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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Liverpool Crashes at 'Lucky' United

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United became the first team to beat Liverpool this season thanks to a 23rd minute goal from David Beckham which gave the champions a 1-0 premier league win.


But Liverpool left Old Trafford wondering how they had lost after dominating almost the entire match, outpassing United in midfield and squandering at least six good scoring chances.


United's goal came from their only serious chance and reflected something of the charmed life United lived throughout a pulsating Lancashire derby.


Beckham, standing on the edge of the penalty area, rifled the ball past Liverpool goalkeeper David James but his effort went in off James's right-hand post.


Liverpool's Steve McManaman had three clear-cut scoring chances, their Czech striker Patrick Berger two and striker Stan Collymore one. But in the end they could not turn their territorial superiority into goals.


Newcastle's Alan Shearer fired his home town club to the top of the league with a 76th minute winner at Derby.


Shearer struck the only goal of the game at Derby in characteristically predatory style.


Newcastle defender John Beresford played in a free kick from the left which went all the way through, with Derby debutant center-back Paul McGrath, perhaps anticipating a touch, allowing Shearer to drift off him.


It was all the room Shearer needed to smash a right-footed shot into the bottom corner of the net.


Frenchman Arsene Wenger was given the perfect welcome as Arsenal manager when his new team beat struggling Blackburn 2-0 away to move into second place.


Wenger, watching his first game in charge of the London club, saw Ian Wright score in the third and 51st minutes.


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Defender Massimo Beghetto ended Juventus' unbeaten series A record on Sunday by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory for Vicenza.


Beghetto's goal came after Ciro Ferrara appeared to have claimed a point for the visitors with a 47th-minute headed equalizer to Uruguayan Marcelo Otero's opening goal in the 19th minute.


Inter were 2-0 winners over Piacenza on Saturday to go top despite having England midfielder Paul Ince sent off in the first half.


Inter went ahead in the first half when Marco Branca headed in off a corner and consolidated their lead in the 47th when Djorkaeff, who had earlier missed a penalty made amends with an excellent solo goal


Milan crashed 3-0 at Rome. Striker Francesco Totti scored in the 13th minute with a looping shot across the goalmouth and Massimiliano Cappioli made it 2-0 in the 19th minute and Argentine striker Abelo Balbo. made it 3-0 in the 89th.


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Juergen Klinsmann, silenced the critics with two goals as Bayern Munich won 4-2 at Cologne to draw level Saturday with VfB Stuttgart at the top of the German first division.


Germany captain and striker Klinsmann, angered by criticism over his failure to score in recent weeks, headed home for Bayern's opening goal in the 35th minute and then hit the Bavarians' crucial third in the 68th.


Former Tottenham striker Klinsmann was also involved in clinching Bayern's second goal through a penalty when he was brought down in the area in the 56th minute. Midfielder Mehmet Scholl struck home from the spot.


Cologne replied with a goal from Ralf Hauptmann in the 59th minute and a penalty from Austrian forward Toni Polster in the 77th. But Bayern made sure of the vital three points with a 90th minute goal from Marcel Witeczek.


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Barcelona stayed top of the Spanish first division Sunday after Real Madrid could manage only a 2-2 draw at Racing Santander.


Barcelona's emphatic 5-1 win at Compostela on Saturday included two memorable goals from Brazilian striker Ronaldo.


Real were once again unconvincing in a scrappy game which looked set to end in a scoreless draw until just 20 minutes from the end when Racing's Russian forward Vladimir Beschastnykh broke the offside trap down the right and flicked the ball over Real's German goalkeeper Bodo Illgner.


Shortly afterward the referee surprisingly awarded a penalty against Racing for what seemed to be routine pushing in the area. Croatian striker Davor Suker equalized from the spot.


But Racing struck straight back when defender Gabriel Schurrer rose above a sea of heads to nod home a cross.


With just five minutes left Real's Montenegrin striker Predrag Mijatovic capitalized on another goalmouth scramble to make it 2-2.