Ronaldo sees red as United beat City in the Abu derby; Van Persie earns Arsenal a vital win at Chelsea; Everton halt Spurs’ upturn; Rovers fall to another defeat

Manchester City 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.) After a tentative opening, Wayne Rooney had the first real chance of the derby with a shot in the box that was saved by Hart. United then began to turn up the pressure, Ronaldo sending a header over the bar before Dimitar Berbatov forced a fine one-handed save from Hart with another header moments later. And United continued to turn the screw with Patrice Evra lifting a shot just over the bar. But after dominating possession, United then suffered the biggest scare of the match as Stephen Ireland’s shot scraped the outside of the post. Just as it looked like that half would end goalless City found themselves penned in their box, Carrick’s shot was only parried by Hart and Rooney scored from close-range. (First half highlights here.) Garrido sent a free-kick just wide just after the hour mark, but the second half came to life when Cristiano Ronaldo made a huge error in judgment by handling a cross in the City box and receiving his marching orders after collecting his second yellow. At the death Wayne Rooney tried to score from 50-yards but Hart managed to scamper back and save the ball off the line.

Chelsea 1 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.) 20 minutes in at Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard forced a save from Almunia with a header. On the half hour the Arsenal goalie was at fault for Chelsea’s opener, Almunia carelessly threw out the ball to lose the Gunners possession and Bosingwa’s teasing cross was turned into his own net from Johan Djourou. (First half highlights here.) After soaking up a lot of pressure at the start of the second half, Arsenal sucker-punched the Blues with a powerful right-footed strike from Robin van Persie (offside), which left Cech grabbing thin air. The Gunners then stunned the Bridge with a second moments later, Adebayor won a header from a free-kick, and van Persie picked up the ball and hit a low shot on the turn. (Second half highlights here.)

Tottenham 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) After a goalless first half at White Hart Lane, Tottenham having the better of the limited chances (first half highlights here), it was Everton who moved ahead after the break as Steven Pienaar broke the deadlock with a shot that deflected off Corluka.

Portsmouth 3 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, November 30, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Blackburn plunged further into the relegation mire as Paul Ince’s side lost at Fratton Park. After a goalless first half (highlights here) Rovers had drawn level through Matt Derbyshire and Tugay after goals from Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe had put the hosts 2-0 ahead at Fratton Park. But Sean Davis claimed his first goal since March 2006 with 11 minutes remaining to leave Blackburn second bottom.


Swansea 2 – Cardiff 2 (Championship, November 30, 2008) Darren Pratley gave the Swans the lead after 19 minutes before Joe Ledley blasted home Wayne Routledge’s corner. Ross McCormack put Cardiff ahead from the spot after Fede Bessone fouled Michael Chopra. Cardiff had captain Stephen McPhail dismissed for a second yellow before Pintado hit the equaliser and Leon Britton saw red in injury time.

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Preston 2 – Bristol City 0 (Championship, November 29, 2008)

Millwall 3 – Aldershot 0 (FA Cup, November 29, 2008) Gary Alexander struck a double for the Lions to put them in the third round.

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