Chelsea held to 2-2 tie by Spurs in Premier League

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — 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.

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MADRID (AP) — 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.



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