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UPTOWN PARK---Manchester United
needed an injury-time equaliser by Daley
Blind to escape with a point from a 1-1 draw
against West Ham in one of three stalemates
in the Premier League yesterday.
Trailing to a superbly improvised goal by
West Ham s makeshift defender Cheikhou
Kouyate, United persevered at Upton Park
and got its reward when Blind pounced on
a weak headed clearance to volley into the
corner two minutes into added time.
"In the end, we couldn t cope with long-
ball United," said West Ham manager Sam
Allardyce, whose side struggled with United s
late aerial bombardment inspired by
Marouane Fellaini s introduction as a sub-
stitute. "It was pump it forward and see
what you get in the end."
With Arsenal losing and both Manchester
City and Liverpool drawing, United, which
had Luke Shaw sent off in injury time for
two yellow cards, missed a chance to gain
ground on its main rivals in the frenzied fight
for Champions League qualification.
United has dropped to fourth behind
Southampton and is only a point clear of
resurgent Tottenham. Six points separate
Southampton and seventh-place Liverpool.
West Bromwich Albion began the day of
fightbacks by coming from two goals down
to draw 2-2 at Burnley, which could at least
console itself with climbing out of the rel-
egation zone. Then substitute Peter Crouch
scored a 90th-minute header to salvage a 1-
1 draw for Stoke at Newcastle in a match
between two mid-table teams.
Blind left it even later, rescuing United
after a mediocre display that highlighted the
frailties in Louis van Gaal s expensively
assembled team as it fights for a top-four
finish and a return to the Champions League.
With Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao
lacking spark up front and Wayne Rooney
toiling in midfield, United was indebted to
goalkeeper David de Gea for keeping them
in the game. It s not the first time that has
happened this season.
De Gea could do little about the excellent
goal scored by Kouyate, who controlled
Rooney s attempted headed clearance and
juggled the ball twice before swivelling and
sending in a volley that deflected into the
net off Blind.
United responded well and the arrival of
the powerful and tall Fellaini caused West
Ham problems. United went direct and from
one of the many high balls sent into the box,
West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson could
only clear to the inrushing Blind, who found
"I think we played very badly in the first
half and we showed a lot of spirit in the sec-
ond half," Van Gaal said.
"With Fellaini, you have to change your
playing style. Because of Fellaini, we have
created a lot of chances."
Shaw picked up two yellow cards in the
final 10 minutes, the second coming in the
third minute of injury time. United has now
only lost once in 17 matches.
Burnley has squandered a two-goal lead
three times in its last four games, dealing a
blow to its chances of pulling clear of rel-
All four goals in a lively match at Turf
Moor came from headers, with in-demand
striker Danny Ings setting up Ashley Barnes
for Burnley s opener in the 11th minute before
scoring himself in the 32nd.
Chris Brunt, who lost the captain s arm-
band to new signing Darren Fletcher, bundled
in a left-wing corner in first-half injury time
to bring West Brom back into the game before
Nigeria striker Brown Ideye completed the
recovery in the 67th, taking advantage of
more slack marking to head in another cor-
ner.Stoke threw on Crouch after Jack Colback
gave Newcastle the lead in the 74th, driving
home a shot from the edge of the area from
Moussa Sissoko s lay-off.
Only seconds were remaining in normal
time when United States international Geoff
Cameron sent in a deep cross from the right
wing, which Crouch met with a looping
Manchester United's Daley Blind, left, celebrates after scoring during the English Premier
League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn
Ground in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BERLIN---Werder Bremen defeated Bayer
Leverkusen 2-1 yesterday to climb to eighth
in the Bundesliga after its fourth consec-
utive victory, having been in last place
when the winning run started in Decem-
"Of course our situation in the table looks
good now," Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik
Bremen striker Davie Selke completed a
brilliant team move by volleying Fin Bartels
cross from the right past Bernd Leno in the
Leno pulled off a great save to deny
Theodor Gebre Selassie shortly afterward,
but there was nothing he could do to stop
Zlatko Junuzovic s perfect free kick flying
inside the top corner in the 29th.
The visitors consolation came in the 43rd,
with Hakan Calhanoglu marking his 21st
birthday by scoring from a rebound after
Gonzalo Castro hit the post and then Wen-
dell s follow up was saved.
"We created a couple of chances but that s
not enough to win the game," said Lev-
erkusen midfielder Son Heung-min, back
after losing the Asia Cup final with South
The second half descended into a scrappy
affair with few chances. Leverkusen coach
Roger Schmidt was sent to the stands mid-
way through for protesting too much.
High-flying Augsburg missed the chance
to go third later Sunday after slipping to its
first draw of the season, 2-2 against visiting
Ragnar Klavan fired the home side ahead
in the seventh and Raul Bobadilla made it
2-0 in the 37th, only for Stefan Aigner to
pull one back in first-half injury time and
Alexander Meier to equalize with his league-
leading 14th goal of the season in the 70th.
"When you re winning 2-0 and you end
up drawing the game it s disappointing,"
Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter
said. "It s annoying because we had a great
chance to win."
Augsburg is fourth, behind third-place
Schalke only on goal difference, in what is
the modest Bavarian club s best season.
Roma gets back to
winning ways at Cagliari
MILAN---Roma got back to winning ways as
the capital side beat relegation-threatened
Cagliari 2-1 to cut the gap to Serie A leader
Juventus to seven points yesterday.
Adem Ljajic and Leandro Paredes scored to help
end a run of four consecutive league draws for
injury-hit Roma, which had also been dumped
out of the Italian Cup by Fiorentina in midweek.
Paul-Jose M Poku headed in a consolation goal
in stoppage time.
"Today we showed that even with so many
problems we have talent," Roma coach Rudi Garcia
said. "And now with the return of important play-
ers I will have the possibility to select my lineup
knowing that I have first choices also on the
Roma will still be looking nervously over its
shoulder after Napoli beat Udinese 3-1---with Cyril
Thereau scoring for both sides---to remain four
points behind in third.
With Lazio playing Genoa today, Fiorentina
moved into fourth with a 3-2 victory over Atalanta.
Sampdoria is level on points after it was held 1-
1 at home by Sassuolo.
Empoli beat Cesena 2-0 in a relegation battle
to climb five points off the drop zone. Parma s
match against Chievo Verona was called off due
to snow and has been rescheduled for Wednes-
Inter Milan hosts Palermo later Sunday.
With Juventus beating AC Milan 3-1 on Sat-
urday, Roma knew it needed a win to keep its
fading title hopes alive.
Garcia had a selection headache with several
players out through injury or still at the African
Cup of Nations. Teenage forward Daniele Verde
was given his first start with 20 years separating
him and his partner in attack---Francesco Totti.
Verde impressed and set up both goals. He pro-
vided a sublime chipped pass for Ljajic to open
the scoring in the 37th minute.
It was also Verde s cross from the left that saw
Paredes seal the match with his first goal in Italy,
volleying into the far bottom corner from the edge
of the area.
"I have always had belief in Verde because,
apart from his talents, his pace and technique, he
works for the team and has a lot of hunger," Garcia
said. "With this attitude, he will go far.
"I chose him to start today because of his hunger
and his skills. He was a bit scared at the beginning,
but this game will give him so much confidence
M Poku also scored his first goal, on his debut,
with a towering header from Danilo Avelar s cross.
Napoli remained hot on Roma s heels following
a sixth successive victory in all competitions.
Dries Mertens got Napoli off to a perfect start
with a fine solo effort in the eighth minute, surging
forward and combining with Gonzalo Higuain
before taking advantage of a ricochet to fire his
side in front.
Manolo Gabbiadini doubled Napoli s lead in the
22nd, running on to a delightful through ball from
Marek Hamsik and slotting into the bottom left
corner for his second goal since joining from Sam-
pdoria last month.
Udinese thought it had got back into it with a
stunning curled effort from Allan but Rafael did
well to fingertip it onto the bar. Rafael was at fault
moments later as he rushed out of his area but
completely mistimed his intervention as Thereau
ran onto Allan s pass and flicked the ball over the
stranded goalkeeper and into the empty net.
Thereau also scored at the other end just before
the hour mark as he turned Mertens free kick
from the right flank into his own net. In the
lunchtime kickoff, Manuel Pasqual s last-minute
volley ensured Fiorentina s run of form continued.
Jose Basanta and new signing Alessandro Diamanti
scored Fiorentina s other goals.
CAIRO---A spokesman for Egypt s Health
Ministry says at least five people have been
killed in a riot outside of a major soccer
game and the toll is likely to rise.
The riot happened yesterday night as a
match took place between Egyptian Premier
League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air
Defense Stadium just outside of Cairo.
Health Ministry spokesman Hossam
Abdel Gaffar says some 20 people were
Security officials said Zamalek fans tried
to force their way into the match without
tickets, sparking clashes.
Zamalek fans, known as "White Knights,"
posted on their group s official Facebook
page that the violence began because author-
ities only opened one door to let them in.
Such riots have happened before. A 2012
match in Port Said saw 74 people killed in
United grabs point with late goal
Bremen climbs to eighth in Bundesliga
At least five dead in Egypt football riot
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