Arsenal stunned by late equalizer at Sunderland

Last Updated: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 10:10

London: Arsenal conceded an equalizer in the
fifth minute of stoppage time to draw 1-1 at Sunderland, while
Tottenham scored three times in the last 15 minutes to beat
Wolverhampton 3-1 in the English Premier League.

Second-place Arsenal led through Cesc Fabregas` freak
goal, but Alex Song was sent off in the second half and Tomas
Rosicky missed a penalty before Darren Bent struck late for
Sunderland yesterday.

Spurs fell behind on the stroke of halftime through
Steven Fletcher`s goal, but Rafael van der Vaart equalized
from the penalty spot in the 75th and Roman Pavlyuchenko and
Alan Hutton completed the comeback.

West Ham, which had lost four straight matches, was held
to 1-1 by Stoke, while Everton is also still searching for its
first win after being beaten 1-0 by Newcastle.

Clint Dempsey rescued a 1-1 draw for Fulham at Blackburn,
Aston Villa was held at home by Bolton by the same score, and
West Bromwich beat local rival Birmingham 3-1.

Chelsea, which hosts Blackpool on Sunday, has a one-point
lead over Arsenal at the top of the standings.

Arsenal led after 13 minutes at Sunderland when Fabregas
charged down Anton Ferdinand`s clearance 35 yards (meters)
from goal and the ball ricocheted over stranded goalkeeper
Simon Mignolet and into the net.

Arsenal was reduced to 10 men in the 55th when Alex Song
was booked for the second time for a foul on Steed Malbranque.

Fabregas was forced off with a hamstring injury in the
29th and replacement Rosicky sent a penalty high over the
cross bar in the 74th after Samir Nasri was fouled by Ahmed
Elmohamady.

Bent forced the ball into the net in a goalmouth scramble
after Gael Clichy and Laurent Koscielny failed to clear.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was angry that the match
was still continuing after the four minutes of injury time
initially announced had already elapsed.

"Nothing happened in those four minutes to justify them
adding more," Wenger said.

Tottenham looked to be experiencing a European hangover
when Fletcher slammed in Kevin Foley`s low cross from close
range for Wolves.

Three days after Spurs made their Champions League debut,
they struggled to break through the Wolves defense until Alan
Hutton`s run into the penalty area was halted by Stephen
Ward`s mistimed diving challenge. Van der Vaart, the
deadline-day signing from Real Madrid last month, scored from
the penalty spot.

Van der Vaart was replaced for the final four minutes by
Aaron Lennon, who set up Tottenham`s second.

Lennon`s cross was only partially cleared and played back
to Tom Huddlestone, whose shot was blocked straight to
Pavyluchenko for the simplest of finishes.

A mix-up between defender Richard Stearman and American
goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann allowed Hutton to pounce and force
the ball in for Spurs` third goal.

West Brom also came from a goal down to beat Birmingham,
which announced before the match that manager Alex McLeish had
signed a new three-year contract which keeps him at the club
until 2013.

Birmingham took the lead when Cameron Jerome scored his
first goal of the season in the 15th by volleying home from
Scott Dann`s header.

But promoted West Brom dominated after the interval,
drawing level in the 51st when Dann scored an own goal while
under pressure from striker Peter Odemwingie as Jerome Thomas`
cross came in.

Odemwingie exploited a mistake from Lee Bowyer to put
West Brom ahead in the 59th and Jonas Olsson headed in Chris
Brunt`s inswinging corner 10 minutes later.

At Stoke, Scott Parker`s close-range finish put
bottom-place West Ham ahead after 32 minutes, but Kenwyne
Jones headed in the equalizer at the start of the second half.

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier watched from the
stands as Villa was held by Bolton.

England winger Ashley Young gave Villa the lead with a
free kick after 13 minutes on Saturday, but Bolton equalized
10 minutes before halftime with a close-range goal from
striker Kevin Davies.

Fulham remain unbeaten in the Premier League after Clint
Dempsey headed in Carlos Salcido`s cross in the 56th to cancel
out Christopher Samba`s first-half goal for Blackburn, which
took advantage of sloppy defending.

Hatem Ben Arfa marked his full debut for Newcastle by
scoring the winner against Everton to seal his new club`s
first away win of the season.

Ben Arfa sent a hard shot into the top corner from 25
yards (meters) just before half time as Everton`s poor start
to the season continued.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 10:10

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