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Q&A: Mathis is enjoying Germany, looking to World Cup.

Casey scores twice as Karlsruhe ties Bielefeld 2-2.

McBride, Bocanegra lead Fulham past West Ham in FA Cup.

Sanneh expected to miss rest of German season; Mathis scores again.

Friedel scores tying goal for Blackburn, but is soon beaten by Charlton winner.

Mathis has goal, assist for Hannover in 2-2 draw with Leverkusen.

O'Brien appearance for U.S. in doubt because of hamstring injury.

Howard leads Man. U. past Reyna, Man. City 4-2 in FA Cup.

Hannover, with Mathis, Cherundolo, falls to Bayern Munich; Casey, Berhalter score in victories.

Friedel saves Rovers' badly needed 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, giving Souness respite.

Keller lives nightmare, Spurs are eliminated by Man. City 4-3 in FA Cup; Bocanegra excels for Fulham.

McBride, Mathis score key goals in European debuts.

  • Manchester United, Howard prevail over Fulham, McBride in FA Cup.
  • Cherundolo, Mathis will get new coach at Hannover 96.

    Americans Abroad

    Howard is beaten in last minute, Manchester United falls from Champions League.

    By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
    SoccerTimes

    (Tuesday, March 9, 2004) -- United States goalkeeper Tim Howard could not control a free kick in the closing moments, allowing Manchester United to be tied 1-1 by visiting Porto of Portugal and the English power was eliminated 3-2 on aggregate in the European Champions League Round of 16 before 67,029 at Old Trafford this afternoon

    After falling 2-1 to Porto in the first leg two weeks ago in Lisbon, United looked like it would eke out a 1-0 victory, tie Porto 2-2 on aggregate and advance because of its advantage in road goals. Then, United midfielder Phil Neville was called for pushing Edgaras Jankauskas in the back as he went up for a header.

    Ten yards above the top left of the penalty area. Porto's South African international Benni McCarthy sent a free kick to the top right corner of the net. Howard kept his feet, sidestepping to his left, but could only bat the ball away with both hands. Francisco Costinha darted past two immobile Man. U. defenders to easily get to the ball first six yards in front of the post and laced his shot into the far left corner to advance Porto to the quarterfinals in front of stunned United fans.

    "We have had problems defensively, but we did really well in that area tonight," United manager Alex Ferguson told England's Press Association. "But we have not reacted to the rebound and that's the first thing you have to do as a defender when the ball is going towards your goalkeeper."

    United, which failed to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in eight years, went ahead 1-0 after John O'Shea played give-and-go with Ryan Giggs before finding Paul Scholes with a perfect left-side cross. The England international's glancing header into the right corner left keeper Vitor Baia with no chance for a save.

    Howard made two heads-up saves to protect the one-goal advantage. In the 39th minute, United defender Eric Djemba-Djemba miskicked a Porto entry pass, with it spinning backward. Carlos Alberto pounced on it at the top right of the six-yard box, but Howard stopped the point-blank blast with a sliding leg save.

    In the 47th minute, Porto striker Nuno Maniche drilled a first-touch shot off a cross, but a Manchester sliding tackle sent the ball caroming wildly. The ball looped high and toward the net's left corner, but with McCarthy in his face, Howard reacted quickly to the redirection, retreated and, despite being off-balance, knocked the ball away with his right palm.

    Ferguson was left to rue a potential second goal for Scholes in the 45th minute that was incorrectly ruled offside. "That would have put us into a very, very comfortable position at 2-0 up, but then that's football," he said.

    In an English Premier League match tonight, U.S. keeper Kasey Keller made 11 saves, including denying a penalty kick, but Tottenham Hotspur fell 1-0 to Middlesbrough on striker Szilard Nemeth's tally in the 74th minute.

    Keller guessed correctly and dove to his right to turn away Massimo Maccarone's low penalty in the 60th minute. Fourteen minutes later, Nemeth was sent through, avoided a Dean Richards tackle and rounded Keller to give Boro its 1-0 lead.

    "In terms of other clear chances, apart from Nemeth's goal -- which he took quite well, but I felt we could of prevented -- there was not a great deal." Spurs manager David Pleat told the PA.

    In England's Third Division. California-born keeper Paul Rachubka, now on loan to Huddersfield Town from Charlton Athletic, played well in a 1-0 loss to Carlisle.

    A cross from Andy Preece caused confusion in the visitors` defense with Brendan McGill`s challenge distracting Rachubka. Peter Duffield, who joined Carlisle earlier in the day, was left with a simple side-footed finish from six yards in the 72nd minute for the winner.

    Huddersfield's American midfielder John Thorrington continues to be sidelined with a long-standing injury.

    Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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