United, Arsenal lead in England

Title favourites Manchester United and Arsenal share the top spot in the English Premier League after two weeks.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Title favourites Manchester United and Arsenal share the top spot in the English Premier League after two weeks while Bayern Munich moved into a first-place tie in the German Bundesliga yesterday. Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in his 10th straight league game to equal a record as the defending champion Red Devils rallied to beat Newcastle 2-1 for their second win in a row. In 1987, Liverpool's John Aldridge scored in 10 straight games in the old division one. Paul Scholes also scored for United while former England captain Alan Shearer had given the Magpies an earlier lead. Manchester United has 17 wins and three draws in the league since last December. Arsenal, which finished second last season, got a pair of goals from Sylvain Wiltord in a 4-0 romp at Middlesbrough. Thierry Henry and Gilberto Silva also hit the target. Claudio Pizarro and Giovane Elber scored a goal each as Bayern moved into a three-way tie for the lead in Germany after beating Hamburger SV 2-0. Defending champion Bayern has won a record 17 Bundesliga titles. Werder Bremen and VfB Stuttgart also have 10 points from four matches. The Spanish and Italian leagues start next weekend. Free-spending Chelsea, which beat Leicester 2-1, is also perfect after two matches in the Premier League. Adrian Mutu scored the winner from 20 yards. Lilian Nalis' own-goal gave Chelsea the lead in the second minute, though James Scowcroft equalized in the 39th minute. Also, newly promoted Portsmouth is undefeated after drawing 1-1 at Manchester City while Liverpool laboured to a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. Portsmouth, which beat Villa last week, spoiled City's home opener at the new City of Manchester Stadium. Yakubu Ayegbini scored in the 23rd minute and David Sommeil equalized late in injury time. Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have six points after two matches. Werder Bremen thrashed Schalke 4-1 while Stuttgart also stayed at the top with an impressive 2-0 victory against Kaiserslautern on a weekend when the Bundesliga celebrated its 40th birthday. Stuttgart's players, still the league's youngest unit, charged up and down the field as usual with the attack which made them Bundesliga runners-up last season. The chub was rewarded with header goals off corners by Cacau and Zvonimir Saldo. Mateja Kezman scored two goals as PSV Eindhoven thrashed Willem II Tilburg 6-1 in the Dutch Premier League while Ajax topped RBC Roosendaal 1-0 and Feyenoord Rotterdam lost at SC Heerenveen 1-0. Kezman, last year's league-leading scorer, has four goals in two matches this season. He scored both last week in a season-opening 2-2 draw with Roda JC Kerkrade. Tom Soetaers scored for Ajax while Gerald Sibon got the winner for Heerenveen. Ajax, Heerenveen and RKC Waalwijk lead the league with six points each while PSV has four. (AP)