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In English football action, 

Manchester United maintained their lead at the top, after this morning's 1-0 win over West Ham United. 

At Old Trafford, Robin van Persie scored the fastest goal of the Premier League season, when he found the net after only 31 seconds into the match. 

With the win, the Red Devils are 1 point clear of Manchester City. 

Second-half goals from the recalled Mario Balotelli and James Milner gave City a 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic. 

And the Boos rang out again at Stamford Bridge where new Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, was left with a 2nd successive goalless draw. 

And this time, it was Fulham securing a point in the west London derby. 

Some Blues supporters are still not happy with the appointment of the former Liverpool manager as the replacement for Roberto de Matteo. 

But today's draw result did allow Chelsea to leapfrog over West Bromwich Albion into 3rd place on goal difference. 

WBA's impressive start to the campaign was halted by a 3-1 defeat at Swansea City. 

Meanwhile, 

Tottenham Hotspur moved up to 5th spot by beating Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane, 

Everton and Arsenal drew 1-1 at Goodison Park. 

Stoke City came from a goal down to defeat Newcastle United 2-1 while Southampton remain in the bottom 3 after a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City. 


In regional football and the AFF Suzuki Cup, 

Defending champions Malaysia are back in contention for a semi-final spot, after last night's 4-1 thrashing of Laos. 

Safee Sali and Safiq Rahim were among the scorers for the Tigers at the Bukit Jalil Stadium. 

Meanwhile, 

Singapore's hopes of reaching the last 4, suffered a setback when they lost 1-nil to Indonesia in their Group B encounter. 

Andik Vermansyah scored the winner for the Indonesians with a freekick in the 87th minute. 

The Lions were also playing with 10 men, when defender Irwan Shah was sent off after his 2nd yellow card in the 65tth minute. 

The Republic will now have to wait till their final group game against Laos on Saturday, to see if they can qualify for the semi-finals. 

And after last night's matches, Indonesia top the group on 4 points, Singapore and Malaysia have 3 points each and Laos have 1 point.

In local football news, 

The Sembawang Soccer Academy has been ordered by the High Court in Singapore, to pay more than $1.2 million to Italy-based Genova International Soccer School, for breach 
of contract. 

According to court documents, both parties entered into an agreement 18 months ago, to conduct a football camp training stint in Italy for young Singapore players. 

But following a series of failed promises and payments not being made to G-I-S-S, the Sembawang Soccer Academy was slapped with a lawsuit. 

Neither a representative nor lawyer from the local Academy, showed up to defend the suit in court.