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English Soccer Capsules

Details of Saturday's Premier League soccer games (home teams listed first and halftime score in parentheses):
Premier League
Chelsea 2, Bolton 2 (2-1)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho almost conceded the title after Kevin Davies headed a 54th-minute equalizer. The Blues fell behind in the 19th when Lubomir Michalik scored after Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou had failed to clear the ball. Three minutes later, Kalou netted with a glancing header past Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen on a cross from Wayne Bridge. Jaaskelainen deflected the ball over the line in the 34th after Kalou headed the ball against the crossbar.
Everton 2, Manchester United 4 (1-0)
United moved five points clear in the Premier League title race by scoring four straight goals. Wayne Rooney put United ahead in the 79th minute when he beat Tony Hibbert and side-footed past Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner. Alan Stubbs and Manuel Fernandes gave Everton a 2-0 lead, but a goal by John O'Shea and an own-goal by former United defender Phil Neville had drawn the Red Devils level. Reserve Chris Eagles scored the fourth goal.
Blackburn 4, Charlton 1 (0-0)
Charlton dropped to No. 19 with 33 points and a step closer to relegation after conceding three goals inside six minutes and having defender Ben Thatcher sent off. Jason Roberts shot under Scott Carson in the 60th to put Blackburn ahead. Despite going down to 10 men, Darren Bent leveled in the 71st. Morten Gamst Pedersen's angled shot deflected off Hermann Hreidarsson to put Rovers up 2-1. Roberts and Matt Derbyshire also scored to maintain Blackburn's faint hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
Manchester City 0, Aston Villa 2 (0-1)
John Carew and Shaun Maloney scored to ensure City had a league record seventh consecutive home shutout after Joey Barton had missed a penalty just before half time. City hasn't scored at home since Jan. 1. Carew headed in a cross from Ashley Young in the 24th. Maloney replaced Carew in the 71st, and within four minutes he had struck a free kick past Andreas Isaksson.
Middlesbrough 2, Tottenham 3 (0-1)
Strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane scored to keep Tottenham's UEFA Cup qualification hopes alive. Berbatov set up Keane's goals in the 12th and 83rd minutes and then netted a dazzling volley in the 47th. Mark Viduka narrowed the deficit in the 66th when he headed in a cross from Stewart Downing's cross. Emanuel Pogatetz scored for 'Boro in the 89th.
Portsmouth 2, Liverpool 1 (2-0)
First-half goals from Benjamin Mwaruwari and Niko Kranjcar lifted Portsmouth into seventh place _ the final UEFA Cup spot. Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez rested seven players, including Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, ahead of the second leg of the Champions League semifinals with Chelsea on Tuesday. Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia headed in from a corner in the 59th.
Sheffield United 1, Watford 0 (1-0)
An own-goal by Chris Powell moved Sheffield United to 38 points, three above the drop zone. Michael Tonge's 44th-minute shot took a big deflection off Powell to beat Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster. Watford _ relegated last weekend _ came close to equalizing in the 65th when Marlon King hit the crossbar after beating Chris Morgan and lobbing goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.
Wigan 0, West Ham 3 (0-1)
West Ham put aside off-field problems to climb to No. 18 with 35 points, one place behind Wigan out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Luis Boa Morte scored his first goal for the club in the 30th when goalkeeper John Filan was caught off his line. Yossi Benayoun extended the lead in the 57th and substitute Marlon Harewood scored a third in the 82nd. The Hammers were fined 5.5 million pounds (US$11 million; euro8 million) Friday for breaking Premier League rules over the transfers of Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. Tevez played after resolving his contractual issues.


Updated : 2021-06-25 05:22 GMT+08:00