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England round-up: Liverpool back in contention

Published: Sunday 16 March 2003, 23.30CET
Liverpool FC boosted their hopes of a UEFA Champions League place by beating Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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Published: Sunday 16 March 2003, 23.30CET

England round-up: Liverpool back in contention

Liverpool FC boosted their hopes of a UEFA Champions League place by beating Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Liverpool FC came from behind to boost their hopes of a return to the UEFA Champions League with a 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur FC, as Chelsea FC returned to the top four.

Tottenham ahead
Having begun the day in sixth place, Liverpool needed victory to move to within a point of city rivals Everton FC, currently fourth. However, it seemed as if the point could go to fellow European candidates Tottenham when Mauricio Taricco's long-range effort put them ahead on 49 minutes.

Gerrard's crosses
But two minutes later, Michael Owen tapped in Steven Gerrard's cross, to level, the midfield player provided the second on 72 minutes for Emile Heskey. Gerrard himself shot in from the edge of the area eight minutes from the end to confirm the win and ensure Teddy Sheringham's late goal was only a consolation.

Chelsea win
However, it is Chelsea FC that occupy the fourth Champions League place after beating struggling West Bromwich Albion FC 2-0. Mario Stanic put the Londoners ahead seven minutes before the break and Gianfranco Zola doubled the lead ten minutes after half-time following a good move involving Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Everton overtaken
The victory takes Chelsea a point ahead of Everton FC, who were held by West Ham United FC yesterday. Liverpool remain sixth, a point behind their city rivals. West Brom are still 19th following their fouth consecutive defeat, eight points from escaping the bottom three.

Fowler off the mark
Birmingham City FC remain in relegation trouble after losing 1-0 at Manchester City FC. Robbie Fowler scored his first goal for City since transferring from Leeds United AFC in January to win the game, turning Ali Benarbia's cross into the net.

Home side hold on
City's Niclas Jensen was sent off eleven minutes from the end for a second bookable offence, but the Mancunians held on to win the match to move up to 12th and all but end any lingering relegation worries. Birmingham are five points above the bottom three in 16th with eight games to go.

Last updated: 17/03/03 22.24CET

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