Liverpool at the helm

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

Liverpool at the helm

A goal from Uruguayan international Gus Poyet with virtually the last kick of the game saved Tottenham Hotspur from defeat against arch- rivals Arsenal in the English Premiership on Saturday. The 129th league fixture between the two north London clubs marked the return of Sol Campbell, the former Spurs captain, but now an Arsenal player, to White Hart Lane for the first time since his move. A more fractious than usual derby game ended 1-1 after Robert Pires had given Arsenal the lead with nine minutes to go. Then, with most Arsenal fans about to celebrate their win, visiting 'keeper Richard Wright allowed Poyet's shot to squeeze inside his right-hand post and the referee blew for full time seconds after the restart.Both teams finished the day as they started it. Arsenal stay fifth in the table, while Spurs remain ninth.Hotspurs had the early chances and found the back of the net in the 43rd minute after a Les Ferdinand header but the referee ruled it a hand ball and the game remained goalless.The first goal came in the 81st minute and it was Arsenal who were in the lead. It looked like Arsenal would pull off an unlikely win, but then late into injury time, substitute Sergei Rebrov's cross found Poyet, who struck a brilliant first time volley for the equalizer. And that's how the game ended.Liverpool took the lead against the Blackburn Rovers in the 30th minute. A fine cross by Steven Gerrard was met by Micheal Owen, who headed home his 13th goal in 14 appearances.The Rovers continued to press forward and in the 52nd minute they found the equalizer as Matt Jansen hit a low shot from 10 yards out. It was 1-1 and that is how it stayed till the final whistle.Meanwhile, Manchester United with a fit Roy Keane looked more confident taking the lead in the 21st minute against lowly placed Leicester City. Leicester should have equalized just three minutes later, when Laurent Blanc fouled Trevor Benjamin in the penalty area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.Muzzy Izzet took the penalty, but only managed to find the post as Manchester maintained their lead. Five minutes into the second half and United were 2-0 up, Gary Neville with a great cross that was headed home by Dwight Yorke for his first goal of the season. Manchester went on to win 2-0.In some of the other matches over the weekend, Leeds United suffered their first defeat of the season to Sunderland, while Ipswich town lost at home to the Bolton Wanderers.The standings saw Liverpool on top with 23 points, ahead of Leeds only on goal difference. But the Reds still have a game in hand. United rise two places to fourth in the table, with Arsenal wrapping up the top five.



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