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European Round-Up 22/09/03
It was a bad weekend for many of South Africa's overseas based stars as a number of them found themselves on the losing sides for their respective European clubs.

Quinton Fortune played the full 90 minutes for Manchester United in their goalless draw against Arsenal in an ill-tempered match played at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Cape Town born player is in the process of trying to cement his place in the Red Devil's starting line-up and further boosted his claims with a solid all round performance which saw Patrick Viera sent off for violent play as well as a late penalty miss by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Shaun Bartlett and Mark Fish starred for Charlton Athletic in their English Premiership against Aston Villa  on Saturday, but were still on the losing side as their team went down 2-1 on the day.

Fish returned from suspension and Bartlett was included in the starting XI after Jason Euell was ruled out with an upset stomach.

As early as the 25th minute Bartlett hit a thunderous left-foot shot at goal just inside the area which beat the goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen but not the woodwork.

In the 77th minute Bartlett was fouled in the penalty area but the referee refused a spot kick.

The Bafana Bafana leading goal scorer did manage to find the net, but his effort was disallowed as Jonathan Fortune was judged to have fouled Sorensen.

Former national team captain Lucas Radebe was on the bench and did not get any game time in the match against Birmingham City, which his team lost 2-0.

Mbulelo "Old-John" Mabizela did not make the Spurs squad who lost 3-1 to Southampton- a result which cost manager Glen Hoddle his job.

In Holland, Steven Pienaar played the full 90 minutes against NAC Breda, but was not able to stop his team from going down 4-2. 

The French club which former Cosmos defender Thabang Molefe recently joined were beaten 2-0 by French champions Lyon.

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