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03-02-2011, 10:07 AM #1
Champions Chelsea beat Man United 2-1Frank Lampard completed Chelsea's second-half fightback against Manchester United from the penalty spot on Tuesday, securing a 2-1 victory that tightened the Premier League title race.
Lampard found the net in the 80th minute after Yuri Zhirkov was tripped by defender Chris Smalling. That ensured Chelsea would climb a place to fourth in the standings, 12 points behind leader United but with a match in hand.
Securing one of the four Champions League spots is Chelsea's main target, with a second successive title unlikely despite inflicting only United's second league loss of the season.
"We're still a lot of points behind, but all we could do was win the game," Lampard said. "United are deservedly top of the league, but we've still got some fight in us and we showed that tonight."
United losing had seemed unlikely at halftime, with the visitors in control of a high-intensity encounter.
David Luiz started the defending champions' comeback in the 54th, volleying in his first goal for Chelsea to cancel out Wayne Rooney's first-half opener.
United captain Nemanja Vidic was sent off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Ramires, ruling the center back out of Sunday's match against Liverpool.
A third successive league loss to Chelsea leaves United four points in front of second-place Arsenal having played an extra game....being a human...