By ADAM TROXTELL
Manchester United continues to sputter along, doing just enough to take something from a trip to London.
A late Daley Blind goal saved a 1-1 draw for the Red Devils against a confident and mostly dominant West Ham. The Hammers might feel as if they had a win stolen from them inside their home ground, keeping them in eighth place.
Their overall performance is due in large part to Cheikhou Kouyate’s play at both ends of the field. After the Senegalese center back spent the first half stifling the Man United attack, he made the hard work count at the other end.
Kouyate was found in the box from a free kick, where he brought the ball down, juggled it twice and applied the finish in the 49th minute. West Ham finally benefitted from efficient attacking play that saw them put nine shots on goal.
David de Gea had another solid performance in goal to keep more shots out. Meanwhile, Man United piled men forward in search of an equalizer and found it in the second minute of stoppage time. A West Ham clearance went right into Blind’s path for a bouncing shot into the right corner.
It leaves Man United in a precarious position in fourth place, just one point ahead of in-form Tottenham. The Red Devils will also go a game without left back Luke Shaw, who was shown his second yellow card and sent off in the third minute of stoppage time.
In Italy, Roma cut Juventus’ first-place lead back to seven points with a win away to Cagliari. Getafe upset Sevilla in La Liga play.
Here is more on Sunday’s action in Europe’s top leagues:
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
A consistent aerial threat throughout his career, Peter Crouch made his height count once again.
The Stoke substitute’s header handed the Potters a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Newcastle. They always looked like scoring, with the majority of possession and five shots on target.
Yet somehow, Newcastle took a 75th minute lead through Jack Colback. Moussa Sissoko was fed inside the Stoke area before teeing up Colback from about 18 yards out.
Second-half substitutes Crouch and American Geoff Cameron made their opportunity count. Cameron squared up in space down the right and lobbed a ball right onto Crouch’s head. The towering Englishman looped a header in, just out of reach of a backtracking Fabricio Coloccini.
Earlier in the day, West Brom came back from two goals down to tie Burnley 2-2. Chris Brunt pulled one back for the Baggies just before halftime, and Brown Ideye scored his second goal of the season for a 67th minute equalizer.
ITALIAN SERIE A
Roma went a long way toward ending a stuttering start to 2015 with a 2-1 win against Cagliari.
Goals in each half from Adem Ljajic and Argentine youngster Leandro Paredes handed Roma its first win in four outings. A 90th minute goal from Paul-Jose M’Poku was only a consolation for struggling Cagliari.
Ljajic handed Roma the advantage in the 38th minute, striking from close range to finish off a set-piece play. It was the Serbian’s seventh goal of the season.
With five minutes left, Paredes opened his Roma account. The former Boca Juniors starlet put a shot just inside the left post for his first Giallorossi goal.
The win solidifies Roma’s second place status in Serie A, but Juventus still hold a seven point lead at the top.
Elsewhere, Cyril Thereau scored one at both ends for Udinese in a 3-1 Napoli win. Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini gave Napoli the lead before Thereau halved it in the 27th minute. His 59th minute own goal restored the two-goal deficit.
Here are more results from Italy:
Fiorentina 3, Atalanta 2
Cagliari 1, Roma 2
Empoli 2, Cesena 0
Sampdoria 1, Sassuolo 1
Napoli 3, Udinese 1
SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISION
Getafe sealed a shock 2-1 win against Sevilla when Pedro Leon struck with five minutes left.
Leon handed Getafe just its second win in six games, while Sevilla slumped to their second straight defeat to remain outside of the top four. Grzegorz Krychowiak scored his first goal Sevilla goal to equalize in the 66th minute.
Getafe had taken the lead through an Alvaro Vazquez penalty. Valencia capitalized on the result, beating Espanyol 2-1 to climb into fourth place and two points ahead of Sevilla.
Elsewhere, Almeria grabbed a valuable 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Cordoba.
FRENCH LIGUE 1
Guingamp claimed a second famous home win this season when they beat Monaco 1-0.
Dorian Leveque’s 51st minute strike handed Monaco its first league defeat in 10 matches. Defending champion Paris-Saint Germain was also defeated by the same score line on their trip to Guingamp back in December.
Elsewhere, American Alejandro Bedoya played all 90 minutes of Nantes’ 0-0 draw with Nice.
Werder Bremen continue their climb from the bottom.
Bremen won it’s third straight game since the winter break in a 2-1 victory against sixth-place Bayer Leverkusen. From a relegation battle, Bremen is now mid-table and seven points away from danger.
Davie Selke and Zlatko Junuzovic scored the first half goals to see Bremen through. Haka Calhanoglu’s 43rd minute strike was Leverkusen’s only answer.
Augsburg and Frankfurt played out a 2-2 draw in the later match.