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Nani scores contentious goal as Manchester United beat Spurs

sports Updated: Oct 31, 2010 23:40 IST

Nani scored a contentious goal to round off Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday, with referee Mark Clattenburg overruling his assistant amid furious protests from both English Premier League teams.

United was already leading through Nemanja Vidic's 31st-minute header when Nani had a penalty appeal turned down in the closing minutes after bursting into the Tottenham penalty area.

The Portugal winger was then seen handling the ball while lying on the turf. But while Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes lined up what he believed to be a free kick, Nani nipped in front of the Brazilian and prodded the ball into an empty net. The goal was initially ruled out by Clattenburg's assistant Simon Beck, angering the United players, but after the officials ruled that the whistle had never been blown, Gomes led the Spurs protests. "It's a handball, he's deliberately handled it and it should have been a booking," Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. "Everyone has seen him do it so we think it's a free kick, it's just the referee that doesn't see it ...

Lazio beat Palermo to go on top

Shock leaders Lazio moved four points clear at the top of Serie A after a backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win at Palermo on Sunday, their fourth away victory in a row. Defender Andre Dias scored against the run of play when he netted with a superb volley from a free kick after 27 minutes.

"It was a great goal but it's been a very difficult game. I think it was the best goal of my career," the Brazilian, whose side were relegation candidates last term, told Sky.

Highly-rated Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore missed a good early chance for the hosts and almost scored when Lazio goalkeeper Fernando Muslera struck a clearance against him.

Marseille and Monaco games called off

PARIS: The Ligue 1 match between Olympique Marseille and Stade Rennes was postponed again on Sunday because of heavy rain, the French champions said.

‘Barca will ignore Mourinho mind games’

Barcelona will ignore attempts by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to play mind games. "You shouldn't attach any importance to what Mourinho says," said Messi.

“He tries to draw us into his game but we have to focus on our work.”