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Sunday, April 10, 2011

United win widens gap with chasing pack

source: cnn

(CNN) -- Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the English Premier League to ten points on Saturday after a comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford.

In the absence of banned striker Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov made the most of his opportunity taking his season tally to 21 league goals with a 12th minute strike.

Antonio Valencia made it 2-0 shortly after the half-hour mark to heap even more pressure on closest title rivals Arsenal who play one of their two games in hand at Blackpool on Sunday.

Chelsea moved up to third in the table after an unconvincing 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Wigan.

After going close with two efforts in the first half, Florent Malouda finally made the breakthrough in the 67th minute with a strike from close range.

Tottenham Hotspur kept up their bid for a Champions League place next season with a 3-2 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

All goals came in a highly entertaining first half. Peter Crouch opened the scoring after 11 minutes with Luka Modric doubling the lead seven minutes later.

Matthew Etherington kept the visitors in touch with a goal in the 27th minute but Crouch was on hand to restore the two goal cushion just minutes later.

Kenwyne Jones pulled one back for Stoke before halftime, but despite a number of chances for both sides in the second half the score remained the same.

Both Spurs (fifth place) and Stoke (12th) remain in the same positions that they started the day.

Bolton Wanderers moved up to sixth place thanks to a 3-0 win over struggling West Ham at the Reebok Stadium.

Two goals from Daniel Sturridge in either half were separated by a strike from South Korea's Chung-Yong Lee.

In the day's early kickoff, Everton beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at Molineux.

Toffees striker Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring after 21 minutes glancing in a Leon Osman cross and Phil Neville doubled the visitors lead five minutes before the break.

Everton made sure of three points on the stroke of halftime when Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov unleashed a shot from long-range which flew past Wayne Hennessey in the Wolves goal.

Everton are now one point behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who play Manchester City on Monday, while Wolves remain mired in 19th place with 32 points.

Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City drew 1-1 at Ewood Park -- a result which helps neither club who are both hovering three points above the relegation zone.

Lee Bowyer gave Birmingham the lead in the 32nd minute only for Canadian striker David Hoilett to grab an equalizer deep into first-half injury time.

The draw keeps Blackburn in 14th place, one place above, but level on points with Birmingham.

West Bromwich Albion earned a vital 3-2 away win at Sunderland to boost their chances of their Premier League survival.

Paul Scharner's winner in the 72nd minute moved West Brom up to 10th with 39 points. Sunderland remain in 13th with 38 points.

source: cnn

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