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WINNERS & LOSERS: Lewis, Onyewu strike; Friedel helps Blackburn down Arsenal
February 27th, 2006 4:52PM
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OGUCHI ONYEWU scored for Standard Liege in a 1-1 tie at Club Brugge, which keeps the American defender's team in second place of the Belgian First Division, ahead of Club Brugge on goal difference and two points behind Anderlecht. It was Onyewu's second goal of the season.

American keeper BRAD FRIEDEL performed well and made a key save against Emmanuel Adebayor to help Blackburn down Arsenal, 1-0, to move ahead of the Gunners in the English Premier League standings. Blackburn is in fifth place, which at the end of the season is worth a UEFA Cup spot.

EDDIE LEWIS scored his fourth goal of the season for Leeds United in its 2-1 win over Luton. English second-tier leader READING, with Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey going the full 90, returned to winning ways, downing Preston, 2-1, a week after its 33-game unbeaten streak ended.

CHIVAS GUADALAJARA downed Club America, 1-0, to win the Mexican league's "superclasico." The game was aired in the USA by Univision and received 1.5 percent overnight rating, which translates to about 1.5 million households. According to's Oliver Tse, if the ratings hold up, it would be the highest rated soccer game in the USA not involving national teams. The 1996 and 1997 MLS finals on ABC both drew over 1.3 million households but an MLS game hasn't drawn more than 1.1 million households since then.

MANCHESTER UNITED won the Carling League Cup with a 4-0 over Wigan in which Wayne Rooney struck twice. It marks Manchester United's first trophy since its 2004 FA Cup win and its first since the $1 billion takeover by the American Glazer family last year. It will likely be its only this season as the Reds Devils have already been eliminated from the FA Cup and the European Champions League, and trail Premier League leader Chelsea by 15 points.

ROMA's 2-0 win over Lazio was its 11th straight win and set an Italian Serie A record. Previously, Juventus (1931-32), AC Milan (1950- 51) and Bologna (1963-64) won 10 straight.


In Germany, BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH's UEFA Cup quest took a blow when it fell, 2-0, to second place Werder Bremen as American keeper Kasey Keller was beaten on two headers. Gladbach dropped to ninth place. HANNOVER 96, with American Steve Cherundolo going the full 90, slipped two spots, to seventh place, with a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg.

CARLOS BOCANEGRA was the Sun's lowest rated player (4 out of 10) in Fulham's 2-1 loss to Bolton, in which he failed on opportunities to prevent both goals. Brian McBride received a 6.

Barcelona's Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o was taunted by racist chants from REAL ZARAGOZA fans whenever on the ball and in the 76th minute declared he had enough and proceeded to leave the field. Referee Victor Esquinas Torres stopped the game while teammates and opponents successfully convinced Eto'o to continue, after which Barcelona scored twice - once thanks an Eto'o assist - to win, 2-0.

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