Gallas scores late goal to deny United

November 3, 2007

LONDON -- Arsenal stayed unbeaten in the Premier League, tying Manchester United 2-2 Saturday when William Gallas scored during injury time after giving up an own goal.

Gallas' shot crossed the line before it was pushed out by Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, with the linesman awarding the goal.

Man United opened the scoring on Gallas' own goal during first-half injury time. Arsenal tied it in the 48th minute on a goal by Cesc Fabregas. Then, Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 83rd minute to give Man United a 2-1 lead.

Arsenal and Man United both have 27 points, but Arsenal has more goals and has played one less game. Chelsea is third with 24 points.

Tottenham drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough in the first league game under Spurs manager Juande Ramos. Chelsea downed Wigan 2-0, with Frank Lampard scoring in the 11th minute and Juliano Belletti in the 18th.

Fulham won only its second league match of the season, beating Reading 3-1 with Clint Dempsey scoring one goal and setting up another. Everton scored two goals in injury time to complete a 3-1 win over Birmingham, and Liverpool drew 0-0 with Blackburn.

Germany
BERLIN -- Bayern Munich's lead in the Bundesliga was reduced to two points Saturday after it was held to a 0-0 tie with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, the German first division's top two scorers with eight goals each for Bayern, wasted several chances before a crowd of 69,000.

Bayern, once five clear at the top, now has 28 points from 13 rounds. Hamburg SV is second with 26 points after a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin.

Hamburg won its fourth straight match as Bastian Reinhardt headed in an 80th-minute free kick from Rafael van der Vaart for the winner.

Werder Bremen moved to third -- and four points behind Bayern -- as its unbeaten streak reached seven games with a 1-0 win against Hansa Rostock. Bremen won when Hugo Almeida volleyed from close range in the 39th.

Defending champion VfB Stuttgart appears to have pulled out of its early season slump, winning its third game in eight days. It beat FC Nuremberg with a 25th-minute goal from Mario Gomez.

Italy
MILAN, Italy -- Fiorentina preserved its unbeaten start in the Italian first division, defeating Lazio 1-0 on Giampaolo Pazzini's 19th-minute goal.

Pazzini tapped the ball into the net after Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta lost control of a defensive header.

Lazio midfielder Massimo Mutarelli was sent off in second half injury time for his second yellow card.

Inter leads the Serie A with 24 points, followed by Fiorentina with 23, AS Roma with 21 and Juventus with 20. Lazio has 10 points.

France
PARIS -- Nancy beat Bordeaux 1-0 in the French first division on Chris Malonga's goal in the 29th minute.

Nancy has 27 points from 12 games and Bordeaux stays at 22 after its first defeat on the road this season. Lyon lead with 28 points and hosted Valenciennes later Saturday.

Scotland
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Scott McDonald scored two goals in three minutes for Celtic to beat Kilmarnock 2-1 in the Scottish Premier League.

McDonald scored in the 34th after twice eluding defender Simon Ford before shooting into the far corner. He doubled Celtic's lead in the 36th, heading in a cross from Aiden McGeady.

Celtic is in first places with 28 points, followed by Rangers with 25 and Dundee United with 22.

Rangers beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-0, sparked by a first-minute goal from Kris Boyd. Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley had the ball in the net soon after, but it was disallowed for offsides. Carlos Cuellar headed in the second goal in the 63rd.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press