AMSTERDAM - In England's Premier League, Brad Friedel was named as the Sky Sports Man of the Match after Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
The World Cup 2002 standout was at his best early, making consecutive robberies on a wicked Robert Huth volley and bullet header from Trinidad & Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones.
A bright day at Old Trafford turned gloomy late for Tim Howard and Everton in a 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
The US No. 1 made five fine saves on his former employers. Perhaps his best stop came late on Javier Hernández, but the Mexico star got quick revenge with a header six minutes from time.
Jonathan Spector returned to the West Ham United midfield with 90 minutes in their 3-0 cross-town derby loss at Chelsea.
The handyman saw his headed bid for an opener cruelly denied by Petr Cech midway through the opening frame. Later, with the Irons down one and 15 minutes left, Robbie Keane squandered a glorious chance to level after being played in alone by Spector.
Fulham ace Clint Dempsey spurned a few good chances in a 1-1 share at Wolverhampton, for whom Marcus Hahnemann served as back-up keeper.
Down a flight in the Championship, Eddie Johnson and Preston North End slipped in the safety chase, falling 4-0 at Millwall.
The Fulham loan item worked all 90 minutes, with his rudely rejected header just after the break among the visitor's best moments on a dreary day.
Over in Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Ricardo Clark did USMNT pal Steve Cherundolo a solid on Saturday afternoon, pitching in a strong full shift as the home side held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw.
The result, forged the last minute spot kick of Bayern's Mario Gómez, both moved Eintracht five points clear of the trap door and allowed Cherundolo's Hannover 96 to continue holding the Bundesliga's last Champions League invite.
Clark worked his strongest 90 minutes of the season, even if he was a bit fortunate to escape punishment for a late hand ball.
Israel's championship hexagonal kicked off with Leo Krupnick and Maccabi Netanya scored a 2-1 upset at league leaders Maccabi Haifa.
The victory bumped them up from sixth to fourth, placing them within three points of a Europa League berth with four games to play.
Finally, in Turkey's Süper Lig, Jozy Altidore made a stoppage-time cameo as Bursaspor snapped a six-game win drought by topping Manisaspor 2-1.