International Soccer - England

United held to draw at Sunderland

Sunderland, England ( - Life under manager Louis van Gaal didn't get much better for Manchester United on Sunday as the team was held to a 1-1 draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

After losing 2-1 to Swansea City at home in his United debut, Van Gaal was able to take a point away from his visit to Sunderland, but the performance of the team still leaves a lot to be desired.

Juan Mata scored after 17 minutes to put United in front, but the Black Cats equalized on the half-hour mark through Jack Rodwell and were able to earn a second successive draw by keeping United in check for the second 45 minutes.

Sunderland got off to a better start in the first 15 minutes, yet it was United that took the lead in the 17th when Antonio Valencia worked his way down the right wing and drove a low ball through the face of goal for Mata to redirect home from close range.

However, the goal did little to inspire confidence for United, and the home side was level in the 30th when Sebastian Larsson's corner kick was driven to the near post, where Rodwell shook free from his defender to head the ball past goalkeeper David De Gea.

Chances dried up for both teams after halftime and Sunderland's best effort came in the 51st on a deflected shot from Connor Wickham that went narrowly wide.

United did a better job in possession after the break but the team failed to produce the final ball that could unlock Sunderland's defense.

Tottenham 4, QPR 0

London, England - Nacer Chadli scored a pair of goals in the first half as Tottenham rolled to a 4-0 win over QPR at White Hart Lane on Sunday to move to the top of the Premiership table.

After a narrow 1-0 victory over West Ham on the opening day of the season, Spurs had a much easier time with promoted side QPR as Chadli scored after 12 minutes by bringing down a pass from Emmanuel Adebayor and firing home at the back post.

Christian Eriksen struck the crossbar with a free kick for Tottenham, but the hosts doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when Eric Dier turned home a header at the near post from Erik Lamela's corner kick.

Lamela played provider seven minutes later to make it 3-0 as his chipped pass was nodded into the net by Chadli, to give Spurs a three-goal edge at the break.

Adebayor then capped the day with a 65th-minute goal, handing former Tottenham manager and current QPR boss Harry Redknapp a heavy defeat in his return.

Hull City 1, Stoke City 1

Hull, England - A goal in the 83rd minute from Ryan Shawcross helped Stoke City salvage a 1-1 draw at 10-man Hull City on Sunday with the Tigers playing more than 75 minutes a man down.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men just 14 minutes into the match as James Chester was hit with a straight red card for bringing down Stoke's Glenn Whelan to deny a scoring opportunity.

However, Hull grabbed the lead in the 42nd minute through Nikica Jelavic after he was on hand to tuck home a rebound from Tom Huddlestone's saved shot.

Stoke was poor for much of the match but the Potters managed to salvage a point seven minutes from time as Phil Bardsley drove a shot into the ground that bounced off the post and left Shawcross to bundle the ball over the goal line from close range.

08/24 13:01:15 ET

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