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England round-up: Liverpool defy Arsenal

Published: Sunday 29 December 2002, 19.07CET
Leaders Arsenal FC drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool FC while Newcastle United FC got back to winning ways.

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Published: Sunday 29 December 2002, 19.07CET

England round-up: Liverpool defy Arsenal

Leaders Arsenal FC drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool FC while Newcastle United FC got back to winning ways.

A penalty at either end saw Arsenal FC draw 1-1 at home against Liverpool FC while Newcastle United FC got back to winning ways.

Disallowed goal
Gérard Houllier's Liverpool had stifled Arsenal's attacking instincts for long periods at Highbury and the nearest the English champions came to a goal from open play was when Sol Campbell's headed effort from a corner in the first half was disallowed for a push on a Liverpool defender.

Liverpool ahead
Liverpool upped the ante in the second period, and it seemed they might sneak an unlikely win when they were awarded a penalty for Campbell's challenge on Czech striker Milan Baroš after 70 minutes. Midfield player Danny Murphy duly converted from the spot, beating David Seaman on his left-hand side.

Relief for Arsenal
However, their lead survived for just nine minutes as John Arne Riise was penalised for a challenge on Francis Jeffers, allowing Thierry Henry to score from the penalty spot, beating stand-in goalkeeper Chris Kirkland to the relief of the home supporters and manager Arsène Wenger.

Last-ditch effort
Arsenal nearly grabbed all three points deep into added time as Ashley Cole's cross found Gilberto in space at the far post, but with the goal gaping in front of him, the Brazilian midfield player skewed the ball wide. The draw leaves Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table.

Newcastle triumph
Earlier, Newcastle had revived their title hopes with a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur FC. Sir Bobby Robson's side were forced to work hard for their victory against a Tottenham side chasing a European place for next season, but got off to an excellent start after 17 minutes when Gary Speed beat Kasey Keller with a right-footed drive.

Joy for Shearer
Alan Shearer, playing his 250th game for Newcastle and his 550th in club football was given an additional reason to celebrate as he doubled Newcastle's lead after 58 minutes, heading Craig Bellamy's cross past Keller for the 240th goal of his career.

Hope for Tottenham
Defender Nikos Dabizas accidentally headed Teddy Sheringham's cross past his own goalkeeper, Shay Given, after 73 minutes to give the visitors hope, but Newcastle held on to join Everton FC on 35 points. Newcastle now lie in fourth place three points behind Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC with a game in hand.

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