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Manchester United Draws 1-1 With Chelsea

November 26, 2006

MANCHESTER, England (AP) _ Manchester United tied Chelsea 1-1 Sunday in a showdown between the top two teams in the English Premier League.

Louis Saha gave United the lead in the 29th minute before 75,948 fans at Old Trafford, but Ricardo Carvalho headed in the tying goal in the 69th.

``It’s a good result because Man United lost a big, big chance to open the gap to six points and we did well to recover in the second half,″ Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.

United leads the league with 35 points, followed by Chelsea with 32. Bolton, which beat Arsenal 3-1 Saturday, is third with 24.

``Some of the football we played was fantastic,″ United manager Alex Ferguson said. ``We could have scored maybe more goals, but at the end of the day, I’m pleased with the performance.″

Cristiano Ronaldo had an early chance to score, but his dipping, 30-yard free kick was pushed over the bar by Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

United took the lead when Ryan Giggs fed Wayne Rooney, and the England striker quickly passed to Saha. The Frenchman pushed the ball to his left and guided a low, left-footed shot that flicked off the inside of the post.

Chelsea nearly tied it before halftime but United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar blocked a powerful 20-yard shot from Geremi and then dived to his right to hold a low drive from Frank Lampard.

It should have been 2-0 four minutes after halftime when Rooney got past Didier Drogba on the left and Saha and Ronaldo failed to turn his cross home from close range.

Man United tied it in the 69th when Lampard’s floated cross was met by Carvalho. Saha deflected the ball into the roof of the net, although Carvalho was credited with the goal.

Portsmouth missed a chance to move into third place after losing to Newcastle 1-0 on Antoine Sibierski’s goal in the 69th minute.

Sibierski scored off a cross from Charles N’Zogbia, his first goal in the league. He also scored Thursday in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Celta Vigo, helping the Magpies advance to the next round of the UEFA Cup.

Sunday’s win was Newcastle’s first in 10 league games, giving the team 13 points from 14 games. Portsmouth stayed in fourth place with 23 points.

Tottenham beat Wigan 3-1, moving up to 10th place with 19 points.

Henri Camara gave Wigan a 25th-minute lead before Jermain Defoe tied the score in the 43rd. Dimitar Berbatov then put Tottenham ahead with a goal in the 44th, and Aaron Lennon made it 3-1 in the 90th.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) _ AS Roma won its fifth straight game in the Italian league, beating Sampdoria 4-2.

Francesco Totti scored two goals, and Simone Perrotta and Christian Panucci added the others for Roma. Sergio Volpi and Francesco Flachi scored for Sampdoria.

Totti gave Roma the lead after beating Sampdoria’s offside trap in the 13th minute, then added another with a spectacular 74th-minute volley from the left.

Roma has scored 11 goals in its last two league games. The team beat Catania 7-0 last week.

Lazio beat winless Ascoli 3-1 off goals from Manuel Belleri, Goran Pandev and Pasquale Foggia to climb to seventh place in the standings with 18 points.

Reggina rallied from two goals down to tie 2-2 with fourth-place Livorno and move into positive points for the first time after starting the season with a 15-point penalty from the Italian match-fixing scandal.

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MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Real Madrid moved within three points of the lead in the Spanish league after beating Valencia 1-0 on Raul Gonzalez’s 52nd-minute goal.

Madrid, which played without Ronaldo, David Beckham, Jose Maria ``Guti″ Gutierrez and Ivan Helguera, trail leader Barcelona by three points.

Valencia, the 2002 and ’04 champions, is eighth with just two points.

Zaragoza held Celta Vigo to a 1-1 tie, with Diego Milito scoring his ninth goal of the season.

Milito headed Zaragoza into the lead in the seventh minute, but Celta striker Fernando Baiano took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez to tie the score in the 53rd.

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BERLIN (AP) _ Stuttgart moved into second place in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Cacau volleyed in a cross in the sixth minute for Stuttgart, whose 12-game unbeaten streak ended last week against Bayern Munich.

Moenchengladbach, which played without injured U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, stretched its winless streak to eight.

Bayer Leverkusen beat Energie Cottbus 3-1 behind goals from Sergei Barbarez, Simon Rolfes and Andrei Voronin.

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Ajax dropped to third place in the Dutch league, losing 3-0 at Sparta Rotterdam.

Ajax played with 10 men for most of the game because midfielder Wesley Sneijder was sent off while disputing a yellow card in the 13th minute. Ajax coach Henk ten Cate was red-carded at halftime.

Yuri Rose headed Sparta into the lead in the 35th, and Sjaak Polak scored in the 60th on a penalty kick. Haris Medunjanin completed the scoring with an 84th-minute free kick.

AZ Alkmaar came from a goal down to beat SC Heerenveen 3-1 and moved into second place behind PSV Eindhoven. PSV, which crushed FC Utrecht 5-0 Saturday, leads the league with 37 points _ five more than AZ and six more than Ajax.

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Celtic rallied from two goals down to tie Hibernian 2-2 in the Scottish Premier League.

Ivan Sproule and Kevin Thomson gave Hibernian a 2-0 lead, but Celtic answered with goals from substitutes Evander Sno in the 70th minute and Aiden McGeady in the 74th.

Rangers beat Kilmarnock 3-0 off goals from Charlie Adam, Kris Boyd and Dado Prso.

Celtic leads the league with 41 points, followed by Rangers and Aberdeen with 28 each.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Olympiakos routed Larissa 4-0 to stay in first place in the Greek league.

Rivaldo scored one goal and set up another, while Haruna Babangida, Felix Borja and Haris Pappas added the others for the defending champions.

Olympiakos leads the league with 30 points, two ahead of rival Panathinaikos and three more than AEK. Panathinaikos beat Kalamaria 3-2.

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PARIS (AP) _ Lens moved into third place in the French league despite a 1-1 tie at Le Mans.

Ismael Bangoura gave Le Mans the lead in the 23rd minute with his ninth goal of the season _ the most in the league _ but Olivier Thomert tied the score in the 42nd.

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