LONDON (AP) — U.S. forward Clint Dempsey scored twice to give Fulham a 2-0 win over Wigan in the Premier League on Saturday and Nani scored a contentious goal in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Tottenham.
United was leading on Nemanja Vidic's 31st-minute header when Nani had a penalty appeal turned down in the closing minutes. The Portugal winger was then seen handling the ball while lying on the turf. And while goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes lined up what he believed to be a free kick, Nani nipped in front and prodded the ball into an empty net.
The upset of the day came at Wolverhampton, with the relegation-threatened side beating Manchester City 2-1, inflicting a second successive loss on one the league's biggest spenders. Leader Chelsea and second-placed Arsenal, profited from headed winners late in their games.
At Fulham's west London ground, Dempsey headed in a cross from Carlos Salcido in the 30th minute and added his second by meeting Chris Baird's pass for a powerful finish in the area.
"We wanted to get more crosses in the box and the two goals that I scored were great crosses and without that I wouldn't have been in a position to score," Dempsey told Sky Sports. "It's always good to get the first one out of the way, another good ball in by Carlos — it's the second goal I've scored off a cross from him."
Dempsey had a chance for a hat trick in the 75th, but his shot was deflected by a defender and curled just wide of the right post.
He has five goals this season, including four in the Premier League. It was the fourth two-goal game of his career in England, following braces against Chelsea in December 2008, Manchester City in April 2009 and Blackburn in November 2009,
The win gives seventh-place Fulham 12 points from 10 games.
At Old Trafford, Nani's goal in the 84th minute was initially ruled out by referee Mark Clattenburg's assistant Simon Beck, angering the United players, but after the officials ruled that the whistle had never been blown, Gomes led the Spurs' protests.
"It's a handball, he's deliberately handled it and it should have been a booking," Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. "Everyone has seen him do it so we think it's a free kick, it's just the referee that doesn't see it."
The win kept United five points behind leader Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic pounced in the 84th minute for Chelsea as the visitors came from behind to beat Blackburn.
Arsenal had been denied by a string of fine saves by West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green before Alex Song nodded in Gael Clichy's cross in the 88th against the last-place club.
At Wolverhampton, U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was beaten by Emmanuel Adebayor's penalty, but the home side responded with goals from Nenad Milijas and David Edwards to beat Man City.
The U.S. first-choice goalkeeper was also celebrating, with Tim Howard keeping a shutout as Everton beat Stoke 1-0.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — American midfielder Maurice Edu's first goal of the Scottish Premier League season wasn't enough to extend Rangers' perfect start to the season, with the champions held 1-1 by Inverness.
Edu put Rangers on course for a 10th straight win when he collected a long ball from Steven Davis and fired high into the top corner after 11 minutes.
But Inverness substitute Eric Odhiambo leveled in the 81st after latching onto Richie Foran's pass.
Rangers is a point ahead of Celtic, which beat St. Johnstone 3-0 after losing its perfect record to the champions last weekend.
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the last eight minutes to rally Spanish leader Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Hercules.
Hercules went ahead early on David Trezeguet's header before Angel Di Maria volleyed past goalkeeper Juan Calatayud for a 53rd-minute equalizer.
Ronaldo latched onto a Karim Benzema rebound to put Madrid ahead at Jose Rico Perez Stadium before adding his league-leading 12th goal of the season four minutes later.
Real Madrid has 23 points, one more than Barcelona, which won 5-0 over visiting Sevilla. Lionel Messi scored in the 4th and 64th minutes, giving him 14 goals in 12 games in all competitions this season. David Villa also scored twice and Daniel Alves once.
Also Saturday, Valencia drew 1-1 at home against 10-man Zaragoza to go to 17 points.
MILAN (AP) — AS Roma's 2-0 win over Lecce in the Serie A could prove costly after captain Francesco Totti was sent off and continued to be aggressive off the field.
Totti and Lecce's Ruben Olivera clashed in the buildup to the second goal and both were ejected by referee Andrea Gervasoni.
Totti's automatic one-game ban will rule him out of the Rome derby on Nov. 7 and he could face further sanctions for chasing Olivera toward the tunnel.
Juventus beat AC Milan 2-1 on goals by Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Del Piero.
Lazio, which plays at Palermo on Sunday, leads with 19 points, one more than Inter Milan and two ahead of AC Milan. Juventus is fourth with 15 points.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen moved within six points of first-place Mainz by beating host Schalke 1-0 in the Bundesliga. The loss dropped Schalke, last year's runner-up, to next-to-last.
Mainz hosts second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Milivoje Novakovic scored a hat trick as Cologne won 3-2 over visiting Hamburg, and slumping Werder Bremen lost 3-2 at home to Nuremberg.
Fanis Gekas increased his league-leading total to nine goals by scoring twice in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-1 win at St. Pauli, which finished a man short. American midfielder Ricardo Clark entered in 90th minute for Eintracht Frankfurt, his first appearance since Sept. 22.
Wolfsburg beat Stuttgart 2-0 and Kaiserslautern sent Borussia Moenchengladbach and American midfielder Michael Bradley to the bottom of the standings with a 3-0 victory.
PARIS (AP) — Promoted Brest moved into first place with a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne on goals by Mario Licka in the 79th and and Bruno Grouji in the 84th.
The match between defending champion Marseille and second-place Rennes, which is two points back, was postponed for a day because of wet grounds.
Also Saturday, Auxerre beat Nice 2-0, Nancy won 3-2 at Caen, Lorient defeated Arles 2-0 and Toulouse was held to a 1-1 draw by Lens.