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12 May, 2008 - Published 11:30 GMT
Exciting end to football season
There's been an exciting end to the Barclays Premier League football season in England, with Manchester United holding off the title challenge from their rivals in London, Chelsea. Here's Mike Sanders:
It was all square between Manchester United and Chelsea going into the last day of the season, but with their vastly superior goal difference, the title was United's to lose. To secure it, they had to avoid any slip-ups on their short trip down the road to Wigan, a team that has never taken a Premiership point from them. England's footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo got United on the right track with a thirty-third minute penalty:
Back in London, Chelsea were struggling to make headway against a stubborn Bolton Wanderers side, until the much-criticised Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko made the breakthrough just after the hour mark. A Wigan equaliser against Manchester United at that point could have handed the title to Chelsea. But United veteran Ryan Giggs had other ideas:
Chelsea then fluffed their lines by allowing Bolton a late equaliser, putting them two points behind United. It's Sir Alex Ferguson's tenth title in his twenty-one seasons managing the club.
At the other end of the table, Fulham, who looked dead and buried a month ago, saved their skins with a one-nil victory away at Portsmouth, the third of three back-to-back away wins. It condemned Reading and Birmingham to life in the Championship next season, even though both scored four goals to bow out with impressive but ultimately fruitless wins.
Mike Sanders, BBC
vastly superior goal difference
on the right track
struggling to make headway
fluffed their lines
looked dead and buried
three back-to-back away wins
It condemned Reading and Birmingham to life in the Championship next season