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Saha double shoots down Chelsea

Published: Wednesday 10 February 2010, 22.30CET
Chelsea FC lost 2-1 at Everton to a pair of Louis Saha goals but still lead the way in the Premier League after ten-man Manchester United FC had to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa FC.
Saha double shoots down Chelsea
Louis Saha is mobbed by his Everton team-mates ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 10 February 2010, 22.30CET

Saha double shoots down Chelsea

Chelsea FC lost 2-1 at Everton to a pair of Louis Saha goals but still lead the way in the Premier League after ten-man Manchester United FC had to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa FC.

Louis Saha scored twice as Everton overcame Chelsea FC 2-1 but Carlo Ancelotti's side remain top of the Premier League after ten-man Manchester United FC drew 1-1 at Aston Villa FC.

Chelsea took the lead after 17 minutes when Florent Malouda ran onto Didier Drogba's flick-on and beat Tim Howard. Saha (33) restored parity when he headed in Landon Donovan's corner and although he had a penalty saved by Petr Čech shortly after, the French striker made amends with a left-footed shot 15 minutes from time.

Chelsea are a point clear of United, who played with ten men for over an hour after Nani was sent off. That came six minutes after an own goal from Villa's James Collins (23) cancelled out Carlos Cuéllar's header in what was a dress rehearsal for the League Cup final on 28 February.

Abou Diaby scored Arsenal's winner in north London against Liverpool FC, heading in Tomáš Rosický's right-wing cross with 18 minutes remaining. Defeat for Liverpool could have opened the door for Tottenham Hotspur FC to replace the Reds in fourth but Spurs lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC anyway.

Wolves moved out of the bottom three and up to 15th, level on points with West Ham United FC, who also lifted themselves out of the relegation places by defeating Birmingham City FC 2-0. Hull City AFC had George Boateng dismissed in a 1-0 loss at Blackburn Rovers FC and, like Wolves and West Ham, are just a point clear of trouble.

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