Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Chelsea held to 2-2 tie by Spurs in Premier League
LONDON -- Gylfi Sigurdsson scored in the 80th minute, and Tottenham twice came from behind for a 2-2 tie at Chelsea on Wednesday night.
That left Spurs needing other teams to drop points in the race for England's final two Champions League spots.
Oscar put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute, but Emmanuel Adebayor tied the score in the 26th with a 22-yard shot following a run from inside his own half.
Ramires' 39th-minute goal looked to have earned Chelsea three points that would virtually have secured the team a place in Europe's top competition for an 11th straight season. But Sigurdsson placed a curling shot into the corner in the 80th.
Chelsea (20-7-9) is third with 69 points with two games left, two points ahead of Arsenal (19-7-10). Tottenham (19-8-9) is one point behind the fourth-place Gunners in the race for the last Champions League berth.
"Obviously with a point we don't depend on ourselves any more, someone else will have to drop points," said Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, making his first return to the club that fired him 14 months ago.
Chelsea closes at Aston Villa and home against Everton, while Arsenal hosts Wigan and finishes at Newcastle. Tottenham is at Stoke and home against Sunderland.
"We had the chance today," Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said. "Twice we had the advantage and we could have killed the game."
American midfielder Clint Dempsey entered in the 70th minute for Spurs.
MADRID -- Real Madrid delayed Barcelona's title celebration, beating Malaga 6-2 to prevent its rival from clinching its 22nd Spanish league title and fourth in five years.
Raul Albiol scored on a header from Luka Modric's corner kick in the third minute, but Roque Santa Cruz tied the score in the 15th. Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid ahead for good in the 26th, five minutes after his penalty kick was saved by goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero. Sergio Sanchez received a red card for fouling Ronaldo, leading to the penalty kick.
Ronaldo's goal was his 200th for Real Madrid and 54th this season.
Mesut Ozil made it 3-1 in the 33rd. Antunes cut the gap three minutes later, but Madrid pulled away on goals by Karim Benzema in first-half injury time, Modric in the 63rd and Angel Di Maria in second-half injury time.
American defender Oguchi Onyewu came on in the 76th minute for Malaga, his first league appearance since Nov. 10 and first in any competition since the Copa del Rey on Jan. 8.
Barcelona (28-2-4) has an eight-point lead over Real Madrid (25-5-5) with four games left and would clinch with a win Sunday at third-place Atletico Madrid (22-7-6), which won 3-1 at Celta Vigo.
MILAN -- Mario Balotelli scored twice to help AC Milan beat already-relegated Pescara 4-0 in the Serie A as it closed in on its 10th Champions League berth in 11 years.
Balotelli put Milan ahead in the ninth minute and converted a penalty kick in the 57th, his 11th goal since joining Milan in January. Sulley Muntari scored in the 33rd and Mathieu Flamini in the 51st.
Milan (20-8-8) is third -- which gains a berth in the Champions League playoff round -- with two games left. Fourth-place Fiorentina (19-10-7) remained four points back, winning 1-0 at Siena on Gonzalo Rodriguez's 14th-minute goal.
Napoli (22-5-9) clinched second and a berth in the Champions League group stage, winning 3-0 at Bologna on goals by Marek Hamsik and Blerim Dzemaili around Edinson Cavani's penalty kick.
Juventus (27-4-5), which clinched the title last weekend, won 1-0 at Atalanta on Alessandro Matri's goal in the 18th minute.
PARIS -- Relegation-threatened Evian routed Lorient 4-0 to reach the French Cup final against Troyes or Bordeaux on May 31 at Stade de France.
Evian, one point above the relegation zone with three games left in the French first division, got goals from Milos Ninkovic, Yannick Sagbo, Kevin Berigaud and Najib Baouia.
Troyes and Bordeaux play Tuesday, a week after their semifinal was postponed by bad weather.