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Ronaldo scores twice as Man United goes six points clear by beating Reading 3-2

Ronaldo scores twice as Man United goes six points clear by beating Reading 3-2

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his sixth goal in three games and Manchester United beat Reading 3-2 on Saturday to move six points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League.
Chelsea, the two-time defending champions, was held 2-2 by Fulham in a London derby. The Blues have now dropped four points in two home games in five days after Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Reading.
Arsenal lost 1-0 at Sheffield United to drop two places to fifth, 17 points behind Man United.
At Old Trafford, Ole Gunner Solskjaer also scored in the Red Devils' 17th league win this season, one day before manager Alex Ferguson's 65th birthday. Ibrahima Sonko and Leroy Lita scored for Reading.
"It's been a very good day for us," Ferguson said. "Some of our football was very good _ the play was excellent at times.
"But we had our worst defending of the season. It was a slack goal for us to lose," he said of Reading's 89th-minute goal. "We resorted to playing safe football instead of playing the way we usually play."
At Stamford Bridge, defender Moritz Volz put Fulham up 1-0 in the 16th minute by scoring the 15,000th Premier League goal since the competition began in 1992.
Defender Liam Rosenior deflected Frank Lampard's shot into Fulham's net in the 35th, before Didier Drogba scored his 20th goal of the season in the 62nd to put Chelsea 2-1 up. But United States defender Carlos Bocanegra equalized for Fulham with a goal in the 84th.
"The way we are defending, I don't know if we lost four points or won two points _ four matches, eight goals conceded," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "In normal conditions, it's not a drama: six points for me is nothing. But the reality is we are not living in normal conditions.
"Some of our very important players are not playing. Some of our important players keep performing. But a team is 11 and if you have four or five who are performing, some of the others not (performing) (makes) it a bit difficult."
At Bramall Lane, Christian Nade broke away from Arsenal defender Kolo Toure to score Sheffield United's winner in the 41st.
The Blades lost goalkeeper Paddy Kenny with a groin injury midway through the second half, forcing midfielder Phil Jagielka into goal with no replacement on the bench. Jagielka pushed a shot from Robin van Persie over the bar in his only save as Sheffield United rose two places to 15th.
In Saturday's other games, it was: Bolton 3, Portsmouth 2; Blackburn 2, Middlesbrough 1; Everton 3, Newcastle 0; Tottenham 0, Liverpool 1; West Ham 0, Manchester City 1; Charlton 2, Aston Villa 1.
Watford's game against Wigan was abandoned because of a waterlogged field at Vicarage Road with the score level at 1-1.
Later Saturday, Sheffield United hosted Arsenal at Bramall Lane.
At White Hart Lane, Luis Garcia scored the winner against Tottenham as Liverpool posted its eighth shutout in nine games to stay 16 points behind Man United.
At Reebok Stadium, Bolton conceded after 71 seconds to Matthew Taylor only to hit back with goals by Abdoulaye Faye, Ivan Campo and Nicolas Anelka in a 3-2 victory.
At Upton Park, DaMarcus Beasley scored his first league goal in Man City's 1-0 win over next-to-last West Ham, while Victor Anichebe scored twice in Everton's 2-0 win versus Newcastle at Goodison Park.
At Ewood Park, Benni McCarthy scored the winner _ his third goal in four games _ as Blackburn edged No. 16 Middlesbrough 2-1 to move further away from relegation trouble.
At The Valley, Bryan Hughes scored a 90th-minute winner in Charlton's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa as the Addicks revived their chances of avoiding relegation. Gareth Barry put Villa ahead from the penalty spot in the 41st, but was sent off in the 60th, four minutes after Darren Bent's equalizer.
"Our fans were brilliant today and it would have been a real injustice if we hadn't got a win," said Charlton manager Alan Pardew, who took over from Les Reed on Sunday. "Regardless of the time we scored, I thought we were justifiably winners today."


Updated : 2021-03-03 20:33 GMT+08:00