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made it five goals in three games as
Sunderland moved out of the Premier
League relegation zone with a 4-0
victory over ten-man Cardiff yesterday.
The 21-year-old Wickham headed
Sunderland into a 26th-minute lead---
to add to the double he scored at
Manchester City and his strike in last
weekend's win at Chelsea---and then
sealed the win with a late header.
He played a key role in the second
goal too, as he forced defender Juan
Cala into the ill-judged challenge which
cost him a red card and his side a
Fabio Borini made no mistake from
the spot and substitute Emanuele
Giaccherini added a third 14 minutes
It was just Sunderland's fourth
league victory at the Stadium of Light
in 17 attempts.
But more importantly, it lifted the
Black Cats from the foot of the table
out of the bottom three, albeit only on
goal difference, as they leapfrogged
Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich.
Sunderland out of drop zone after routing Cardiff
LIVERPOOL---The Premier League
title race swung back in Manches-
ter City s favour yesterday as the
team took full advantage of Liv-
erpool slipping up against Chelsea.
Liverpool still tops the standings
despite losing 2-0 to Chelsea, which
is now only two points behind with
two games remaining.
But it s City that now has matters
in its own hands after winning 2-
0 at Crystal Palace. Despite still
sitting third in the table, three
points behind Liverpool, the 2012
champions have a game in hand
and a superior goal difference.
With City playing at Everton on
Saturday, Liverpool needs a huge
favor from its neighbors at Good-
ison Park to regain the initiative in
the title race. It s a race which is
likely to go down to the final day
on May 11.
City has Yaya Toure back from
a thigh injury at just the right time.
The influential midfielder scored
one goal and set up City s second
to overcome a Palace side that had
secured its Premier League status
by winning its previous five games,
including against Chelsea.
Toure whipped in a cross in the
fourth minute in south London that
Edin Dzeko headed into the net.
Just before halftime, Toure started
and concluded a collective attacking
advance by sending a curling shot
past Julian Speroni.
"It was a tricky game but we did
well," Toure said.
The match at Anfield wasn t as
lively---despite the same score-
line---as a resilient Chelsea side suc-
cessfully nullified a team on an 11-
game winning streak.
Liverpool gifted Chelsea the
opening goal in first-half stoppage
time. Captain Steven Gerrard, usu-
ally the reliable heartbeat of the
team and inspirational one-club
player, slipped near the halfway
line, giving away the ball to Demba
Ba.With Gerrard unable to chase
him down, the Senegal striker
advanced unchallenged before slot-
ting the ball past goalkeeper Simon
After Chelsea withstood a series
of attacks, Liverpool striker Daniel
Sturridge lost possession in the
90th minute to allow a rapid coun-
terattack that Willian completed.
It was Liverpool s first league loss
since a trip to Chelsea four months
ago, and manager Brendan Rodgers
was frustrated at the way counter-
part Jose Mourinho set up his team.
"They obviously sat very deep---
I think there were two buses parked
today, never mind one," Rodgers
said. "It was clear that they d come
certainly not wanting to win the
game, with the time wasting."
Mourinho, who rested some
players ahead of Chelsea s Cham-
pions League semifinal second leg
against Atletico Madrid on Wednes-
day, took on critics of his game-
"When a team defends well you
call it defensive display," he said.
"When a team defends badly
and concedes two or three goals
you don t mention a defensive dis-
The day s biggest-scoring game
saw Sunderland rout 10-man
Cardiff 4-0 to climb out of the rel-
egation zone and send the Welsh
Connor Wickham made it five
goals in three games by heading
Sunderland in front in the first half,
and then nodding in the northeast
team s fourth late on.
Juan Cala was sent off for a chal-
lenge on Wickham and Fabio Borini
converted the resulting penalty on
the stroke of halftime.
Emanuele Giaccherini received a
through ball from the Italian striker
to score in the 76th and then set
up Wickham for the fourth as Sun-
derland survival hopes were boost-
"I talked about miracles, let s see
if in two weeks time I am here
telling you that miracles happen,"
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
See-saw in EPL
...as Liverpool loses to Chelsea
Manchester City's Yaya Toure celebrates after scoring during the English
Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City
at Selhurst Park stadium in London, yesterday.
Chelsea's Demba Ba, bottom centre, celebrates scoring against Liverpool
with teammates during their English Premier League soccer match at
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
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