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

Man United beats Wigan 3-1 to extend lead; 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.
Second-half substitute Ronaldo headed in a cross from Paul Scholes in the 46th minute to score first. Wigan goalkeeper Kris Kirkland saved Ronaldo's penalty in the 50th, but the Portugal winger shot the rebound in for his 10th league goal of the season to make it 2-0.
"I had a feeling he would change the game," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "Cristiano is in such great form, it was an obvious move. He lit up the crowd and got us two goals, which is just what we were looking for."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored his fifth league goal in the 59th, while Leighton Baines scored a penalty in injury time for Wigan.
"There was a lot of elation when we heard the result from the Chelsea match, but I don't think we're going to get carried away," Ferguson said. "They maintained their work ethic and kept the passing going. There was nobody trying to overdo it and there was no showboating and that's a good sign."
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 out-jumped Hahnemann to head in Frank Lampard's corner. Forward Leroy Lita headed in a cross for Reading in the 67th to tie it at 1-1.
"Of course we want to win every game and we are never happy to draw, but there is no criticism aimed at my players because they did the best they possibly could," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.
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.
"We don't have enough cover so at this moment we are having problems," said Mourinho after revealing captain John Terry could be forced to undergo surgery on his injured back.
Arsenal and Bolton are immediately below Chelsea with 36 points, Portsmouth has 35 and Liverpool 34.
Arsenal forward Robin van Persie's 83rd-minute winner gave the Gunners a 2-1 win at Watford. He cut inside the area from the right flank before curling his left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Ben Foster and inside the far post.
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva scored in the 19th, heading in a corner at the far post. Four minutes later, Tommy Smith scored his first goal of the season for Watford.
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.


Updated : 2021-04-16 08:15 GMT+08:00