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Loss puts Arsenal in a fix

Newcastle moved above Liverpool into sixth place in the Premier League on Sunday with a 1-0 over Queens Park Rangers and the west London side’s new manager, Mark Hughes.

sports Updated: Jan 16, 2012 01:47 IST

Newcastle moved above Liverpool into sixth place in the Premier League on Sunday with a 1-0 over Queens Park Rangers and the west London side’s new manager, Mark Hughes.

With leading scorer Demba Ba absent at the African Cup of Nations, Leon Best again started up front for Newcastle and scored the only goal in the 37th minute. The Ireland international collected a pass from Ryan Taylor, cut inside right back Luke Young and sidefooted into the far corner for his first goal since September 17.

But Newcastle lost midfielder Yohan Cabaye to a worrying ankle injury after a tough challenge from Shaun Derry. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/16-01-12-metro17c.jpg

The loss in Hughes’ first match in charge left the Queens Park Rangers without a victory from their last nine league matches and in the relegation zone.

Madrid win

Madrid: Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon gave La Liga leaders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at Real Mallorca after a gritty display on Saturday that stretched their advantage over second-placed Barcelona to eight points.

However, third-placed Valencia missed the chance to close within a point of Barca when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad in Saturday's late kickoff.

Mallorca's Israel forward Tomer Hemed's superb glancing header gave the home side a shock lead over Madrid six minutes before the break at their Iberostar stadium but Real substitute Higuain levelled with a deflected strike 18 minutes from time.

Callejon grabbed the winner for the visitors in the 85th minute when he ran on to a loose ball and fired through a crowd of defenders past Hemed's international team mate Dudu Aouate in the Mallorca goal to lift Real to 46 points from 18 matches.