LONDON (AP) Salomon Kalou’s late equalizer salvaged a 1-1 draw for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday, while Manchester City crushed Portsmouth 6-0 in the Premier League.
Park Ji Sung’s 18th-minute goal for Man United threatened to end Chelsea’s unbeaten home run of 84 league games at Stamford Bridge, but Kalou headed home a free kick for Chelsea’s deserved equalizer in the 80th.
Referee Mike Riley showed only one of the eight yellow cards to Chelsea, but angered Blues fans by blowing the final whistle after striker Didier Drogba had been fouled on the edge of United’s area.
The bus taking United’s players from the stadium had its windscreen cracked by a bottle hurled by a fan.
The Blues moved up to second in the standings, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference but a point behind Arsenal, which won 3-1 at Bolton on Saturday.
United has five points from four games and is 15th in the standings after only one victory.
“I felt we deserved a point,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “They had a lot of free kicks around the box at the end, but we worked hard and I felt we deserved it. We played with great tempo in the first 20 minutes. The real shame was that we didn’t go for the jugular at 1-0 up. We had control of the match at that point, but we eased off and allowed them to get to halftime.”
United is expected to be fined, but Ferguson didn’t think the game merited the number of cautions.
“The game is being screened worldwide. Everyone is watching it and something like that goes on,” he said of the yellow cards. “It was a competitive game but I did not think there was one bad tackle in it.”
Chelsea lost midfielder Deco with an injury during the warmup, and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said it made a big difference as his team struggled in the early stages.
“It affected our transition from midfield to attack and for 15-20 minutes, (United) made the pressure and made a goal,” he said. “They played very well. After that we had more chances than them, but we missed some chances in front of goal.”
Scolari was amazed that Riley blew for fulltime when the Blues should have been awarded a free kick for a foul by Rio Ferdinand on Drogba.
“This was strange for me, for the referee to finish the game at that time,” Scolari said. “But he’s the boss on the pitch and it is his decision and we need to accept that.”
Arsenal, which won 3-1 at Bolton on Saturday, leads the standings with 12 points from five games. Chelsea has 11 and is second on goal difference from Liverpool, which was surprisingly held 0-0 at home by Stoke on Saturday.
England goalkeeper David James let in six goals at the City of Manchester Stadium where the home side, watched by new owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak, had six different scorers — Jo, Richard Dunne, Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ched Evans and Gelson Fernandes.
Playing top-flight football for the first time in its 104-year history, Hull marched into a two-goal lead against Everton. Michael Turner headed the Tigers ahead in the 18th and an own-goal by Everton midfielder Phil Neville made it 2-0 in the 48th.
Tim Cahill replied for the Toffees in the 73rd with a shot that struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down, the officials ruling it had crossed the line. Leon Osman volleyed the equalizer in the 78th.
Aston Villa’s John Carew and Gabriel Agbonlahor scored two goals in three first-half minutes at the Hawthorns to win a third straight away game. James Morrison replied for West Brom in the 34th.
Tottenham was jeered off the field by its own fans at White Hart Lane in a scoreless draw with Wigan. Spurs, who started the season with hopes of a top-four finish, remain last with two points from five games.
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