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MOTHERWELL---A late equaliser
from John Sutton earned Motherwell
a point in a 3--3 pulsating draw against
Celtic in the Scottish league yesterday.
Sutton opened the scoring in the
fifth minute and Zaine Francis-Angol
made it 2--0 for the home side after
Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar
Nielsen saved a penalty from Kris
Anthony Stokes pulled one back just
before the interval and Georgios
Samaras leveled ten minutes after the
break before Celtic substitute Leigh
Griffiths grabbed a third in the 84th.
But Motherwell hit back through
Sutton in injury time to reduce the
gap to second-placed Aberdeen to
three points. Celtic has already
wrapped up the title.
In other results, Hearts 2, Ross
County 0; Kilmarnock 1, Partick Thistle
2; St Mirren 2, Hibernian 0; and St
Johnstone 2, Dundee 0. (AP)
Celtic draws with Motherwell in Scottish league
BERLIN---Bayern Munich ground
out a hard-fought 2--0 victory over
bottom side Eintracht Braun-
schweig yesterday to end the
champions three-game winless
streak in the Bundesliga.
Claudio Pizarro broke the dead-
lock in the 75th minute, when Mario
Goetze sent the Peruvian through,
and Mario Mandzukic secured the
win with four minutes remaining
as the home side pushed for an
Bayern failed to impress for long
periods, however, and will hope for
improvement for Wednesday s
Champions League semifinal first
leg at Real Madrid.
Second-place Borussia Dortmund
secured Champions League football
next season by defeating visiting
Mainz 4--2, and Freiburg took a giant
step in its fight against relegation
by beating Borussia Moenchenglad-
bach by the same score.
Augsburg drew 0--0 with Hertha
Berlin, while Werder Bremen came
from behind to beat Hoffenheim
3--1 and end its relegation fears.
Wolfsburg defeated Hamburg 3--1
away in the late game to move pro-
visionally fourth and leave the home
side contemplating its first relegation
from the Bundesliga.
Ivan Perisic put visiting Hamburg
ahead in the second minute after a
great through ball from Luiz Gus-
tavo, Kevin de Bruyne scored in the
31st, and Ivica Olic made it 3--0 four
minutes after the break.
Though Ivo Ilicevic pulled one
back in the 58th, it might have been
worse for the home side. Rene Adler
was forced into at least two crucial
saves, and Luiz Gustavo hit the post
and the crossbar. The Brazilian was
shown his second yellow card in the
final minute. (AP)
Bayern grinds out 2--0 win at lowly Braunschweig
LONDON---In another twist to this
unpredictable English Premier
League season, bottom side Sun-
derland damaged Chelsea s title
hopes with a shock 2--1 victory at
Stamford Bridge yesterday.
After surprise defeats to Aston
Villa and Crystal Palace in recent
weeks, Chelsea again stuttered
against weaker opposition, as Jose
Mourinho s 77-match unbeaten
home run as Chelsea boss came to
an end in a major boost for league
Chelsea could not hold onto its
lead after Samuel Eto o opened the
scoring, as Connor Wickham leveled
from a rebound six minutes later
following Marcos Alonso s long-
range effort. Fabio Borini then scored
from the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta
brought down Jozy Altidore in the
box with eight minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace claimed
a fifth consecutive win with a 1--0
defeat of West Ham to secure its
place in the topflight next season,
and Swansea secured a vital 2--1 win
at Newcastle that piled more pressure
on Magpies manager Alan Pardew.
Peter Whittingham s second-half
penalty gave Cardiff a precious point
in a 1--1 draw against Stoke, and
Aston Villa could record only a goal-
less home draw with Southampton.
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Man-
none made 14 saves as Chelsea blew
the opportunity to dislodge Liverpool
from top spot. The Reds will have
the chance to extend their lead to
five points at Norwich today.
After holding Manchester City to
a draw midweek, Gus Poyet s players
were again the party-poopers. The
Black Cats took four points from
their last two games and are just
three points from safety.
"With Sunderland this year, any-
thing can happen," said Poyet, a for-
mer Chelsea player.
With three matches to go and a
potential title decider at Anfield next
afford any more slip-ups in its quest
for a fourth Premier League crown.
After Eto o put Chelsea in front,
after the Czech keeper was ruled out
by a virus---could only parry Alonso s
effort away and the ball came back
straight to Wickham, who made no
mistake from the rebound.
Chelsea players showed their frus-
tration and midfielder Ramires hit
Sebastian Larsson in the face with
an elbow before Altidore went down
under Azpilicueta s challenge. On-
loan Liverpool player Borini kept his
head cool to score the resulting
"When I went to take the penalty
I thought goal. That s why we take
penalties, because you re confident,"
Borini said. "We showed great char-
acter and belief."
Mourinho and his staff were not
happy with the referee after the
penalty decision and assistant coach
Rui Faria was sent to the stands.
Mourinho had to drag Faria away
from fourth official Phil Dowd as
the hosts protests turned bitter.
"His performance was unbeliev-
able and when referees have unbe-
lievable performances it s fair to con-
gratulate them," Mourinho said
ironically about referee Mike Dean.
"He came here with one objective,
the objective to make a fantastic per-
formance and he did that."
Against Newcastle, Swansea striker
Wilfried Bony scored twice to take
his goal tally for the season in all
competitions to 22 as his team
moved six points above the relegation
zone with three matches left.
Newcastle remained in ninth place
despite its calamitous run of five
consecutive losses but fans are show-
ing increasing anger, with growing
calls for Pardew to step down as
In Cardiff, Whittingham s 50th-
minute goal canceled out Marko
Arnautovic s penalty---the first spot-
kick Cardiff has conceded this sea-
son---that was converted during the
dying seconds of an otherwise for-
gettable first half.
Cardiff remains stuck in the rel-
egation zone, two points adrift of
With its fifth consecutive league
win---a feat it did not achieve since
December 1992---Palace is mathe-
matically safe from relegation. But
included in that streak is a 3--0 win
at Cardiff on April 5, a match which
is the subject of a league investiga-
tion: The Welsh club claims Palace
obtained its lineup before the game.
Tottenham kept its small hopes
of a top-four finish alive and dented
Fulham s survival ambitions with a
3--1 win over its London rival. Spurs
are four points behind fourth-place
Arsenal, though the Gunners have
played one game less. (AP)
Sunderland dents Chelsea's title hopes
Sunderland's Connor Wickham, centre, is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring against Chelsea during
their English Premier League football match at the Stamford Bridge ground in London, yesterday. Sunderland won
2--1. AP PHOTO
Tottenham 3, Fulham 1
Aston Villa 0, Southampton 0
Cardiff 1, Stoke City 1
Newcastle 1, Swansea City 2
West Ham 0, Crystal Palace 1
Chelsea 1, Sunderland 2
3 Manchester City
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 19 6 10 51 49 2 63
7 Manchester United 33 17 6 10 56 38 18 57
9 Newcastle United 35 14 4 17 39 54 -15 46
10 Stoke City
11 Crystal Palace
12 WestHamUnited 35 10 7 18 38 48 -10 37
13 Swansea City
14 Hull City
15 Aston Villa
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 6 15 12 40 51 -11 33
17 Norwich City
18 Cardiff City
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