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Chelsea Beats Wolves 3-0 as Manchester United Ties Newcastle

November 26, 2011

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Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester United drew 1-1 with Newcastle at home and Tottenham won 3-1 at West Brom to move into third place in the English Premier League.

United got an early second-half goal when a rebound off Newcastle defender Stephen Taylor bounced off Javier Hernandez. Demba Ba scored on a disputed penalty to tie the match after Rio Ferdinand fouled Hatem Ben Arfa in the 64th minute. Newcastle played the final 12 minutes without midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who was sent off for a second yellow card.

“I didn’t think anyone in the ground thought it was a penalty apart from the assistant referee,” United manager Alex Ferguson said on the British Broadcasting Corp. “The referee thought it was a corner. He was nearer to it. He was only eight yards away. It was an absolute travesty.”

The draw leaves United on 30 points, 4 points behind Manchester City, which goes to Liverpool tomorrow. Tottenham moved 2 points behind United, pushing Newcastle into fourth. Spurs came back from a goal down with two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and one from Jermain Defoe. Youssouf Mulumbu scored for West Brom.

Chelsea defeated Wolverhampton 3-0 with first-half goals from John Terry, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata. Chelsea is in fifth place, with the victory taking some pressure off coach Andre Villas-Boas. The Blues had lost three of their last four Premier League matches.


Arsenal got an 82nd-minute goal from Thomas Vermaelen to draw 1-1 at home against Fulham. The Arsenal defender’s own-goal in the 65th minute had given the visitors the lead.

Wigan won 2-1 at Sunderland, Everton beat Bolton 2-0 away, and Norwich beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at home. Stoke ended a four-match losing streak in the English Premier League, beating Blackburn 3-1 at home.

Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch scored for Stoke, while Blackburn got an 86th-minute goal from Ruben Rochina.

Stoke is in 10th place, while Blackburn is last in the 20- team league.

--Editor: Mike Harrison, Joe Sabo.

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