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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 15, 2006

Chelsea rallies to beat last-place Sunderland

LONDON -- Chelsea rallied to beat last-place Sunderland 2-1 Sunday in the English Premier League despite being reduced to 10 men when Arjen Robben was sent off for celebrating with fans after he scored the winning goal.

Robben's 70th-minute chip was deflected in the net by Sunderland defender Dean Whitehead. He then received his second yellow card for jumping over the advertisements lining the field to celebrate with fans in the stands.

Robben was yellow-carded in the first half for a challenge on Liam Lawrence.

Lawrence gave Sunderland the lead after taking a soft clearance from John Terry and shooting past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The Blues tied the score 16 minutes later when Hernan Crespo headed in a cross from Joe Cole. Crespo nearly gave Chelsea the lead minutes later but he headed Frank Lampard's cross over the bar.

Chelsea leads the league with 61 points, followed by Manchester United with 45.

Earlier, West Brom edged Wigan 1-0, getting the winning goal from substitute Martin Albrechtsen after the team had been reduced to 10 men.

Darren Moore was sent off in the 43rd minute after getting his second yellow card. Albrechtsen, who took the field after the red card, took a cross from Ronnie Wallwork and scored to give West Brom its first away win of the season.

West Brom goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak ensured the win by making a diving save to deny Jason Roberts in the final minutes.

Italian league
ROME -- Juventus finished the first half of the Italian league season with a record 52 points after Alessandro Del Piero scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Reggina.

Del Piero was honored as Juventus' career scoring leader before the game at Stadio Delle Alpi. The team's captain passed Giampiero Boniperti -- Juventus' star of the 1950s -- with a hat trick in an Italian Cup match Tuesday.

Del Piero's goal Sunday came in the 45th minute off an assist from David Trezeguet. It was the 186th of his Juventus career in all competitions.

Juventus' midseason point total beat the previous mark set by the 1949-50 team, which would have had 50 points under the current system of three points being awarded for victories.

Juventus holds a 10-point lead over Inter Milan.

Inter beat Cagliari 3-2 with two goals from Brazil striker Adriano. Obafemi Martins, who is expected to temporarily leave the team Monday to play for Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations, also scored for Inter.

Fiorentina beat Chievo Verona 2-1 behind two goals from Serie A scoring leader Luca Toni, who snapped a five-game scoreless streak.

Spanish league
MADRID, Spain -- Last-place Alaves upset fourth-place Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 in the Spanish league, giving coach Juan Carlos Oliva a strong start after replacing Chuchi Cos as coach.

John Aloisi and Rodolfo Bodipo scored a goal each for Alaves, which won for the first time in seven games and boosted its hopes of avoiding relegation.

Dutch league
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- PSV Eindhoven got an own-goal in its 1-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam and maintained its lead in the Dutch league.

Feyenoord stayed in second with a 1-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem, and AZ Alkmaar beat Heracles Almelo 2-0 Saturday to maintain third.

Ajax, which is still alive in the Champions League, continued its dismal Dutch season with a 1-1 tie at NEC Nijmegen and fell to sixth place, 14 points behind PSV. Scottish Premier League
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Rangers beat Motherwell 1-0 in the Scottish Premier League, getting a winning goal from Peter Lovenkrands in the 55th minute.

Celtic, which beat Kilmarnock 4-2 Saturday, leads the league with 54 points, followed by Hearts with 47, Hibernian with 38 and Rangers with 37.

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