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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Newcastle, Forest Draw, United Outshoots Villa

NOTTINGHAM, England -- Mark Crossley's fingertip save with nine minutes to play preserved a scoreless draw for Nottingham Forest against first-place Newcastle in the English Premier League.

Crossley leaped to push over the crossbar Peter Beardsley's sharp header off John Beresford's free kick. It was the best save in Monday's match that saw both Newcastle's Paul Kitson and Forest's Stan Collymore miss open scoring chances in the second half.

The draw increased Newcastle's lead to three points over second-place Blackburn in the 22-team league. Forest, breaking a two-game losing streak, moved into a points tie with third-place Manchester United, five points off the lead.

On Sunday, Andrei Kanchelskis' goal in the 51st minute gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, lifting the defending champions to third place in the English Premier League.

In a rematch of last season's League Cup final, which Villa won to deny United a sweep of England's three major trophies, Kanchelskis slotted the winning goal through defender Phil King's legs from eight meters out after Villa had failed to clear Denis Irwin's cross.

Villa striker Dalian Atkinson's 30-meter blast in the 29th minute was partially blocked by Steve Bruce yet still managed to bounce off the right post and into the net. Paul Ince tied it for United in the final minute of the half, teeing off on a blistering drive from 25 meters out that diving goalkeeper Nigel Spink had little chance of stopping.

The two English teams that advanced in Europe last week, Arsenal and Chelsea, registered draws as they returned to league play.

Without suspended striker Ian Wright, who leads Premier League players with 16 goals, Arsenal plodded to a scoreless tie against Sheffield Wednesday at Highbury. Chelsea, coming off a victory over Austria Vienna in the Cup Winners Cup, continued to struggle with injuries in a 2-2 home draw with Coventry.

On Saturday, last-place Everton played to a scoreless draw with Norwich, a result that finally cost manager Mike Walker his job. Walker was fired Tuesday, after his club won only six out of 35 league and cup matches during his 10-month reign.

In the German Bundesliga, two crisp second-half goals from Steffen Freund and Andy M?ller secured Borussia Dortmund a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen on Sunday to stretch its lead at the top of the German first division to three points.

Freund fired in a fierce shot from the edge of the box after a corner to break the deadlock in the 71st minute before German World Cup player M?ller curled the ball superbly round the defensive wall to score from a free-kick in the 80th minute.

Dortmund earned its victory over second-placed Bremen in the intense top-of-the-table clash which was played in front of a capacity 42,800 crowd in Dortmund's Westfalenstadion.