.

Second-place Borussia Dortmund won 3-0 at Hannover but remained 23 points behind Bayern with eight games remaining. Bayern can secure the quickest title in 51 years of the Bundesliga by winning at Hertha Berlin on Tuesday.

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FRANCE

Marseille extended its poor run of form with a 1-0 loss at home to relegation-threatened Rennes in the French league, a third defeat in four games for the sixth-place team.

It was Rennes' second win in seven matches and saw it end a run of three consecutive defeats and move provisionally six points clear of the relegation zone.

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SPAIN

Granada moved eight points clear of the Spanish league relegation zone following a 1-0 victory against 10-man Elche and Rayo Vallecano rallied for a 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid.

The win moved Granada four points ahead of Elche and Rayo, which are both just three points clear of 18th-place Valladolid.

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ITALY

Ciro Immobile netted a hat trick as Torino beat relegation-threatened Livorno 3-1 and make him Serie A's top scorer with 16 goals.

The win reignited its European hopes as a run of four consecutive defeats ended, although it was provisionally seven points behind sixth spot. Livorno remained a point above the relegation zone.

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