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Timely Mata keeps Chelsea in top-four contention

Published: Saturday 7 April 2012, 18.21CET
A goal three minutes into added time from Juan Mata earned Chelsea FC a 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic FC, after third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC had dropped points at Sunderland AFC.

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Published: Saturday 7 April 2012, 18.21CET

Timely Mata keeps Chelsea in top-four contention

A goal three minutes into added time from Juan Mata earned Chelsea FC a 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic FC, after third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC had dropped points at Sunderland AFC.

Chelsea FC made ground on Tottenham Hotspur FC in the battle for a UEFA Champions League place following a dramatic 2-1 home victory against lowly Wigan Athletic FC.

Tottenham moved third after a 0-0 draw with Sunderland AFC in the early kick-off, allowing the Blues to climb to within three points of their London rivals thanks to Juan Mata's fortuitous added-time winner. Branislav Ivanović's third goal in two league games had put Roberto Di Matteo's men in front, only for Mohamed Diamé (82) to temporarily level for Wigan.

The win lifts Chelsea above Newcastle United FC – 2-0 victors on Friday at Swansea City AFC – into fifth on goal difference. Arsenal FC will replace Tottenham in third if they defeat Manchester City FC on Sunday, when leaders Manchester United FC host Queens Park Rangers FC.

Liverpool FC's disappointing form continued, meanwhile, Luis Suárez's late equaliser salvaging a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa FC. At the bottom, Blackburn Rovers FC lost 3-0 against West Bromwich Albion FC and Bolton Wanderers FC succumbed by the same score to Fulham FC, for whom Clint Dempsey scored twice.

Norwich City FC drew 2-2 with Everton FC, while Stoke City FC overcame struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2-1 in the late fixture.

Last updated: 05/12/13 7.35CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 01/05/2012 11:19 CET

07/04/2012

StokeStoke2-1WolvesWolves

Huth 37, Crouch 61

Kightly 26

Venue: Stoke

07/04/2012

BoltonBolton0-3FulhamFulham

Dempsey 30, 45, M. Diarra 80

Venue: Bolton

07/04/2012

ChelseaChelsea2-1WiganWigan

Ivanović 62, Juan Mata 90+3

Diame 82

Venue: London

07/04/2012

West BromWest Brom3-0BlackburnBlackburn

M. Olsson 7 (o.g.), Fortuné 69, Ridgewell 85

Venue: West Bromwich

07/04/2012

NorwichNorwich2-2EvertonEverton

Howson 39, Holt 76

Jelavić 22, 61

Venue: Norwich

07/04/2012

LiverpoolLiverpool1-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Suárez 82

Herd 10

Venue: Liverpool

07/04/2012

SunderlandSunderland0-0TottenhamTottenham

Venue: Sunderland

06/04/2012

SwanseaSwansea0-2NewcastleNewcastle

Cissé 5, 69

Venue: Swansea

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