Arsenal beat Liverpool, Barcelona stunned
London, March 13:
Thierry Henry scored twice and Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday, while two goals from Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United a 2-0 win over Newcastle in English Premier League.
Henry punished a rare blunder from Steven Gerrard to score the winner at Highbury, as Arsene Wenger’s team moved up two places to fifth and within two points of fourth-place Tottenham.
Henry gave Arsenal a 21st-minute lead when he collected a well-timed through ball by Cesc Fabregas to curl an angled shot.
The misses appeared costly when Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann was unable to hold a powerful shot from Gerrard and Luis Garcia reacted first to head in.
In other matches, Blackburn 2, Aston Villa 0; Birmingham 1, West Brom 1; Bolton 4, West Ham 1; Everton 3, Fulham 1; Portsmouth 2, Man City 1; and Sunderland 0, Wigan 1.
Spanish La Liga
MADRID: Valdo Lopes scored and Patxi Punal added a penalty on Sunday to give Osasuna a 2-1 victory over FC Barcelona.
Barcelona’s defeat at El Reyno de Navarra stadium was its fourth in the league this season and left it nine points clear of Valencia and Real Madrid.
The defending champions fell behind 2-0 and had Edmilson and Thiago Motta sent off in the second half. Substitute Henrik Larsson scored in the 72nd.
In other games, Alaves and Athletic Bilbao moved out of the relegation zone with victories. Alaves beat Sevilla 2-1 and Bilbao edged Cadiz 1-0.
The defending champion fell behind in the 19th minute through a mistake by goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Osasuna doubled its lead in the 59th through Punal’s penalty, awarded after Edmilson was adjudged to have tripped striker Savo Milosevic.
Larsson had better luck shortly after when he fired home after receiving Ronaldinho’s defense-splitting pass.
Javier Saviola gave Sevilla an 11th-minute lead when he swiveled to volley home David Alves’ cross from the right. Sevilla had defender Aitor Ocio ejected six minutes later for handling in the penalty area. Goalkeeper Andres Palop saved Nene’s penalty kick, though.
Nene made up for the earlier miss by equalising with a fierce shot in the 25th, and Rodolfo Bodipo won the game from close range before halftime.