Manchester United won 1-0 at Liverpool yesterday, getting a 21st-minute goal from Wayne Rooney on a goalkeeping mistake and playing the last 25 minutes a man short. Chelsea, the English Premier...
Manchester United won 1-0 at Liverpool yesterday, getting a 21st-minute goal from Wayne Rooney on a goalkeeping mistake and playing the last 25 minutes a man short.
Chelsea, the English Premier League leader, won 2-0 at Tottenham behind two goals by Frank Lampard. He scored on a disputed first-half penalty kick and a second-half injury-time goal.
Defending champion Arsenal lost 1-0 at Bolton on a first-half goal by Stelios Giannakopoulos. It was Arsenal’s third league loss this season.
Manchester United recorded its ninth league win in 11 games. It solidified its hold on third place with 47 points while Liverpool stayed at 37.
Chelsea, aiming for its first league title in 50 years, has 58 points after 23 games in the 38-game season.
Second-place Arsenal has 48 points.
Rooney’s 30-yard shot from the left wing bounced just as Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek was diving to his right. The ball skipped under Dudek and into the net.
It was Rooney’s first game in Liverpool since his move five months ago to Manchester United from Everton, Liverpool’s rival.
“In massive games, in the big games, if you have a mistake sometimes you must pay for it,” Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. “And we paid for it.”
Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes made his English debut after leaving Real Madrid of Spain on Wednesday. Morientes threatened around the box but left in the 75th minute without really testing Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll.
Manchester United finished with 10 men after defender Wes Brown received his second yellow card in the 65th minute.
Chelsea took a 39th-minute lead at Tottenham after referee Graham Poll decided Ledley King fouled Alexei Smertin in the penalty area. Lampard scored his 50th Premiership goal with the resulting penalty kick.
• Olympiakos Piraeus and Panionios were docked three points and must play their next four home matches with no fans present as part of a government crackdown on soccer violence.
The punishment was the toughest imposed on Greek teams. The ruling by a soccer tribunal Friday came after last weekend’s clashes in which 14 police officers and one fan were injured, forcing postponement of the first-division match between the clubs.
Olympiakos dropped from first place to third with 27 points and was fined more than $392,000. Panionios dropped from ninth to 14th and was fined more than $130,000.