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Premier League round-up: Van der Sar sets new record; Arsenal frustrated

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Man United
Manchester United logo
1 - 0
Everton logo
Cristiano Ronaldo(pen) 44

Edwin van der Sar broke the Football League record for not conceding a goal in the process as Manchester United beat Everton 1-0 at Old Trafford.

The Dutch stopper has now not conceded a goal for 1,122 minutes - breaking a record of 1,104 minutes which set by Reading goalkeeper Steve Death in 1979.

While the victory means that United is now on 53 points and has an ominous five points advantage over Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

United were having no problems creating chances and almost scored on 13 minutes but Tim Howard showed smart reflexes as he stuck out a foot to turn Carlos Tévez's close-range shot over the bar.

The post came to Everton's rescue in the 25th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo's toe-poke from just outside the area rebounded back off a post and Tévez was offside as he tried to convert the rebound.

But United finally made the breakthrough a minute before half-time when Michael Carrick showed great skill to nutmeg Mikel Arteta on the edge of the box, with the Spaniard then flicking out a leg to bring down the midfielder.

Referee Mark Halsey pointed to the spot and Ronaldo stepped up to stroke home from 12 yards.

Just after the interval, Carrick could have been awarded another penalty when he nicked John O'Shea's incisive through-ball past Joleon Lescott but despite the defender catching him Halsey waved away United's justifiable claims.

Lescott then went down in a penalty area scuffle with Rio Ferdinand in the 82nd minute but Halsey was not convinced.

Arsenal logo
0 - 0
West Ham logoWest Ham

Arsenal were frustrated by West Ham's resolute defence as Arsène Wenger's side were held to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, who surprisingly had Nicklas Bendtner in their first XI in place of substitute Robin van Persie, enjoyed the majority of possession but they sadly failed to produce clear-cut chances.

The home side almost snatched an early lead when Abou Diaby's header from a corner deflected off defender James Collins and onto the crossbar.

Emmanuel Adebayor spurned Arsenal's best chance just after the hour mark when he slid the ball wide from close range after Bacary Sagna's ball from the right across the box.

The Togo striker had another golden chance when picked out in the middle by Carlos Vela’s cross but could only head the ball straight at Hammers goalkeeper Robert Green.

The Gunners pressed for a winner, but the visitors remained resolute to the final whistle during four minutes of stoppage time.

Elsewhere in Premier League on Saturday:

Stoke logo
1 - 0
Manchester City logo
Man City
Aston Villa
Aston Villa logo
0 - 0
Wigan Athletic logoWigan
Bolton logo
3 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur logoTottenham
Fulham logo
3 - 1
Portsmouth logoPortsmouth
Hull City logo
2 - 2
West Bromwich Albion logo
West Brom
Middlesbrough logo
0 - 0
Blackburn Rovers logoBlackburn

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