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Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

Late Tevez equalizer rescues point for City


LONDON — Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday after Carlos Tevez scored a late equalizer.

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Getting started: Quarterback Peyton Manning makes a pass against the 49ers on Sunday. AP

Martin Skrtel headed Liverpool into a 1-0 lead at halftime, but Yaya Toure leveled for City after goalkeeper Pepe Reina missed a cross and Martin Kelly failed to control the ball, allowing Toure to finish from close range in the 63rd minute.

Liverpool took the lead again three minutes later thanks to Luis Suarez's free kick. Skrtel then underhit a back pass toward Reina that Carlos Tevez latched on to before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into an empty net to save a point for his team in the 80th.

City manager Roberto Mancini was frustrated at his side having conceded two goals in its opening two games of the season.

"This is the time to finish conceding two goals every game," Mancini said. "But we have taken one point when we went down two times."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was happier with his team's display.

"We were asked a lot of questions and I thought the players were incredible," he said. "Sometimes the best team doesn't win."

At Britannia Stadium, Stoke and Arsenal played out a scoreless draw.

France forward Olivier Giroud came closest to winning the game for Arsenal in the final minute of the match, receiving the ball 40 meters from goal and lobbing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic only for the ball to land on the roof of the net.

Stoke had a goal ruled out from Jonathan Walters in the first half for offside.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side must improve its attack after failing to score in its first two games of the league season.

"Offensively, we still have some work to do because we missed a bit of accuracy in the final third in our movement and in our passing," Wenger said.

Getafe shocks Real


MADRID — Defending champion Real Madrid has made its worst start to a season in 39 years after losing 2-1 at Getafe on Sunday to stay winless following two rounds of the Spanish League and sit five points adrift of Barcelona.

Madrid had led after 27 minutes through Gonzalo Higuain, before Juan Valera equalized for Getafe in the 55th. Another defensive lapse led to Abdelaziz Barrada scoring the winner from a counterattack in the 75th.

Madrid hasn't begun a season without a victory in the first three games since 1973. The team drew in the opening round of the league and lost the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup to Barcelona, which needed late goals from Lionel Messi to beat Osasuna 2-1 earlier Sunday.

"We deserved to lose," coach Jose Mourinho said. "We played very badly. An unacceptable game."

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