FOOTBALL / Chelsea climbs to third place as Terry double sees his side win 3-0 win at Fulham
Manchester United may have to wait a little longer to reclaim the Premier League title after being held to a 2-2 draw at West Ham, while Manchester City won 1-0 against Wigan on Wednesday.
Alex Ferguson’s team was below its best for long periods at Upton Park and needed Robin van Persie’s late strike to rescue a point.
Second-placed City took advantage of United’s slip, with Carlos Tevez netting the winner in the FA Cup final rehearsal at Eastlands.
That allowed the champion to close the gap on the leader to 13 points, meaning Ferguson’s club can only win its 20th title in the next round of fixtures if City loses at Tottenham on Sunday and United beats Aston Villa on Monday.
At Eastlands, City had to ride its luck before making the most of United’s sloppy display.
Wigan reached the FA Cup final for the first time in history after beating Millwall on Saturday and it took the game to Wembley opponent City in the first half.
But City made it five wins from the last six matches when Argentina forward Tevez lashed into the top corner in the 83rd minute.
Chelsea goes up
Chelsea climbed to third place as John Terry’s double inspired a 3-0 win at west London neighbour Fulham. Rafael Benitez’s team bounced back from the disappointment of Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal defeat against Manchester City in emphatic fashion.
“Obviously to win is very important and to win with a clean sheet and with three goals is important,” Benitez said.
“We won in a derby as well so there are lots of positives.”
The results: Fulham 0 lost to Chelsea 3 (Luiz 30, Terry 43, 71); Manchester City 1 (Tevez 83) bt Wigan 0; West Ham 2 (Vaz Te 16, Diame 55) drew with Manchester United 2 (Valencia 31, van Persie 77). — AFP