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Park plants seal on United success

Published: Sunday 21 March 2010, 20.00CET
Manchester United FC returned to the Premier League summit with a 2-1 triumph over Liverpool FC, a victory made all the sweeter by Chelsea FC's failure to win at Blackburn Rovers FC.
Park plants seal on United success
Ji-Sung Park headed in United's winning goal ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 21 March 2010, 20.00CET

Park plants seal on United success

Manchester United FC returned to the Premier League summit with a 2-1 triumph over Liverpool FC, a victory made all the sweeter by Chelsea FC's failure to win at Blackburn Rovers FC.

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.

Last updated: 26/03/10 16.59CET

Results

English Premier League 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/07/2011 04:16 CET

20/03/2011

ChelseaChelsea2-0Man. CityMan. City

David Luiz 78, Ramires 90+2

Venue: London

20/03/2011

SunderlandSunderland0-2LiverpoolLiverpool

Kuyt 33 (p), Suárez 77

Venue: Sunderland

19/03/2011

EvertonEverton2-1FulhamFulham

Coleman 36, Saha 49

Dempsey 62

Venue: Liverpool

19/03/2011

WiganWigan2-1BirminghamBirmingham

Cleverley 25, Figueroa 90+2

Ridgewell 6

Venue: Wigan

19/03/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa0-1WolvesWolves

Jarvis 38

Venue: Birmingham

19/03/2011

Man. UnitedMan. United1-0BoltonBolton

Berbatov 88

Venue: Manchester

19/03/2011

BlackburnBlackburn2-2BlackpoolBlackpool

Samba 49, Hoilett 90+3

Adam 25 (p), 29

Venue: Blackburn

19/03/2011

StokeStoke4-0NewcastleNewcastle

Walters 28, Pennant 46, Higginbotham 49, Fuller 90+2

Venue: Stoke

19/03/2011

West BromWest Brom2-2ArsenalArsenal

Reid 3, Odemwingie 58

Arshavin 70, Van Persie 78

Venue: West Bromwich

19/03/2011

TottenhamTottenham0-0West HamWest Ham

Venue: London

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