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Giggs salvages United win as Arsenal thump Spurs

Ryan Giggs enjoyed a dream 900th appearance with a 90th minute winner in Manchester United's 2-1 victory at Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday. EPL Results

sports Updated: Feb 27, 2012 02:15 IST
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Ryan Giggs enjoyed a dream 900th appearance with a 90th minute winner in Manchester United's 2-1 victory at Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday while Arsenal came from behind to thump Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 in an astonishing North London derby.

United went ahead with a seventh minute header from Paul Scholes but Grant Holt levelled seven minutes from time before Giggs had the last laugh to keep the champions two points behind leaders Manchester City, who beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on Saturday.

Spurs are third on 53 points but endured a miserable day after taking a 2-0 lead at their arch-rivals with a fourth minute goal from Louis Saha and a 34th minute penalty from ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Arsenal were level by halftime thanks to goals from Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie, who took his season's tally to 29. The Gunners then added three more in the second half with Theo Walcott scoring twice and Tomas Rosicky grabbing the other.

Arsenal, whose comeback came before Scott Parker's late red card for Spurs after a second yellow for a late challenge on Thom Vermaelen, ended the day in fourth place on 46 points, above Chelsea having scored more goals.

Giggs glory

Giggs, who made his debut for United in 1991 and is now 38, ended yet another milestone day in his long career by converting a cross from Ashley Young to keep the champions on City's heels. With 12 matches to play City have 63 points and United 61. Scholes, who first played with Giggs in a United side 17 years ago and has been in superb form since ending his premature retirement last month, headed home Nani's cross for the first goal.

While Giggs had another day to remember so did Arsenal, whose erratic form all season meant Spurs were in the unusual position of starting a derby as the favourites. It seemed as though the pundits had got it right when they went ahead with a Saha goal after good work by Adebayor exploited huge gaps in the Arsenal defence after only four minutes.

‘Goal’ storm hits AC Milan, Juventus

Milan: A late goal by substitute Alessandro Matri earned Juventus a 1-1 draw at Serie A leaders AC Milan in a match overshadowed by goalline controversy and which ended with players squaring up to each other. Antonio Nocerino gave champions Milan the 14th minutes lead.

The biggest talking point was the officials' failure to award Milan's Sulley Muntari a goal on 25 minutes when his goal-bound header clearly crossed the line but was not awarded.

First Published: Feb 26, 2012 23:27 IST