score football magazine


November 2007

Day 12
Premier League

Top Draw
Arsenal salvaged a point with a goal in stoppage time against Manchester United to stay top of the league. The visitors took the lead in first half stoppage time when Wayne Rooney got on the end of a low delivery from Ronaldo to force the ball in with the help of a Gallas deflection, but 3 minutes into the second half a van der Sar block was directed into the path of Febregas who coolly picked his spot to cancel United's lead. With only 8 minutes of the match remaining Evra pulled the ball back across the face of goal for Ronaldo to tap in what seemed to be a United winner, but late in stoppage time Gallas volleyed a goalmouth scramble over the line to keep Arsenal on top with a 2-2 draw. Chelsea had their 2-0 win at Wiagn wrapped up by the 18th minute when Juliano Belletti fired in a superb shot after Lampard had tucked away a Shaun Wright-Phillips pass 7 minutes earlier. Portsmouth destroyed Newcastle in the first 11 minutes handing the Geordies their first home defeat of the season. A ferocious shot from Noe Pamarot in the 8th minute gave the visitors the lead which was doubled a minute later when Benjani curled the ball past Harper in the Newcastle goal; and 2 minutes later Utaka brushed off a defender and rounded the keeper to leave Newcastle shell shocked and 3 down after only 11 minutes. Newcastle pulled a goal back in the 18th minute when David James saved a shot from N'Zogbia and Michael Owen reacted quickest deflecting the ball in off the chest of Campbell, but a comeback for Newcastle was not to be as Taylor got an unfortunate touch to a Niko Kranjcar free kick from the left side beating Steve Harper in the 71st minute for the 4th time. Darren Bent scored for Tottenham with a 35th minute strike at Middlesbrough, but Luke Young arrowed a magnificent shot into the top corner in the 52nd minute to deny his former club victory. Simon Davies put Fulham ahead against Reading with a sweet volley in the 18th minute, but Kevin Doyle nodded in an equaliser for the visitors in the 54th minute. Clint Dempsey toe-poked Fulham back in front in the 72nd minute and David Healy made it 3-1 in the last minute before Elliot Omozusi was sent off for Fulham. Olivier Kapo equalised Yakubu's 10th minute goal with an 80th minute header for Birmingham at Everton, but Lee Carsley drove in the winner in the 90th minute with substitute James Vaughan racing through to beat Taylor for the 3rd just before the final whistle. Second-half goals by Martin Laursen and Ashley Young gave Aston Villa a deserved 2-0 home victory over bottom side Derby County, while Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool drew 0-0 with David Dunn seeing his effort beat Reina but hit the underside of the bar at the end of the first half and Peter Crouch having his header cleared off the line in the second half. On Sunday a last gasp equaliser from Kevin Nolan salvaged Bolton a point at West Ham after George McCartney had put the Hammers ahead with a spectacular volley in the 19th minute. On Monday evening in Manchester, Stephen Ireland scored the only goal of the match in the 67th minute with a crisp volley as City beat Sunderland to regain third spot.

Day 13
Premier League
Sam Keane to draw
Sam Allardyce's Newcastle earned a point at Roy Keane's Sunderland when Milner's low cross in the 65th minute found the back of the net after Danny Higginbotham had given the Black Cats the lead with a 52nd minute header, though Sunderland almost snatched a win when Copra headed against the bar late on in the match. Derby suffered a humiliating 5-0 home defeat against West Ham, as 2 goals from Lee Bowyer, another from Matthew Etherington and an own goal were rounded off with a Solano free-kick to leave Derby rooted to the bottom of the table. Fulham seemed to be heading for a draw at Liverpool when Fernando Torres rushed into the box and beat Niemi with a low shot in the 81st minute. Steven Gerrard secured the points when he sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot 4 minutes later. On Sunday Aston Villa took the lead away to Birmingham in the11th minute when Liam Ridgewell scored an own goal for his former club, but Mikael Forssell steered in a powerful header to level matters in the 62nd minute. Shortly after clearing Ridgwell's header off the line, Gabrieal Agbonlahor scored the winner for Villa with a glancing header in the 87th minute leaving Birmingham with not enough time to reply. A last minute overhead kick from Everton's Tim Cahill cancelled out Drogba's 70th minute header at Chelsea, while Manchester City drew 0-0 at Portsmouth with David Nugent coming closest with a shot that struck the inside of the post for the hosts. The dismissal of David Dunn in the second half at Old Trafford did not help matters for Blackburn who had already fallen behind with 2 goals in quick succession (34,35) from Cristiano Ronaldo. Jermaine Jenas grabbed a brace as Tottenham enjoyed a 4-0 win over Wigan at White Hart Lane. Jenas was on hand to tap in a cross from Robbie Keane in the 13th minute and rounded the keeper to beat a defender on the line 13 minutes later. Aaron Lennon found the corner of the net from outside the area in the 34th minute and Darren Bent scored off the post in the 72nd minute to round off a good win for Spurs. Bolton and Middlesbrough drew 0-0 at the Reebok. On Monday evening Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League wit a 3-1 win at Reading. Mathieu Flamini broke the deadlock just before the break and Adebayor scored Arsenal's 1000th Premiership goal with a fine finish in the 52nd minute with Hleb adding another in the 78th minute rendering Nicky Shorey's late goal a mere consolation for the Royals.

Day 14
Premier League
Northern misery
Newcastle suffered another home defeat losing 3-0 to Liverpool. The Visitors went ahead when Steven Gerrard beat Shay Given with a bullet of a free kick in the 28th minute and should have doubled their lead just before the break when Given left his area and was beaten by Torres who saw his effort strike the post. Liverpool got the goal they deserved a minute into the second half when a corner kick came off Dirk Kuyt, and in the 66th minute Steven Gerrard pulled the ball back for Ryan Babel to seal victory for the Reds. Everton tore Sunderland apart at Goodison Park inflicting a 7-1 defeat on the visitors with Yakubu and Cahill scoring twice in the process. Steven Pienaar, Andrew Johnson and Leon Osman also got on the score sheet, with Dwight Yorke's goal on the stroke of half time being the only bright spot on an otherwise dismal day for Sunderland. Aston Villa enjoyed a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough to make it a hat-tick of bad results for the north of England. After a neat piece of ball control John Carew turned and fired a low shot past Mark Schwarzer at the end of the first half, and 3 minutes into the second half Olof Mellberg took advantage of a missed clearance to stab the ball home. Gabrieal Agbonlahor forced the ball past Schwarzer 10 minutes later and came close to adding another but saw his effort rebound off the post. Arsenal scored 2 late goals to secure a home win against a resiliant Wigan side managed by new boss Steve Bruce. Gallas opened the scoring with a near post header in the 83rd minute and Bendtner fed Rosicky who rolled the ball in off the post 2 minutes later. Alex Ferguson was sent to the stands at Bolton after the break as Man United lost to an 11th minute Anelka goal. Stephen Ireland hit the ball on the volley to score a superb stoppage time winner for Manchester City who keep their 100% home record in tact after James Harper had curled the ball into the roof of the net for Reading in the 43rd minute to equalise Martin Petrov's 11th minute effort. Niko Kranjcar's free kick darted into the top corner with 8 minutes remaining to add to Muntari's 34th minute goal for Portsmouth at Birmingham. Chelsea won 2-0 at struggling Derby with Solomon Kalou slotting the ball past Stephen Bywater in the 17th minute and Shaun Wright-Phillips steering the ball home after Frank Lampard's shot had rebounded off the post with 17 minutes remaining. On Sunday a defensive error ended in Carlton Cole Putting West Ham ahead with a 20th minute tap in, but Michael Dawson rose high to reach the ball before Robert Green and head Tottenham back on level terms in the 67th minute. Tottenham who felt they should have had a penalty at the end of the first half for a Robert Green foul on Robbie Keane were awarded a spot kick at the end of the second half, but Green became the hero at Upton Park when he saved from Defoe. In the other Sunday match Blackburn twice came from behind at Fulham as the two teams shared 4 second-half goals. In Midweek Aston Villa made it 4 straight league wins with 4 goals at Blackburn. The 52nd minute dismissal of Ryan Nelsen resulted in a penalty kick which Gareth Barry converted to add to John Carew's 29th minute header. Two late goals from Ashley Young and Marlon Harewood gave Villa a flattering 4-0 win.
At the end of November Arsenal remain at the top of the Barclay's Premier League, followed by Man United, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

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