Manchester City held fierce crosstown rival Manchester United to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, keeping the Red Devils 11 points behind leader Chelsea.
In a hard fought, tough-tackling match, City defenders shut out United's expensively assembled attack of Alan Smith, Louis Saha and Wayne Rooney.
Smith was sent off with two minutes remaining for his second yellow card.
"It's not championship form," said Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who also criticized referee Graham Poll.
"The chances we're creating and not taking them is not good enough. The belief's there -- they've dominated the game. We're suffering at the moment."
Also Sunday, Middlesbrough needed an injury-time goal from George Boateng to draw 1-1 at 10-man Bolton, and Fulham beat Newcastle 4-1 at St. James' Park off two goals from Steed Malbranque and one each from Collins John and Luis Boa Morte.
Chelsea, which beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday, leads the Premier League standings with 29 points, followed by Arsenal with 27. The defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace.
Everton is in third place with 23 points, ahead of Bolton with 22, Middlesbrough with 19 and Aston Villa with 18. United is seventh, also with 18 points.
Rangers beat Livingston 4-1 in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday to cut Celtic's lead to four points.
Rangers had goals from Peter Lovenkrands, Nacho Novo, Steven Thompson and Hamed Namouchi. Craig Easton had netted for the home side to make it 2-1 midway through the second half but Rangers moved swiftly to take control of the match.
A 60th-minute Paul Hartley penalty gave Hearts a 1-0 win over 10-man Aberdeen.
A goal-bound shot by Hearts striker Ramon Pereira was stopped on the line by Kevin McNaughton's hand, earning the Aberdeen defender a straight red card.
Hartley scored from the resulting penalty to lift Hearts to third in the standings.
Forward Miguel Angel "Michel" Carrilero scored in the 19th minute Sunday to earn Getafe a 1-0 victory over Valencia in the Spanish league and extend the defending champion's winless streak to nine games.
Later, Real Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 in another 10th-round match. Luis Figo scored the first goal from the penalty spot in the 24th minute and substitute Michael Owen added another in the 79th.
It was Owen's fifth goal in six matches and helped Madrid move into second place, seven points behind leader FC Barcelona.
Valencia was left it in seventh place, 11 points adrift and still seeking its first victory since beating Racing Santander on Sept. 26. Valencia has lost five in its skid, including twice in the Champions League.
"I think it was our worst game of the season. We tried in the second half but nothing went right," Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri said.
Also, Sevilla surrendered second place after a 1-1 draw with struggling Mallorca, while Levante moved into third place with a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona, which beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 on Saturday and equaled its best start to a season, has 26 points. Real Madrid and Levante have 19 points, followed by Sevilla with 18. Espanyol and Zaragoza have 17.
Schalke rallied with two goals in the final 11 minutes to beat Hamburg 2-1 SV for a club record sixth straight victory under new coach Ralf Rangnick, pulling even on points with Wolfsburg atop the Bundesliga.