Ji-Sung Park headed the winner as Manchester United FC returned to the Premier League summit with a 2-1 victory over north-west rivals Liverpool FC, before Chelsea FC lost ground by drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers FC.
Arsenal FC's 2-0 win against West Ham United FC had taken the London club top on Saturday evening, but United boosted their chances of a fourth consecutive English crown despite falling behind to a fifth-minute Fernando Torres header. It took Sir Alex Ferguson's charges just seven minutes to equalise, however. Wayne Rooney converted the rebound after his penalty, awarded for Javier Mascherano's challenge on Antonio Valencia, had been saved by Pepe Reina.
The match settled down thereafter, before Park nodded in Darren Fletcher's delivery with an hour gone. Torres had a chance to equalise in the final minute but scuffed his shot, with Yossi Benayoun then heading the loose ball straight at Edwin van der Sar. The result leaves Liverpool four points shy of Tottenham Hotspur FC, occupants of the final UEFA Champions League place, and takes United two clear of Arsenal and four ahead of Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti's team, who have a game in hand on their title rivals, looked to be heading for victory when Didier Drogba (6) finished off Nicolas Anelka's cut back for his 22nd league goal of the season. However, the visitors were punished for their failure to build on their lead as El Hadji Diouf headed the equaliser from Michel Salgado's right-wing cross.
Elsewhere, Manchester City FC leapfrogged Liverpool into fifth and are now two points behind Tottenham courtesy of a 2-1 win at UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists Fulham FC. Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tévez gave the visitors a two-goal lead in the first half at Craven Cottage before Danny Murphy halved the deficit with a 75th-minute penalty.
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|Last updated: 03/07/2011 04:16 CET|
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