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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ravanelli Injured in Dramatic 3-3 Draw

LONDON -- Manchester United's hopes of virtually wrapping up the English League title were thwarted when it was held to a 3-3 draw by Middlesbrough in a dramatic match at rain-lashed Old Trafford on Monday.


Middlesbrough, coached by former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, led United 1-0 and 3-1 but in the end was glad to settle for a point in its battle to avoid relegation, although it looks likely its Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli, who damaged a hamstring, will miss the rest of the season, including the FA Cup final on May 17.


Meanwhile, Middlesbrough's FA Cup final opponents Chelsea was boosted when forward Gianfranco Zola was named Footballer of the Year by English soccer writers Saturday.


Monday's result leaves United, which also came from two goals down to force a draw at Leicester on Saturday, on 71 points with two home matches to play against Newcastle on Thursday and West Ham next Sunday.


It also means that both Liverpool (67 points from 36 games) and Newcastle (63 from 35) could yet pip United.


Middlesbrough remain second from bottom with 37 points from 36 matches but showed the spirit and determination which could yet save it from the drop.


The heavy rain made conditions extremely difficult for the players and was one of the reasons for four goals in an eight- minute spell just before halftime.


Robson said afterwards: "It was a vital point for us because it keeps us in touch with the teams above us. I thought the turning point was their second goal. If we could have held a two-goal lead into half-time it might have been different, but we went a bit slack after that."








A late goal by Carsten Jancker earned nine-man Bayern Munich a 3-3 draw against local rival 1860 Munich in a pulsating derby in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.


Two goals by Horst Heldt gave 1860 an early lead before Bayern hit back through German internationals Juergen Klinsmann and Mehmet Scholl.


1860 looked to have its first win over arch rival Bayern since 1977 in the bag when substitute Joerg Boehme made it 3-2 with his first kick in the 82nd minute.


But Bayern, down to nine men after wing back Christian Ziege and captain Lothar Matthaeus were dismissed for their second bookable offenses, salvaged a point thanks to a spectacular strike from Jancker just two minutes from time.


A win would have put Bayern five points clear of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, which drew 2-2 with Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.