Amado Guevara scored in the first half and Tony Meola made three saves for the shutout, leading the host New York/N.J. MetroStars to a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution last night in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

The victory gives the MetroStars the upper hand in the home-and-home aggregate goal series.

The MetroStars won a playoff game for the first time since beating Los Angeles, 4-1, in a quarterfinal game on Sept. 26, 2001. Since then, the MetroStars were 0-4-1 in the postseason.

Guevara scored in the 34th minute, blasting a shot from 27 yards that bounced once past Revolution goalkeeper Matt Ries and into the lower left corner. Youri Djorkaeff drew two defenders and quickly passed to the open Guevara, who scored his second playoff goal against New England.

* FC DALLAS 0, RAPIDS 0: In Denver, Scott Garlick made a diving save in the final minutes to help Dallas preserve a tie in the first game of a Western Conference semifinal series.

Garlick dove far to his right to block a shot from Dedi Ben Dayan in the 87th minute. Garlick, a former Colorado goalkeeper, stopped three other Rapids scoring tries. Two of the shots came from Gean Phillippe Peguero.

Dallas rarely crossed midfield in the second half, and its lone scoring chance came in the 82nd minute when Ramon Nunez's shot from 25 feet was handled easily by Colorado goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

England

Tottenham held Manchester United to a 1-1 tie in the Premier League, while Arsenal missed a bizarre penalty kick in its 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Arsenal's Robert Pires scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute after Thierry Henry had been brought down, then squandered the chance to make it 2-0.

Arsenal had been awarded another penalty but instead of kicking the ball toward the net, Pires ran up then weakly passed to Henry. However, the Frenchman failed to connect with the ball. Referee Mike Riley then awarded a free kick to Manchester City.

In other results, it was: Wigan 2, Aston Villa 0; Fulham 2, Liverpool 0; Blackburn 2, Birmingham 0; Charlton 2, Portsmouth 1.

Spain

Samuel Eto'o scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second half and Barcelona beat second-place Osasuna, 3-0.

Barcelona, which has drawn four of eight games this season, climbed from sixth to fourth place with 13 points, two behind league-leader Real Madrid, which plays today.