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Sunday, April 8, 2007

English Premiership Weekend Review

Man Utd traveled to Fratton Park without their key players like Nemanja Vidic, captain Gary Neville, Ji Sung Park and Patrice Evra. It has been a tough week for United as they succumbed another defeat to Portsmouth after Wednesday defeat to AS Roma in Rome which was marred by crowd violence. Another mistake which was similar to the second goal that Roma scored the other day haunted United once again in the 30th minute. Benjani Mwaruwari's close range shot could only be parried out by Edwin van der Sar and Mark Taylor made no mistake from the rebound. The away team pushed forward in the second half but they were disappointed but the brilliance of Pompey keeper David James. The home side extended the lead in the 89th minute when another rare mistake by van der Saar made England international defender Rio Ferdinand put the ball into his own net. Substitute John O'Shea put one back for United immediately and once again James came to Pompey rescue in the dying minutes when he brilliantly pushed the ball out from a powerful Alan Smith's shot. It must be a joyous weekend for Chelsea players, their manager and their fans as it closed the gap between the top two to three points. Both teams have still got six games to go and they still have to meet each other. Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur in the afternoon kick-off with Ricardo Cavalho scored the only goal of the match with a long shot. Spurs, who was beaten by Sevilla in their UEFA Cup quarter finals first leg on Thursday, trained in Spain a day before and flew back to London less than 24 hours before this game. Meanwhile, Arsenal's unbeaten home record at Emirates Stadium came to an end when they lost 0-1 to relegation fightdog West Ham United. Bobby Zamora scored the only goal of the match but keeper Robert Green won the credits for his world-class, 10 out of 10 performance in that match. Charlton who drew goalless with Man City a day before managed to get away from the relegation zone with one point. David Moyes' Everton showed another great come back when they beat Fulham 4-1 at home on Friday. Liverpool snatched a win from Reading with Alvaro Arbeloa's and Dirk Kuyt's goals respectively.

6th April 2007
Everton 4 Fulham 1
Manchester City 0 Charlton Athletic 0
7th April 2007
Portsmouth 2 Manchester United 1
Reading 1 Liverpool 2
Sheffield United 1 Newcastle United 2
Wigan Athletic 1 Bolton Wanderers 3
Arsenal 0 West Ham 1
Blackburn Rovers 1 Aston Villa 2
Middlesbrough 4 Watford 1
Chelsea 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

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