MANCHESTER: Michael Owen capped one of the most dramatic derbies in Premier League history as the Manchester United striker’s stoppage-time goal clinched a dramatic 4-3 victory over arch rivals Manchester City today.
Craig Bellamy levelled with five seconds left in normal time, his side’s third equaliser of the game coming after
Darren Fletcher’s 80th minute header. That was Fletcher’s
second goal of the game after City had twice equalised — Gareth Barry cancelling out an early Wayne Rooney strike after excellent work from Carlos Tevez and Bellamy scoring a wonderful goal after Fletcher had opened the second half with his first of two goals.
On Saturday, Fernando Torres kept Liverpool’s title bid on track with a late winner in a five-goal thriller at West Ham.
The Spain striker headed in a Ryan Babel cross quarter of an hour from the end to claim his second goal of the evening and seal a 3-2 win for the Reds.
Arsenal strolled to a 4-0
win over Wigan at the
Aston Villa claimed a 2-0 victory over Ports-mouth, who became the first side to lose their first six matches since the launch of the Premier League in 1992-93.
Burnley notched up their third straight win at home with a 3-1 defeat of Sunderland. Birmingham took all three points from their visit to
Hull thanks to Scotland
striker Garry O’Connor’s near-post header from a Keith Fahey corner, a quarter of an hour from the end.
Spanish La Liga
Madrid: Argentine star Lionel Messi celebrated his new deal with Barcelona by scoring twice in the European champions’ 5-2 win over floundering Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Barcelona made it three wins in three games to stay top of the table. Atletico quickly went
behind after a good finish
from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Messi then scored the first
of a brace, rounding the
keeper after being put clear by Xavi Hernandez.
Maxi Rodriguez and Jose Jurado had chances to pull a goal back before a Dani Alves free-kick and a Seydou Keita tap-in gave Barcelona a 4-0 advantage. A poor header from Sergio Busquets set up Sergio Aguero who pulled a goal back before half-time. Diego Forlan pulled one back six minutes from time. Messi though completed the scoring during injury time.
New signing Alvaro Negredo scored his first goal for Sevilla who defeated Osasuna 2-0. Real Mallorca equalled their best ever start to a season with a convincing 4-0 win over promoted Tenerife. Bottom side Espanyol managed their first win of the season, and their first goals, with a 3-2 win at Deportivo la Coruna.