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More Twists In The Title Race

NaniAnother fascinating night in the Premier League where Chelsea 2-1 loss at Everton on Wednesday allowed Manchester United to move within a point of the league leaders.

Loius Saha scored two and missed a penalty as Everton stunned Chelsea at Goodison. Florent Malouda had put Chelsea ahead early in the first half, but Chelsea’s weakness at set piecesundid them again. A great corner from Landon Donovan, dropped over Frank Lampard, and Saha headed it home.

Then right on half-time Donovan won a penalty after being tripped Ricardo Carvalho, but Cech saved Saha’s penalty. Saha redeemed himself with 15th minutes when he connected on a long ball that had been misjudged by Chelsea captain John Terry.

Manchester United drew 1-1 at Aston Villa, in a game that saw Nani sent off for a two footed challenge. Carlos Cuellar had headed Villa ahead, but a James Collins own goal tied the game up. Collin’s own goal was the 10th time this season that a Manchester United opponent has scored an own goal.

In a Biog Four clash, Arsenal bounced back from its weekend loss at Chelsea to beat Liverpool 1-0. With the win Arsenal moved six points back of Chelsea. The game was far from a classic but the hero for Arsenal was Abou Diaby whose header from a Tomas Rosicky’s cross was enough to grab all three points. Liverpool were upset that they were not awarded a penalty late into injury time when Cesc Fabregas appeared to handle Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s late free kick while in the penalty area.

There was also a lot of action at the other end of the table as both West Ham and Wolverhampton moved out of the relegation zone with massive victories. Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole scored the goals as West Ham enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Birmingham, whose former owners David Sullivan and David Gold are now in charge at Upton Park.

At Wolves, midfielder David Jones netted his first league goal of the season to clinch a surprising 1-0 victory over sixth-place Tottenham.