LONDON — Texas-born defender Brede Hangeland headed a late equalizer soon after scoring an own goal to secure Fulham a 2-2 draw against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, and American goalkeeper Brad Friedel conceded six goals as Newcastle thrashed Aston Villa.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
Hangeland appeared to have gifted United the win by deflecting an 84th-minute corner from Ryan Giggs into his own net, but he made amends by powering a header past goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in the 89th.
"I looked at the clock after my own goal and thought I had five minutes to score at the right end, and fortunately I managed to do it," the Norway international said. "I don't think there was much I could do about the own goal, but I'm glad I could make up for it."
Two minutes after Hangeland's own goal United substitute Nani could have put the game out of reach for Fulham, but the Portugal winger had a penalty saved by David Stockdale after Damien Duff was penalized for a handball.
"When you have the lead and you have the opportunity to seal the game with a penalty, you think you're home and dry, but I've got to give credit to Fulham," United manager Alex Ferguson said. His side has not won at Fulham in three seasons.
In-form midfielder Paul Scholes gave United the lead in the 11th with a trademark shot from outside the box, but Simon Davies equalized for Fulham 12 minutes after half time.
Fulham started U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey, while United played without striker Wayne Rooney because of illness.
United failed to keep pace with expected title rival Chelsea, which is atop the standings after a 6-0 victory at Wigan on Saturday that followed its thrashing of West Brom by the same score on the opening weekend.
Chelsea is the only side with two wins from its opening two games, and is two points clear of six teams.
Earlier, Newcastle became the third team — after Chelsea and Arsenal — to record a 6-0 win this weekend, with striker Andy Carroll scoring a hat trick.
Manchester City hosts Liverpool on Monday.
BERLIN — Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack had a successful, if low-key, Bundesliga comeback with Bayer Leverkusen posting a 2-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund.
Mainz beat Stuttgart 2-0 and on Saturday, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored both goals as Hamburger SV opened its campaign with a 2-1 home win against Schalke.
PARIS — Caen drew with Montpellier 0-0, missing an opportunity to join Toulouse at the top of the French league, and potential title contender Lille dropped points for the third straight match in a scoreless draw at Sochaux.
Toulouse edged Arles-Avignon 2-1 Saturday and leads the standings with nine points from three matches and defending champion Marseille beat Lorient 2-0 for its first win this season after two straight losses.
AMSTERDAM — Marcus Berg scored twice to help PSV Eindhoven beat AZ Alkmaar 3-1 and stay perfect after three rounds to top the Dutch league, while Feyenoord drew 1-1 at Heracles Almelo.
Second-place Ajax beat Roda JC 3-0 on Saturday.