Rooney fractures foot in tie with Reading
LONDON -- Marcus Hahnemann made five key saves to help Reading hold defending champion Manchester United to a 0-0 tie in the English Premier League on Sunday.
The U.S. goalkeeper stopped shots from John O'Shea and Michael Carrick and, after Reading was reduced to 10 men following the 73rd-minute ejection of Dave Kitson for a lunge at Patrice Evra, he made three more standout stops.
He went to his right to save a 25-yard free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo and then recovered to save Paul Scholes' header. In injury time, he went to his left to block a low shot from Carrick.
"[Manchester United] have got so many different options. Up front they've got six or seven world class players,'' Hahnemann said. "For me the goal is to keep a clean sheet which we and the back four strive to do."
United manager Alex Ferguson credited Hahnemann for keeping the game scoreless.
"He made some fantastic saves," Ferguson said. "He's experienced, he's confident. It was just one of those days."
United striker Wayne Rooney fractured his left foot late in the first half and was replaced at halftime.
Chelsea and Arsenal each rallied to win their opening Premier League games.
Chelsea, which had won two straight league titles before finishing second to Manchester United last season, beat Birmingham 3-2 to stretch its unbeaten record at home to 64 games. Arsenal scored two goals in the last seven minutes to beat Fulham 2-1.
Fulham took the lead at the 52-second mark. Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann couldn't cleanly handle a pass in front of his goal, allowing David Healy to take the loose ball and score from close range.
Robin van Persie tied it 1-1 from the penalty spot in the 84th minute after U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra fouled Kolo Toure. Alexander Hleb scored the winner in the 90th minute.
Michael Essien scored the winning goal for Chelsea with a 20-yard shot in the 50th minute.
Former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell gave Birmingham the lead with a header in the 15th minute, but Claudio Pizarro tied it two minutes later.
Florent Malouda put Chelsea ahead in the 31st minute, but Birmingham tied it 2-2 in the 36th minute when Olivier Kapo sent a hard shot inside the far post.
Chelsea's 64th home game without a defeat eclipsed the record it had shared with Liverpool, which had gone 63 games without a loss at home between 1978-81.
BERLIN -- Borussia Dortmund and FC Nuremberg lost to promoted teams in their Bundesliga openers.
Nuremberg, the German Cup champions, lost to Karlsruher SC 2-0, and Dortmund fell to MSV Duisburg 3-1.
Tamas Hajnal scored goals in the 44th and 74th minutes for Karlsruhe, last year's second division champions. Manasseh Ishiaku scored in the eighth and 64th minutes for Duisburg, while Mihai Tararache scored from the penalty spot in the 62nd.
Florian Kringe scored an 86th-minute consolation goal for Dortmund.