McBride returns to action in Fulham win

February 3, 2008

LONDON -- Kevin Keegan was again denied his first win since his return to manage Newcastle, which tied 1-1 Sunday against Middlesbrough in the English Premier League.

Michael Owen gave Newcastle the lead in the 60th minute with a header at the near post to end the team's scoreless run and his own personal drought of 10 games without a goal. But Robert Huth jumped to beat two Newcastle men in the air and score the tying goal in the 87th with a looping header inside the far post.

"Michael deserved his goal," Keegan said. "His record is there for everyone to see, to be examined and admired, and he has been tremendous since I have been here."

Newcastle tied Bolton 0-0 and then lost to Arsenal 3-0 in both the FA Cup and the Premier League since Keegan returned.

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, who is on bail after being accused of being involved in a street fight in late December, made his first start since his arrest.

Middlesbrough nearly scored another after Huth's goal, but Lee Dong-Gook's follow-up shot after a free kick was called back for offside.

Roy Hodgson finally managed a victory after five games at next-to-last Fulham with the Cottagers coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

American Brian McBride returned to action as a substitute in the 70th for his first appearance since Aug. 18, when he dislocated his left kneecap while scoring in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough.

Simon Davies and Jimmy Bullard scored for Fulham after teammate Aaron Hughes scored an own-goal to give Villa the lead.

The win was Fulham's first in 12 matches, and Villa's first loss in nine.

Italy
ROME -- Inter Milan held on for a 1-0 win over Empoli with only 10 men and extended its Italian league lead to eight points.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a controversial penalty in the 34th minute and Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar blocked a penalty kick from Empoli's Luca Saudati in the 83rd.

Second-place AS Roma lost at Siena 3-0, and Juventus was held to a 1-1 tie by last-place Cagliari.

Simone Vergassola scored for Siena in the 12th, Roma defender Max Tonetto added an own-goal in the 43rd and Mario Frick made it 3-0 in the 83rd.

Paolo Bianco put Cagliari in front in the 55th and Pavel Nedved equalized for Juventus a minute later.

Inter leads the league with 53 points, followed by Roma with 45 and Juventus with 41.

Spain
MADRID, Spain -- Valencia snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory at Valladolid in the Spanish league.

Juan Manuel Mata and David Villa each scored to ease the pressure on Valencia coach Ronald Koeman.

Mata scored the opening goal in the 61st minute and Villa, who hadn't scored since the team's last victory on Nov. 11, was unmarked in front of goal in the 72nd.

Luis Fabiano scored two goals to lead 10-man Sevilla past Recreativo Huelva 2-1.

Netherlands
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ajax remained eight points behind Dutch league leader PSV Eindhoven by beating Feyenoord 3-0.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season, and John Heitinga added the other in his 200th game for Ajax.

PSV, which beat Ajax 2-0 last week, leads the league with 52 points, followed by Ajax with 44, SC Heerenveen with 43 and Feyenoord with 41.

Scotland
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Hibernian held Rangers to a 0-0 tie in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Hibs goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay saved three shots from Lee McCulloch and one from Barry Ferguson at Easter Road, while Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor stopped shots from Steven Fletcher and Charlie Adam.


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