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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

United Salvages Win in Final Minutes

LONDON -- Two goals in two minutes late in the game gave champion Manchester United a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in its English premier league season-opener.

The match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw Sunday after United's Teddy Sheringham missed a 60th minute penalty against his old club.

But eight minutes from time the ?3.5 million ($5.6 million) Englishman had a shot charged down by Ramon Vega and the ball ran to an unmarked Nicky Butt, who slammed it past Spurs keeper Ian Walker from six meters.

Less than two minutes later it was 2-0 as Swiss international Vega deflected a harmless David Beckham cross into his own net.

United deserved the points from a game short of goalmouth action, dominated by both sets of defenders.

Striker Les Ferdinand had one of Tottenham's few chances when United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel fluffed a clearance, the ball blocked by the Tottenham man's outstretched leg and rebounding high into the air.

If Ferdinand had been a fraction faster he might have beaten the tall Schmeichel to the ball but the Dane safely gathered it and the danger passed.


In Gelsenkirchen, Germany, substitute Ingo Anderbruegge fired UEFA Cup champions Schalke to a 1-0 home victory over European Cup winners Borussia Dortmund with a late goal in the German first division Saturday.

In the always emotional 108th match between the Ruhr Valley rivals, midfielder Anderbruegge came off the bench with 12 minutes left to drill home the winner in the 86th minute, watched by a crowd of 68,200.

Schalke, with two wins and one defeat in three matches, climbed to third in the Bundesliga behind Karlsruhe and Kaiserslautern.

Karlsruhe leads the early-season table after a 3-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld, newly promoted Kaiserslautern slipping to second after drawing 0-0 with Cologne, while Bayern Munich notched their first win, 5-2 over Wolfsburg.


In Glasgow, Dutch international winger Regi Blinker scored on his debut Saturday as Celtic put seven goals past third division Berwick to sweep into the third round of the Scottish League Cup.

Blinker, who arrived at the Glasgow club from Sheffield Wednesday last week in a swap for Italian Paolo di Canio, scored with a 28th-minute tap-in.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)