Thứ Bảy, 7 tháng 5, 2016

EPL: United move 1 point behind City in top-4 fight, Sunderland thump Chelsea

Manchester United moved closer to the top four after beating Norwich while Sunderland moved out of relegation zone after beating Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday.

Manchester United moved closer to the top four by beating relegation-threatened Norwich 1-0 on Saturday in the English Premier League.
United, which lost Anthony Martial in the warm-up following a leg injury, scored the only goal at Carrow Road in the 72nd minute when Juan Mata drove in a near-post finish from Wayne Rooney's assist.
"Today was about winning," said Mata. "We do everything for the fans. They have had a difficult season but deserve happiness."
Chasing a Champions League spot, United remains in fifth place but is now just one point behind rival Manchester City, which hosts third-placed Arsenal on Sunday.
Norwich, which hasn't scored in four games, was unable to make any real impact on the match and remains 19th on 31 points with two games left. Its fate seems almost certain after relegation rival Sunderland twice came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2, leaving Norwich four points from safety.
Newcastle drew 0-0 at Aston Villa and dropped into the relegation zone. Norwich and Newcastle will both be relegated if Sunderland beats Everton on Wednesday
"We have to keep fighting. We have to stop making errors but it is a bit late in the day," said Norwich manager Alex Neil.
United needed to win to keep pace with rivals Man City, and was rarely troubled in the final third.
"We keep the pressure on our competitors and hope we can achieve a Champions League place," United manager Louis Van Gaal said. "We want to play at the highest level but it is still tough."
Sunderland out of EPL relegation zone after beating Chelsea
Sunderland took a huge step in its fight for English Premier League survival, as it came from 2-1 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday.
Sunderland moved into 17th place, out of the relegation zone, and was one win away from safety after Norwich lost to Manchester United and Newcastle only drew at last-placed Aston Villa.
Chelsea, which remained mid-table, finished with 10 men after John Terry received his second yellow card in injury time.
Diego Costa gave Chelsea an early lead, and Wahbi Khazri equalized with a sublime goal minutes from the break. But Nemanja Matic stroked the ball through Vito Mannone's legs for Chelsea to retake the lead right on halftime.
Sunderland's comeback started in the 67th as Fabio Borini finished to make it 2-2, shortly followed by club top-scorer Jermain Defoe getting the winner in the 70th.
Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone made several impressive saves to secure the victory for his team.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said "the character and determination has shone through, along with the quality of our finishing at last."

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