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England: Chelsea a point away

17 April 2006 19:22

LONDON, Apr 17 (SW) - Chelsea demolished 10-man Everton on Monday in a Bank Holiday clash at Stamford Bridge to move within a single point of claiming their second consecutive English Premier League championship.

Chelsea - Everton 3-0

The Blues went in front on 28 minutes through Frank Lampard after Didier Drogba had taken the ball off of Tim Cahill and slotted it through for the England international to score.

Chelsea began the second half with backup goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini replacing Petr Cech after the Czech number one took a knock in the first half, but it soon got worse for the visitors when Lee Carlsey was dismissed for a harsh tackle on Drogba.

On 62 minutes, Chelsea made them pay as Drogba got his head to a Lampard corner and the ball beat everyone including goalkeeper Richard Wright.

The home then went three up, Michael Essien slotting home in a penalty area scramble after an indirect free kick by Lampard was bundled away on the goal line.

Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester United 1-2

Spurs still hold fourth place, but are now going to feel the heat from Arsenal after they were beaten at home by Manchester United.

United grabbed the lead after just seven minutes, Wayne Rooney sliding in a cross by Cristiano Ronaldo to make it 1-0. He then doubled the lead later in the first term after Ji-Sung Park fed the striker for a crucial goal.

Spurs pulled one back early in the second half when Jermaine Jenas pounced on a clearance by Nemanja Vidic that struck teammate Rio Ferdinand, allowing the Spurs winger to put in.

Charlton Athletic - Portsmouth 2-1

Pompey could have distanced themselves even further from the relegation zone on Monday, but they conceded a lead in the second half to a battling Charlton side.

The visitors found themselves in the lead five minutes before the half-time interval when Argentinan international Andrés D'Alessandro hit a screaming shot from distance to give them a 1-0 lead.

Harry Redknapp's men held that advantage until the 76th minute when Bryan Hughes put in a Darren Bent cross, and Bent grabbed the winner seven minutes later after a touch pass by Hermann Hreidarsson.

Sunderland - Newcastle United 1-4

After their best result of the season against United at the weekend, Sunderland slipped back into horrendous form as they were thrashed by Newcastle.

The Black Cats did hold the lead at half-time after a 32nd-minute goal by defender Justin Hoyte saw them in front, but Michael Chopra struck on the hour mark after some defensive errors by the home side.

That began a flurry for the visitors as Alan Shearer converted from the penalty spot less than a minute later after Hoyte fouled Charles N'Zogbia in the area, and N'Zogbia slotted home five minutes after that to make it 3-1 to the home side.

Some more poor defending by Sunderland allowed Albert Luque to put in Newcastle's fourth goal of the match with three minutes left to play.

Middlesbrough - West Ham United 2-0

Boro got back on a winning track ahead of Thursday's UEFA Cup tie, defeating West Ham United at the Riverside on Monday.

The red-hot Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave the Teessiders a 1-0 lead just four minutes before half-time after slotting home from Matthew Bates' fine run and pull back, and Massimo Maccarone's penalty in the 57th minute put them two up after Shaun Newton's foul on Adam Johnson.

Boro visit powerful Romanian side Steaua on Thursday in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

West Bromwich Albion - Bolton Wanderers Later

Lower Leagues

Championship

Elsewhere in England, Reading surpassed the 100-point mark in the Championship with a 3-1 victory over Stoke City while all three relegated teams were determined in one fell swoop.

Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win away to Brighton relegated three teams to League One simultaneously as Millwall and Crewe were sent down along with Brighton.

League One

Southend United look set to become one of the teams to move up to the Championship after they drew 2-2 at Barnsley on Monday. The Blues sit seven points ahead of the playoff places with three rounds left to play in League One.

League Two

League Two leaders and Football League Trophy runners-up Carlisle United are on the verge of sealing promotion to League One after their 2-1 victory over Notts County. Carlisle sit eight points ahead of the playoff zone with a game in hand on much of the league. The teams in the playoff zone have three matches left while Carlisle still must play four.

A victory for Carlisle at Mansfield Town on Saturday will ensure their promotion.

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