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Liverpool beats Charlton 3-0

Liverpool win its second away game in this season's English Premier League, defeating relegation-threatened Charlton 3-0.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 23:21 IST

Liverpool won its second away game in this season's English Premier League on Saturday, defeating relegation-threatened Charlton 3-0.

Xabi Alonso converted a third-minute penalty, earned when Djimi Traore's boot caught the head of Liverpool midfielder Jermaine Pennant.

Craig Bellamy made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute, scoring into the bottom left corner after taking a pass from Steve Finnan. Steven Gerrard took a header from Peter Crouch to curl in Liverpool's third goal in the 88th minute.

Liverpool's first league win away from its Anfield stadium was on Dec. 2 when it beat Wigan 4-0. The Reds have 31 points from 18 games. Charlton is 19th with 12 points.

Manchester United leads the league with 44 points, followed by Chelsea with 39 and Arsenal with 29.

Later Saturday, the Gunners bid to stay third and maintain their unbeaten home record when they host fourth-place Portsmouth. Also, it's: Newcastle vs. Watford; Aston Villa vs. Bolton; Reading vs. Blackburn; and Wigan vs. Sheffield United.

On Sunday, Alan Curbishley takes charge of his first game as West Ham manager when Manchester United visits Upton Park. In his 15 years as manager of Charlton, Curbishley never beat United. Chelsea travels to Everton and Manchester City hosts Tottenham in Sunday's other games. On Monday, Middlesbrough is at Fulham.

First Published: Dec 16, 2006 23:19 IST