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Chelsea overcome United to reclaim third spot

Published: Sunday 5 May 2013, 19.00CET
Chelsea FC moved back into third after leaving it late to beat Manchester United FC 1-0 at Old Trafford, while the Merseyside derby between Liverpool FC and Everton FC ended goalless.

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Published: Sunday 5 May 2013, 19.00CET

Chelsea overcome United to reclaim third spot

Chelsea FC moved back into third after leaving it late to beat Manchester United FC 1-0 at Old Trafford, while the Merseyside derby between Liverpool FC and Everton FC ended goalless.

Chelsea FC bolstered their hopes of playing UEFA Champions League football next season after overcoming Manchester United FC 1-0 to climb back into third place.

The momentum harnessed by the UEFA Europa League finalists elicited an ebullient display at Old Trafford. Demba Ba header over from Juan Mata's delicious cross, while midfielder Oscar concluded a fleet-footed run by hitting the woodwork. United were slow to find their rhythm and when an opportunity came Robin van Persie's way, the prolific Dutchman was unusually wasteful.

The visitors continued to probe in the second half and broke the deadlock three minutes from time. A dizzying counterattack ended with Oscar finding Mata at the back post and the Spain schemer's left-footed strike trickled in via a deflection off Phil Jones. United's frustration was compounded when Rafael received a red card for a late tackle on David Luiz.

Meanwhile, Everton FC look destined to finish above Liverpool FC for a second consecutive season after the Merseyside derby ended 0-0. The home side enjoyed the lion's share of possession but failed to capitalise on a string of opportunities. Visiting goalkeeper Tim Howard twice thwarted Daniel Sturridge from close range and Steven Gerrard had a goal-bound effort blocked by Sylvain Distin to leave Liverpool five points shy of their sixth-placed neighbours.

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.31CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 01/07/2013 10:04 CET

05/05/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United0-1ChelseaChelsea

Juan Mata 87

Venue: Manchester

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LiverpoolLiverpool0-0EvertonEverton

Venue: Liverpool

04/05/2013

QPRQPR0-1ArsenalArsenal

Walcott 1

Venue: London

04/05/2013

FulhamFulham2-4ReadingReading

Ruiz 70, 77

Robson-Kanu 12 (P), 62, Le Fondre 75, Jem Paul Karacan 83

Venue: London

04/05/2013

West BromWest Brom2-3WiganWigan

Long 29, McAuley 50

Koné 39, McArthur 58, McManaman 80

Venue: West Bromwich

04/05/2013

NorwichNorwich1-2Aston VillaAston Villa

Holt 74 (P)

Agbonlahor 55, 89

Venue: Norwich

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SwanseaSwansea0-0Man. CityMan. City

Venue: Swansea

04/05/2013

West HamWest Ham0-0NewcastleNewcastle

Venue: London

04/05/2013

TottenhamTottenham1-0SouthamptonSouthampton

Bale 86

Venue: London

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