LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League matches played over the weekend: Played on Sunday: EVERTON 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 1 Both teams extended their unbeaten runs to five games and though Everton had most of the play their attack was relatively blunt and the draw was probably fair. Boro went ahead after eight minutes when Gary O'Neil finished of a swift break with a precise shot but Everton got their deserved equalised when Ayegbeni Yakubu turned in a Mikel Arteta free kick via his back after 65. HULL CITY 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2 A result that stopped the rot for both teams after they had each gone into Sunday's game on the back of three successive defeats. After a defensive blunder apiece Daniel Cousins had Hull ahead with Stephen Ireland levelling, before the midfielder curled in a lovely 20-metre effort to give the visitors a 2-1 halftime lead. Hull grabbed a point with a deflected Geovanni free kick after an hour and both sides had chances to win it after that. Played on Saturday: ARSENAL 0 ASTON VILLA 2 Arsenal received a let-off in the first half when keeper Manuel Almunia saved Ashley Young's penalty but Villa persevered and got their reward after the break. Gael Clichy headed Young's cross into his own goal with 20 minutes remaining before Gabriel Agbonlahor sealed Villa's first league win at Arsenal for 15 years. BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 SUNDERLAND 2 Rovers dominated the first half and led through Christopher Samba's header but Sunderland hit back after the break with Kenwyne Jones and Djibril Cisse on target. BOLTON WANDERERS 0 LIVERPOOL 2 Fit-again striker Fernando Torres was left on the Liverpool bench but Dirk Kuyt showed his worth with a header after 28 minutes from Fabio Aurelio's cross. Bolton were unlucky to have Gary Cahill's header ruled out just before halftime. Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool breathing space when he headed in after substitute Torres curled a cross with the outside of his right foot. FULHAM 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 Tottenham's dramatic revival under new manager Harry Redknapp came to a juddering halt after another error by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian made a mess of a shot from former Spurs man Simon Davies in the first half to give Fulham the lead. Andy Johnson stretched the advantage after the break before Fraizer Campbell pulled one back for the visitors with nine minutes left. MANCHESTER UNITED 5 STOKE CITY 0 Cristiano Ronaldo was back to his best, smashing in a free kick early on and then setting up Michael Carrick for United's second. Dimitar Berbatov made it 3-0 after the break from close range before league debutant Danny Welbeck scored the goal of the game, a swerving shot from 25 metres. Ronaldo completed the rout with another free kick blast. NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 Titus Bramble struck a late equaliser against his old club to give Wigan a deserved point. The visitors led for the majority of the match after a superb shot from Ryan Taylor but they were put on the back foot when Emmerson Boyce was harshly sent off after halftime. Substitute Michael Owen wasted a glorious chance for Newcastle before finally equalising 10 minutes from time and Obafemi Martins seemed to have won it for the home side until Bramble's last-gasp header. WEST HAM UNITED 0 PORTSMOUTH 0 West Ham's long run without a win continued although a first clean sheet of the season was welcome. Craig Bellamy came closest to breaking the deadlock for the home side when he struck the crossbar with a free kick after the break. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 CHELSEA 3 Bottom versus top turned out to be a one-sided affair as Chelsea sealed the points by halftime with a record 10th consecutive away win in the Premier League. Jose Bosingwa opened the scoring with a curling shot before Nicolas Anelka struck with a delicate chip over Scott Carson. The prolific Frenchman then took his season's tally to 12 in the league with his second goal on the stroke of halftime.
16 November 2008
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