Manchester United held to 2-2 tie by West Ham

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Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, center, is watched by Phil Jones, right, as he gets to the ball ahead of West Ham's Andy Carroll, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Manchester United at Upton Park stadium in London, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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LONDON (AP) — Manchester United was slowed in its drive to a 20th English league title when it was held to a 2-2 tie Tuesday night at West Ham.

Ricardo Vaz Te put the Hammers ahead in the 16th minute but Antonio Valencia tied the score in the 31st with his first goal since April 2 last year against Blackburn.

Mohamed Diame gave West Ham a 2-1 lead in the 55th, and Robin Van Persie retied the match in the 77th. Shinji Kagawa's initial shot hit both posts and Van Persie — who appeared to be in an offside position — put in the rebound for his first goal from open play since Feb. 10.

"It's their job to give the offside decisions that appear in front of them," West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said of the officials.. "This is a blatant one. This is not a position he should or shouldn't be in. He can see Van Persie is 2 yards offside — he should put his flag up. He doesn't."

United manager Alex Ferguson criticized referee Lee Probert for not punishing West Ham's Andy Carroll when the forward crashed into United goalkeeper David De Gea.

"It's an obvious red card, but the referee has seen it differently," Ferguson said. "They're very, very aggressive, so you hope there's a strong referee. I'm not so sure we got that tonight."

United (26-4-3) leads the Premier League with 81 points and would clinch with six points in its final five matches. Second-place Manchester City (20-4-8) closed within 13 points by beating visiting Wigan 1-0 on Carlos Tevez's goal in the 83rd minute.

Chelsea regained third place with a 3-0 win at Fulham. David Luiz put the Blues ahead in the 30th minute, and captain John Terry added goals in the 43rd and 71st.

In the race for England's final two Champions League berths, Chelsea (18-7-7) has 61 points, one ahead of Arsenal (17-7-9) and three in front of Tottenham (17-8-7).


MILAN (AP) — Roma rallied to win 3-2 at Inter Milan in the second leg of the Italian Cup semifinals and set up a capital derby final against Lazio on May 26.

Mattia Destro scored twice for Roma before a stunning long-range lob from teammate Vasilis Torosidis helped their team progress 5-3 on aggregate.

Jonathan, starting because Esteban Cambiasso was injured in the warmup, gave Inter the lead in the 22nd minute, but Mattia Destro scored in the 55th and 69th minutes, and Vasilis Torosidis got a goal on a long-range chip in the 74th for a 3-1 lead. Ricky Alvarez scored for Inter in the 80th as the hosts lost for the fourth time in five games.


STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart beat Freiberg 2-1 and advanced to the German Cup final against Bayern Munich at Berlin in June 1.

Arthur Boka scored in the ninth minute and Martin Harnik in the 28th around Jan Rosenthal's goal for Freiburg in the 13th.

Bayern routed Wolfsburg 6-1 on Tuesday.


PARIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva failed to convert penalty kicks, and Paris Saint-Germain was eliminated from the French Cup quarterfinals with a 3-1 shootout loss to Evian after a 1-1 tie.

Ibrahimovic's kick was saved by goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait, and Thiago Silva's struck the crossbar. PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi scored with his kicj, and Cedric Barbosa converted Evian's winner.

Javier Pastore gave PSG an eighth-minute lead, but Saber Khelifa scored on a counterattack in the 43rd,

PSG midfielder Thiago Motta was ejected in the 88th for a foul on Barbosa.

Bordeaux advanced with a 3-2 win second-division Lens. On Tuesday, Troyes defeated Nancy 3-0 and Lorient won 2-1 at Saint-Etienne.


American midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored Anderlecht's third goal of the game in the 37th minute in a 3-0 win over Lokeran in the Belgian league playoffs.

Kljestan has four goals this season, including three in the league.

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