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Chelsea loss opens door for United

Published: Saturday 17 April 2010, 21.30CET
Chelsea FC's lead over Manchester United FC is down to a point after the Blues lost at Tottenham Hotspur FC and the champions left it late to defeat Manchester City FC 1-0.
Chelsea loss opens door for United
Paul Scholes nods in Manchester United's winner ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 17 April 2010, 21.30CET

Chelsea loss opens door for United

Chelsea FC's lead over Manchester United FC is down to a point after the Blues lost at Tottenham Hotspur FC and the champions left it late to defeat Manchester City FC 1-0.

The dual for the Premier League title took another twist on Saturday when leaders Chelsea FC lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur FC, hours after Manchester United FC closed to within a point by recording a derby victory of their own.

Paul Scholes headed the only goal deep into added time from Patrice Evra's cross as United won at Manchester City FC to maintain hopes of a fourth consecutive English championship. Having gone four points clear with a midweek victory in their game in hand, Chelsea were unable to respond against a Tottenham team who are now two points clear of City in England's final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot.

Spurs, victors against Arsenal FC on Wednesday, took the lead through Jermain Defoe's 15th-minute penalty after John Terry was penalised for handball. Gareth Bale (44) doubled the lead when he cut inside Paulo Ferreira on to his unfavoured right foot and powered a low shot inside Petr Čech's near post. Terry was dismissed midway through the second half for fouling Bale, his second bookable offence, while Frank Lampard struck a consolation in added time.

Eighth-placed Everton remain in contention to qualify for European competition next season as well. The Merseysiders won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers FC thanks to Tim Cahill's 90th-minute effort in an encounter in which they twice surrendered the lead. Bolton Wanderers FC, meanwhile, came from behind to defeat Stoke City FC 2-1, Matthew Taylor scoring both the away team's goals late on.

Elsewhere, Fulham FC prepared for Thursday's UEFA Europa League semi-final opener against Hamburger SV by drawing 0-0 with Wolverhamption Wanderers FC. At the bottom, Burnley FC are four points from safety with three games to play after a 2-1 loss at Sunderland AFC, while Hull City AFC, the club one place and a point above them, drew 0-0 with Birmingham City FC.

Last updated: 18/04/10 23.10CET

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Last updated: 02/07/2011 06:00 CET

16/04/2011

BlackpoolBlackpool1-3WiganWigan

Campbell 83

Rodallega 3, N'Zogbia 45+1, Eardley 66 (o.g.)

Venue: Blackpool

16/04/2011

West BromWest Brom1-3ChelseaChelsea

Odemwingie 17

Drogba 22, Kalou 26, Lampard 45

Venue: West Bromwich

16/04/2011

BirminghamBirmingham2-0SunderlandSunderland

S. Larsson 41, Gardner 66

Venue: Birmingham

16/04/2011

EvertonEverton2-0BlackburnBlackburn

Osman 54, Baines 75 (p)

Venue: Liverpool

16/04/2011

West HamWest Ham1-2Aston VillaAston Villa

Keane 2

Bent 36, Agbonlahor 90+1

Venue: London

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