Man City hold Chelsea; Barca upset; AC Milan win
London, February 7:
David James made a stunning, one-handed save in injury time as Manchester City, the only team to beat Chelsea in the league, held out for a 0-0 tie with the Blues. The result meant that Jose Mourinho’s men, expected to stay 11 points clear, now only leads Manchester United by nine.
In other game, Marcus Bent scored an equaliser in the second minute of injury time to break Southampton hearts as fourth place Everton captured a 2-2 tie. Chelsea now has 65 points, Manchester United 56 and defending champion Arsenal 54. The tie cemented Everton’s position in fourth place.
Spanish La Liga:
MADRID: Fernando Torres scored one goal just after the first minute and added another just after the last minute to help Atletico Madrid upset leader FC Barcelona 2-0. The Spain striker scored his first just 63 seconds after the opening whistle and added the insurance from the penalty spot in the fourth minute of injury time. Atletico, winless in its last 10 away matches, gave a determined and disciplined display and was helped by Ronaldinho’s 70th-minute penalty miss.
It was Barcelona’s first loss at home since December 6, 2003 and left it only four points ahead of second-place Real Madrid.
Earlier, Sevilla crushed Levante 3-0 to move into fourth place; Diego Forlan scored his 14th goal of the season in Villarreal’s 2-1 win over Racing Santander; Real Betis downed Osasuna 3-1 and Athletic Bilbao extended its unbeaten run to eight games with a 1-1 draw against Deportivo La Coruna. Also, it was: Albacete 2, Zaragoza 1; Malaga 0, Mallorca 0; and Getafe 1, Numancia 0. FC Barcelona is on top with 51 points, followed by Real Madrid with 47. Valencia and Sevilla are next with 38 points each, one more than Villarreal and Betis.
Italian Serie A:
ROME: Hernan Crespo scored an injury-time goal, and defending champion AC Milan beat Lazio 2-1 to move within two points of leaders Juventus. Lazio took the lead in the 56th minute when Massimo Oddo converted a penalty kick. Andriy Shevchenko equalised in the 70th with a curling shot on a long-distance free kick.
Milan now has 48 points, two behind Juventus. Lazio has just 24 points and remains in the lower half of the 20-team standings.
Earlier, 10-man Inter Milan rallied to a 2-2 draw at lowly Parma to stretch its unbeaten streak to a league record of 23 matches. Fourth-place Inter has 39 points. Udinese, now with 40 points, regained third place with a 1-0 victory at lowly Brescia on a goal by Vincenzo Laquinta. AS Roma was held to a 1-1 draw by Bologna.
In other matches: Reggina drew 3-3 with Siena; last-place Atalanta topped Livorno 1-0; Cagliari beat 10-man Lecce 3-1; and Chievo Verona downed Messina 1-0.