Manchester City plays to 5th straight draw

Nov 7, 2009 - 9:29 PM LONDON(AP) -- Manchester City was held to a fifth consecutive draw in the Premier League on Saturday, playing to a 3-3 tie with Burnley. The result left Tottenham, which beat Sunderland 2-0, in fourth place.

City had rallied from two goals down to lead 3-2, but Kevin McDonald's late strike gave Burnley its first point on the road.

City has not won since September and this latest draw comes before a visit next week to Abu Dhabi to meet club owner Sheikh Mansour. He has lavished more than $300 million on the team since last season.

Tottenham rebounded at home from back-to-back losses to beat Sunderland 2-0 on goals by Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone. Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent missing a penalty kick for Sunderland.

As City slipped to sixth place, Arsenal moved into second by easing to a 4-1 victory at Wolverhampton and Aston Villa climbed to fifth by routing Bolton 5-1.

First-place Chelsea and defending champion Manchester United, which was overtaken by Arsenal, play Sunday. Blackburn moved out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth.

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MADRID (AP) - Pedro Rodriguez scored twice, powering defending champion Barcelona to a 4-2 win over Mallorca in the Spanish league.

Pedro curled a shot around Dudu Aouate to give first-place Barcelona the lead in the 11th minute and then responded to Jose Nunes' 20th-minute equalizer by pouncing on a rebound just before halftime after three straight saves by the Mallorca goalkeeper.

Thierry Henry headed home his first league goal of the season in the 44th minute and Lionel Messi scored a late penalty kick for Barcelona.

Barcelona has 26 points and Real Madrid 22. Deportivo La Coruna beat Getafe 2-0 to join Sevilla in third with 19 points. Valencia is next with 18, one ahead of Mallorca. Real Madrid played at Atletico Madrid later Saturday.

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PARIS (AP) - Auxerre notched its sixth straight win to beat struggling Le Mans 1-0 and move above Monaco into third place in the French league.

Auxerre's attacking duo of Daniel Niculae and Irineusz Jelen combined on the winner in the 51st minute. Jelen chased down Niculae's long pass and hit a powerful shot that goalkeeper Didier Ovono parried onto Andrade, who steered the ball into the net trying to clear it.

A poor start to the season had left Auxerre 19th place with only one point and no goals after the first four games. But Jelen's return has inspired the team and Auxerre now has 23 points after 12 rounds, putting it even with Lyon and two points behind leader Bordeaux.

Lyon and Bordeaux have a game in hand and play Sunday, when Lyon hosts Marseille and Bordeaux travels to Lille.

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FRANKFURT (AP) - Joel Matip scored in his Bundesliga debut, helping Schalke to a 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich.

The 18-year-old midfielder struck just before the halftime, offsetting Daniel van Buyten's goal. Bayern is winless in its last three games.

Defending champion Wolfsburg came from behind to win 2-1 in Hoffenheim, with Grafite getting the winner on his return to the lineup.

In other games, Mainz beat Nuremberg 1-0, Freiburg won 2-1 in Bochum and Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 0-0 with Stuttgart.

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - Two goals from Kris Boyd gave Rangers a 2-1 victory against St. Mirren in the Scottish Premier League.

Rangers are one point behind league leader Celtic, which plays Falkirk on Sunday.

Also Saturday, Hibernian and Hearts drew 0-0; Aberdeen beat St. Johnstone 2-1; Hamilton and Motherwell drew 2-2; and Dundee United won at Kilmarnock 2-1.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Apostolos Vellios came off the bench to score during injury time for Iraklis and salvage a 1-1 draw at Olympiakos.

Aris and Kavala played to a 0-0 tie and PAOK defeated Panthrakikos 2-1.






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