Sunday 07 April 2013
Chelsea and Newcastle United sealed important home victories against Sunderland and Fulham respectively, while Queens Park Rangers' hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a blow when they conceded an added-time equaliser against Wigan Athletic to draw 1-1 at Loftus Road.
QPR looked as though they had done enough to earn a crucial win over fellow relegation battlers Wigan in a match in which they had been reduced to 10 men in the 21st minute following the dismissal of Bobby Zamora for a foul on Jordi Gomez.
The hosts took the lead on the break when Loic Remy scored from distance with a spectacular first-time shot with just five minutes left on the clock. However, with the last kick of the game Shaun Maloney beat Julio Cesar with a curling free-kick from the edge of the area to earn his side a point that takes the Latics level with fourth-from-bottom Sunderland. Harry Redknapp's side remain seven points behind Roberto Martinez's charges.
Chelsea had to come from behind to beat Sunderland and climb to third place in the Barclays Premier League. Paolo Di Canio, the new Sunderland manager, saw his side take a shock half-time lead at Stamford Bridge when Cesar Azpilicueta deflected John O’Shea’s header into his own net just before the break.
Soon after the teams re-emerged Chelsea were level as Sunderland defender Matthew Kilgallon put the ball into his own net from Simon Mignolet’s save. Chelsea’s winner also had a touch of good fortune as David Luiz’s shot was deflected in by Branislav Ivanovic.
The three points put Chelsea on 58 points, above Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference, following Spurs' 2-2 draw with Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson earned a late point for Andre Villas-Boas's side after Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas had cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor's first-minute opener. Spurs are in fourth place, level on points with Chelsea, and two ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand over their north London rivals.
A goal in the 93rd minute by Papiss Cisse secured a vital win for Newcastle United over Fulham to ease their fears of getting caught up in the relegation battle.
Newcastle had dominated the match but Fulham’s defence looked to have claimed a point when in injury time, Cisse flicked up Yohan Cabaye’s shot and volleyed it into the net. The three points took Newcastle up to 13th with 36 points, while Fulham remain in 10th on 39 points.
At Anfield, Liverpool's aspirations of a European place were dented by a goalless draw at home against West Ham United.
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