LONDON – Brief reports of English Premier League games played on Monday and Sunday:
Played on Monday:
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0
United did the bare minimum to secure another 1-0 win against a Boro team who have now gone eight games without a victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed several good chances before Dimitar Berbatov, a peripheral figure for most of the match, seized on a poor clearance to steer home the only goal 21 minutes from time.
Played on Sunday
ARSENAL 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
William Gallas got the winner nine minutes from time when he outjumped Portsmouth keeper David James and headed home.
Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch hit the woodwork in the first half and Emmanuel Adebayor failed to take two good chances.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2
Former Blackburn boss Mark Hughes appeared to be heading for a defeat on his return to Ewood Park after Jason Roberts headed the home side 2-0 ahead after 84 minutes.
Blackburn, unbeaten under new coach Sam Allardyce, had taken the lead when Benni McCarthy pounced at the end of the first half.
Substitute Danny Sturridge gave City hope after 88 minutes and supplied the pass for Robinho to equalise with virtually the last kick of the game.
BOLTON WANDERERS 0 WIGAN ATHLETIC 1
Wigan won it at the end of the first half when Andy O’Brien fouled Henri Camara in the box and Amr Zaki converted the penalty for his 11th goal of the season and his fourth from the spot.
Bolton went close to scoring when Wilson Palacios headed off his own line and into the arms of goalkeeper Mike Pollitt and they went close again soon after when Kevin Davies hit the post, but Wigan held on for their fifth win in six matches.
EVERTON 3 SUNDERLAND 0
Sunderland, in action for the first time since caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia was appointed as the full-time boss, fell behind after 10 minutes when Mikel Arteta powered home a swerving 25-metre free-kick.
Arteta doubled Everton’s lead after 27 minutes with a deflected shot and teenager Dan Gosling completed the scoring with his first goal seven minutes from time.
FULHAM 2 CHELSEA 2
A thrilling west London derby ended all-square with Clint Dempsey equalising for Fulham a minute from the end.
Fulham took the lead after 10 minutes with a Dempsey flick but Frank Lampard equalised five minutes into the second half after a defensive mix-up and put Chelsea ahead after 72 minutes when he scored with a free-kick that flew through the wall.
Dempsey headed home Fulham’s equaliser from Simon Davies’s corner in the dying minutes.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL 5
Liverpool scored their biggest win of the season, demolishing an abject Newcastle with an almost non-stop display of attacking football.
Newcastle keeper Shay Given was in inspired form for half an hour before Steven Gerrard found a way through.
Sami Hyypia made it 2-0 five minutes later before David Edgar replied for Newcastle.
Liverpool cut loose in the second half with goals from Ryan Babel, Gerrard and a Xabi Alonso penalty.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0
Roman Bednar put West Brom ahead seven minutes from time to steer the bottom-of-the-table Baggies towards their second successive home win.
Craig Beattie added the second in stoppage time to leave Spurs winless in four. Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was red carded after 30 minutes for a foul on Gianni Zuiverloon.
WEST HAM UNITED 2 STOKE CITY 1
West Ham ended a run of six home games without a win when Diego Tristan scored two minutes from time.
Stoke had led with an early Abdoulaye Faye header but West Ham levelled with a Carlton Cole turn and shot.
Stoke then had striker Ricardo Fuller sent off for slapping team mate Andy Griffin as they argued about the goal. — Reuters