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Man United beats Wigan 3-1 to extend lead in Premier League; Chelsea draws 2-2 with Reading

Man United beats Wigan 3-1 to extend lead in Premier League; Chelsea draws 2-2 with Reading

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two second-half goals to help Manchester United beat Wigan 3-1 on Tuesday and extend its lead atop the Premier League to four points over Chelsea, which drew 2-2 with Reading.
Man United has 50 points after 20 games and Chelsea 46.
Ronaldo headed in a cross from Paul Scholes in the 46th minute to open the scoring. Wigan goalkeeper Kris Kirkland saved Ronaldo's penalty in the 50th, but the Portuguese international shot the rebound in for his 10th league goal of the season to make it 2-0.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored his fifth league goal in the 59th, while Leighton Baines scored a penalty in injury time for Wigan's only goal.
Chelsea could have kept pace with the leaders, but an own-goal from Michael Essien in the 85th cost the Blues.
Defender Ashley Cole cleared a cross which then deflected off Essien and past goalkeeper Hilario to make it 2-2.
Didier Drogba looked to have given Chelsea the winning goal in the 72nd when he beat goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann to head in Salomon Kalou's cross for 2-1. It was Drogba's league-leading 12th goal this season and 19th in all competitions.
Earlier, Drogba gave the Blues the lead in the 38th when he outleapt Hahnemann to head in Frank Lampard's corner kick. Forward Leroy Lita headed in a cross for Reading in the 67th to tie it at 1-1.
The game was played without incident after the last meeting between the clubs saw both Chelsea goalkeepers suffer head injuries. Petr Cech is still recovering from a fractured skull sustained in Chelsea's 1-0 win in October, while Carlo Cudicini _ who was on the substitute's bench Tuesday _ suffered a concussion.
Bolton is immediately below Chelsea with 36 points, Portsmouth has 35 and Liverpool 34. Arsenal, which plays at Watford later Tuesday, has 33.
Striker Nicolas Anelka scored his third goal in two games as Bolton came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1.
The Frenchman shot home a loose ball in the penalty area for the winner in the 57th.
Newcastle forward Kieron Dyer scored for the second consecutive game to give the Magpies the lead in the eighth minute before defender Peter Ramage headed an own-goal in the 32nd to tie it for Bolton at 1-1.
Striker Benni McCarthy slotted home a cross from Morten Gamst Pederson in the 49th to give Blackburn a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
Liverpool had the superior number of chances but couldn't beat goalie Brad Friedel.
Defender Linvoy Primus scored both goals in Portsmouth's 2-1 win at West Ham.
Primus headed in both goals _ off a corner in the 16th and a free kick in the 37th. Teddy Sheringham scored the Hammers' lone goal in the 81st.
At White Hart Lane, Jermaine Defoe scored twice to lead Tottenham to its 12th-straight home victory with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Defoe side-footed a pass from Dimitar Berbatov in the 58th to give Spurs the lead, then doubled the advantage in the 77th.
Captain Gareth Barry scored for Villa three minutes later.
Forward Stephen Ireland scored the winner in the 79th as Manchester City rebounded from a three-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
Everton and Middlesbrough played to a 0-0 draw.
Charlton hosts Fulham on Wednesday.