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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 13, 2016
NEWCASTLE---Manchester United conceded a
90th-minute equalizer at Newcastle to draw 3-
3 in the English Premier League yesterday, after
a double from Wayne Rooney looked like giving
Louis van Gaal s under-fire team a third straight
Paul Dummett s fierce shot from the edge of the
area deflected into the top corner for Newcastle s
second equaliser in a thrilling match at St James
Rooney put United ahead from the penalty spot
in the ninth minute, before setting up Jesse Lingard
for the second goal from a quick counterattack near
Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic,
also with a penalty, hauled Newcastle back level,
only for Rooney---with a curling shot from 20 metres
in the 79th---to restore United s lead.
"It does feel like a defeat," Rooney said. "If you
take a two-goal lead, we should be taking all three
points and killing the game off.
We didn t take all our chances and we have been
punished for it."
United dropped to sixth place in the standings
in the race for Champions League qualification.
Amid fierce criticism of his side s recent results
and ponderous style of play, Van Gaal acknowledged
that some of United s matches left him "very bored."
Van Gaal won t be saying that about this game,
with United s early opening goal from the spot
forcing Newcastle to commit forward and leave
gaps in defense. It turned into one of the most
entertaining games of the season.
The penalty converted by Rooney was awarded
when Marouane Fellaini headed the ball at Chancel
Mbemba s hand from close range. Just like on Sat-
urday in scoring the injury-time winner against
Sheffield United in the FA Cup third round, Rooney
made no mistake from the spot.
Rooney slipped a left-foot shot just wide before
he was set free on another counter-attack. This
time, the England captain held the ball up and
picked out Lingard with a reverse pass that the
young winger collected and side-footed into the
Newcastle replied right near the interval through
Wijnaldum s eighth goal of the season, a neat volley
from 12 metres after running onto a header down
The second half was a furious contest and Lingard
could have settled it, only to curl a shot over the
crossbar --- much to the anger of Van Gaal.
Newcastle started to dominate possession and
territory, and got the goal it deserved after Mitrovic
was adjudged to have been hauled down by Chris
Smalling as they wrestled at a corner.
The striker picked himself up and converted the
MADRID---The Spanish federation s appeal s
commission has upheld Luis Suarez s two-match
suspension for insulting opponents in a Copa del
Barcelona said yesterday it will take the case to
a higher sports tribunal in Spain in hopes of having
Suarez back. It plays city rival Espanyol today in
the round of 16.
Suarez was suspended for a post-match alter-
cation in the tunnel after Barcelona won the first
leg 4-1 in a heated match that saw two Espanyol
players sent off.
The referee s report said Suarez told Espanyol s
players he was "waiting" for them and that they
If Barcelona fails in its second appeal, Suarez
will miss today s match and the first leg of the
Man U concedes late to draw at Newcastle
penalty low, with David de Gea diving the
Rooney put United ahead against the
run of play, seizing on a loose ball after
Memphis Depay s shot was blocked and
firing high into the far corner.
It was Rooney s fourth goal in three
matches in 2016, and moved him to 241
goals for United, eight behind the club-
record haul of Bobby Charlton.
Dummett, a local lad, had the final say.
A second-half flurry of goals moved
West Ham past Bournemouth 3-1 for its
third straight win.
The result lifted West Ham one point
above Manchester United in fifth.
Harry Arter scored his maiden league
goal early for Bournemouth, hosting its
first Premier League game under lights,
and hung on to the lead until an hour in.
Dimitri Payet, making his first start in
more than three months, equalized with
a smart free kick off the underside of the
crossbar, and Enner Valencia netted twice,
the second off another free kick, all in a
span of 17 minutes.
A goalkeeper error gifted Aston Villa a
1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, earning
the last-place team its first win since the
opening day of the season.
Palace goalie Wayne Hennessey allowed
a header from Joleon Lescott at a corner
to dribble out of his grasp and over the
line after halftime.
Villa ended its 19-match, club-record
winless run in the league to renew hope
of surviving relegation and maintaining
its unbroken status in the Premier League.
Villa is provisionally eight points from
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, left,
celebrates his goal during the English
Premier League football match between
Newcastle United and Manchester United at
St James' Park, Newcastle, England,
yesterday AP PHOTO
upheld ahead of
Copa del Rey match
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