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30/04/2011 19:30, Report by G Thompson

Chelsea's slice of luck

Chelsea were given a huge slice of luck in their pursuit of United after the officials wrongly allowed both of the Blues' goals in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

Spurs had taken the lead at Stamford Bridge on 19 minutes through a stunning 30-yard effort from Sandro which flew into the top corner, and the visitors looked likely to end the half with the advantage. But Chelsea claimed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when Frank Lampard's speculative effort rolled through the legs of Heurelho Gomes and towards the line. Gomes scrambled to grasp the ball before it crossed it, but the linesman, despite not having the best view, signalled to referee Andre Marriner that it was over. Replays, however, showed the whole ball had not crossed the line.

Chelsea pressed for a winner after the break and got another piece of good fortune a minute from time when Salomon Kalou poked home the winner from close range despite being in an offside position.

The result means Ancelotti's men have closed the gap on United to three points. The Reds are at Arsenal on Sunday and know that a victory at the Emirates and another over Chelsea a week later will seal a record 19th title.

Results: 30 April / 1 May

Blackburn 1-0 Bolton
Blackpool 0-0 Stoke
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
Sunderland 0-3 Fulham
West Brom 2-1 Aston Villa
Wigan 1-1 Everton

Birmingham 1-1 Wolves
Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
Arsenal 1-0 United
Man City 2-1 West Ham

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