Late shot saves Gunners

SUN WIRE SERVICES

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In London, William Gallas scored an injury-time equalizer for Arsenal to draw 2-2 with Manchester United and stay unbeaten in the Premier League.

Gallas' shot crossed the line before it was pushed out by Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, with the linesman awarding the goal.

"The referee interrupted the game and I thought he had given a free kick against us for offside, so I had a surprise because the ball was in," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 83rd minute to give Man United a 2-1 lead. Gallas had scored an own-goal in first-half injury time before Arsenal levelled through Cesc Fabregas in the 48th.

Manchester United led 1-0 when striker Wayne Rooney received a cross from Wes Brown and his shot from close range was deflected in off Gallas' right arm.

Gallas had his team's best chance in the first half, a header which was saved by the legs of Van der Sar in the 36th.

Fabregas scored his 11th goal in 16 games to make it 1-1. Emmanuel Adebayor had a shot saved by Van der Sar and Bacary Sagna crossed the loose ball for Fabregas to side-foot inside the corner.

Fabregas' 58th-minute free kick was saved by Van der Sar, while Rooney headed wide in the 64th.

Arsenal stays top on goals scored with 27 points -- the same as United -- but the Gunners have played one game less.

Tottenham drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough in the first league match in charge for Spurs manager Juande Ramos, Chelsea beat Wigan 2-0 and Liverpool struggled up front in a 0-0 draw at Blackburn.

Also, it was: Aston Villa 2, Derby 0; Everton 3, Birmingham 1; Fulham 3, Reading 1; and Portsmouth 4, Newcastle 1. With Manchester City idle, Chelsea moved into third with 24 points, followed by Portsmouth and Blackburn and City with 22 and Liverpool with 21.

GERMANY

In Berlin, Bayern Munich's lead in the Bundesliga was reduced to two points after it was held to a 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt -- despite 38 scoring attempts for Bayern.

Second-place Hamburger SV beat Hertha Berlin 2-1. Bayern, once five clear at the top, now has 28 points from 13 rounds and Hamburg has 26. Werder Bremen moved to third as its unbeaten streak reached seven games with a 1-0 win against Hansa Rostock.

Meanwhile, defending champion VfB Stuttgart appears to have pulled out of its slump, winning its third game in eight days by beating FC Nuremberg 1-0. Bayer Leverkusen also beat Arminia Bielefeld 4-0 and Hannover 96 was a 2-1 winner against Borussia Dortmund.

ITALY

In Milan, AC Milan just can't win at home in the Serie A this season.

After two straight losses at the San Siro stadium, Milan was held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Torino -- the Rossoneri's fourth draw at home and fifth overall in 11 rounds of the Italian first division. Milan has now failed to win at San Siro in league play since April.

Earlier yesterday, Giampaolo Pazzini scored to help Fiorentina beat Lazio 1-0 and preserve its unbeaten start in all competitions.

Inter Milan leads the league with 24 points, followed by Fiorentina with 23, AS Roma with 21, and Juventus with 20. Lazio has 10 points.

FRANCE

In Paris, Lyon beat Valenciennes 2-0 with goals from Juninho and Sidney Govou to keep its four-point lead atop the French first division.

It was Lyon's ninth victory in the last 10 games and it tops the standings with 31 points from 13 games. Nancy, which beat Bordeaux 1-0, is second with 27 points from 12 games.

AS Monaco upset third-place Rennes 1-0 to snap a six-game winless streak. Also yesterday, it was Strasbourg 1, Paris Saint-Germain 2; Marseille 0, Lorient 0; Nice 0, Sochaux 0; and Lille 1, Auxerre 0.

SPAIN

In Madrid, Seydou Keita and Luis Fabiano scored first-half goals to give Sevilla a 2-0 victory over Spanish league leader Real Madrid. Madrid's defeat was its second in 11 games this season. Valencia, which new coach Ronald Koeman will take over tomorrow, beat Mallorca 2-0.


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