Manchester United Struggles to 1-1 Tie
Manchester United was held to a 1- 1 tie by Middlesbrough yesterday, dropping two points in the Premier League title race.
Kieran Richardson gave United the lead in the third minute, but Mark Viduka tied the score with a header in the 45th.
United has 82 points. Chelsea, bidding for a third straight Premier League title, has 78 points and plays at Newcastle today.
Tottenham held Arsenal to a 2- 2 tie behind an injury- time goal by Jermaine Jenas. The last time Tottenham beat Arsenal in any competition was 2- 1 in November 1999.
Liverpool beat Wigan, 2- 0, on a pair of goals by Dirk Kuyt to ensure it will finish in the top four and play in next season’s Champions League. . . .
Juventus opened a seven- point lead in Italy’s second division by beating Genoa, 3- 1, on goals by Pavel Nedved, Giorgio Chiellini and David Trezeguet. Ronaldo scored twice to lead AC Milan over Cagliari, 3- 1, in Italy’s top league. . . .
David Beckham returned to Real Madrid after a six- week absence and set up the winning goal in a 2- 1 win over Valencia in the Spanish league. The win puts Madrid in second place behind Barcelona. . . .
Schalke stayed in first place in the Bundesliga after beating Energie Cottbus, 2- 0, and Bayern Munich’s title hopes basically ended after a 2- 0 loss at VfB Stuttgart. . . .
Lyon won its sixth straight French league title without even playing because second- place Toulouse lost to Rennes, 3- 2. K MLS: Chad Barrett and Chris Rolfe scored for the Chicago Fire in a 2- 1 win over the Kansas City Wizards in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago took a 1- 0 lead in the 36th minute when Barrett, off a pass from Rolfe, beat a Wizards defender and sent a shot to the left of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
Rolfe gave Chicago a 2- 0 lead in the 74th minute, sending a penalty kick into the lower left corner of the net. Carlos Marinelli scored on a penalty kick for Kansas City in the 90th minute. . . .
In East Rutherford, N. J., Jozy Altidore scored for the second straight game and Ronald Waterreus posted his second shutout to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 1- 0 win over the Houston Dynamo.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney controls the ball en route to setting up Kieran Richardson for an early goal against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.