Arsenal, Liverpool Tie Again

Associated Press
Sunday, April 6, 2008

Dave van den Bergh scored the fastest goal in Red Bulls history 46 seconds after the opening kickoff, sparking host New York to a 2-0 season-opening victory over the Columbus Crew last night.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic knocked the ball away from Guillermo Barros Schelotto at midfield, Van den Bergh took two touches and struck a left-footer from 30 yards that skipped off the turf and deflected into the net off diving Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer. New York played without Jozy Altidore; he was out with a bruised knee. . . .

Scott Sealy poked a left-footed shot into the left corner of the net in the 87th minute to give the Kansas City Wizards a 3-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids.

Jimmy Conrad scored twice in two minutes early in the second half for Kansas City (2-0), but Colorado (1-1) tied the game. . . .

Former D.C. United striker Alecko Eskandarian scored the final goal in a 3-1 victory for Chivas USA over visiting Real Salt Lake. Sacha Kljestan added a goal and an assist for Chivas.

In England, Another Tie

Arsenal rallied to a 1-1 tie against Liverpool in the Premier League, three days after the teams played to the same result in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals in London.

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner evened the score in the 54th minute. Peter Crouch had put Liverpool ahead in the 42nd.

The clubs meet again at Anfield on Tuesday in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Meantime, Portsmouth reached its first FA Cup final since 1939 with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in a semifinal at Wembley. Nwankwo Kanu scored the only goal in the 54th minute.

Kanu previously had played for West Brom.

Portsmouth will play either Barnsley or Cardiff City in the FA Cup Final. Barnsley and Cardiff play today at Wembley Stadium in the other semifinal.

SCOTLAND: Celtic's chance of retaining its Premier League title grew slimmer with a 1-0 loss to 10-man Motherwell.

Simon Lappin scored in the 32nd minute. He struck on a volley from 10 yards after Artur Boruc had pushed away a shot from Marc Fitzpatrick.

Motherwell's Bob Malcolm was ejected after 51 minutes for a tackle on Massimo Donati. But Celtic failed to capitalize and now has 68 points for second place.

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