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Fergie fumes after Arsenal-United draw
by Paul Kennedy, November 5th, 2007 7AM

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MATCH/ARSENAL-MANCHESTER UNITED
Alex Ferguson rued Manchester United's failure to come away from its English Premier League top-of-the-table clash at Arsenal with the three points on Saturday.

Arsenal, unbeaten in 14 straight games this season, escaped with a 2-2 tie on French defender William Gallas' stoppage-time goal. Ferguson criticized referee Howard Webb for not calling a foul by Gallas on Louis Saha on the buildup that led to the tying goal.

Ferguson also blamed his players for a lack of concentration. "We thought we had done enough to win," he said, "but that's football and I cannot believe we threw it away at the end. It was a lack of concentration on both goals. On their first one, we should have cleared the ball away for a corner but didn't. We lost our bearings."

Spaniard Cesc Fabregas scored Arsenal's first goal three minutes into the second half. United has taken the lead at the end of the first half on a Wayne Rooney shot that deflected off Gallas. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the second United goal.

PLAYER/RONALDINHO
[VIDEO] Ronaldinho answered his critics with two goals on free kicks to give Barcelona a 3-0 victory over Real Betis on Sunday that moved it to within one point of Real Madrid, which fell to Sevilla, 2-0, on Saturday.

Ronaldinho has come in for harsh criticism for his indifferent form and been accused of spending too much time partying, but he looked his old self, curling in two brilliant free kicks, both to the near posts, one high and the other low off the post, to cap a fine display.

"Ronaldinho is improving little by little," said Barca coach Frank Rijkaard, "and the team notices that immediately on the field. He looks happy out there on the field, and there is no doubt that he still has a lot to offer this team and the club."

RACE/BUNDESLIGA
Bayern's lead in the Bundesliga, which was six points in mid-October, is down to two points after it was held to a 0-0 tie at home with Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg beat Hertha Berlin, 2-1, on defender Bastian Reinhardt's late goal.

Bayern, which is still unbeaten after 12 games, had a 38-5 edge in shots but couldn't score against Eintracht. "[Eintracht] defended well," said Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, "but we certainly deserved to win. Everyone comes here and defends, but we mustn't be knocked out of our stride by that."

In Hamburg, Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart was once again brilliant for HSV, setting up both goals in the win over Hertha, the seventh straight victory in the Bundesliga since its 2-1 loss at Eintracht in mid-September.

COACH/JOZEF SABO
Jozef Sabo is out as Dynamo Kiev just two months after he replaced Anatoly Demyanenko as head coach.

The announcement that Sabo, who has been plagued by cardiac problems, had gone on permanent leave came a day after Dynamo lost, 1-0, at home to Metallist Kharkiv and fell 10 points behind leader Shakhtar Donetsk at the halfway point of the Ukrainian Premier League. Dynamo is also pointless after three games in its Champions League group. Former Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny has taken over as Dynamo coach.

Born in an area of Hungary that is now part of Ukraine, Sabo played for Dynamo and previously coached it in the the 1990s and again in 2004-2005.

 



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