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Babel helps Liverpool sink United

Liverpool, England (Sports Network) - Ryan Babel's goal in the 77th minute helped Liverpool secure a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday, giving the Reds just their second win against United in 13 games.

Carlos Tevez put Sir Alex Ferguson's men ahead after just three minutes, but a Wes Brown own goal pulled Liverpool level before the home side began to take the game over in the second half and Babel came off the bench to give his team all three points.

The win is Liverpool's third in four games and puts them level on points with league-leaders Chelsea, who knocked off Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday.

Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov was making his United debut on Saturday, and he had an instant impact as he set up the opening goal just minutes into the match.

The Bulgarian sniper made his way to the end line thanks to some poor defending by Liverpool, and he pulled the ball back to Tevez, who easily finished to put United ahead.

The visitors were the better team in the first 10 minutes, but Liverpool had a Dirk Kuyt shot from close range cleared off the line by Paul Scholes, and they benefited from a bit of luck in the 26th minute to pull even.

Xabi Alonso's low shot took a deflection off of Patrice Evra and headed towards the United goal. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar dove and got his hand to the ball, but it hit off of Brown and ended up in the back of his own net.

The miscue seemed to rattled United and they had trouble getting going after the restart.

Liverpool was the more dangerous side, and it took Babel just six minutes after coming on for Alberto Riera to make his mark on the game.

Javier Mascherano carried the ball down the right wing before giving possession to Kuyt, and he played the ball through the face of goal to Babel for a tidy finish.

The final 15 minutes saw United commit men forward but they never really looked like scoring, and when Nemanja Vidic picked up his second yellow card in the 89th minute for elbowing Alonso, United's fate was sealed.

Robinho scored 13 minutes into his City debut, but Chelsea responded with three unanswered goals to take the win.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored three times to lead Arsenal past Blackburn 4-0, Fulham won for the second time in three games as they downed Bolton 2-1 at Craven Cottage, and Marlon King scored twice to lead Hull City to a 2-1 victory at Newcastle.

Jermain Defoe's two second-half strikes carried Portsmouth to a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, West Bromwich beat West Ham 3-2 on a goal from Chris Brunt in the 83rd minute and Amr Zaki's fourth goal of the season helped Wigan earn a point against Sunderland in 1-1 fashion.

09/13 14:32:58 ET


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