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Manchester United holds off Chelsea for Premier League Title

May 13, 2008 12:45 PM
by Denis Cummings
Manchester United clinched the title with a 2-0 win at Wigan, but Chelsea will have a chance for revenge in next week’s Champions League final.

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Manchester United entered Sunday’s game tied with Chelsea, but it held the tiebreaker, a superior goal differential.

Knowing a win would clinch the title, United took he lead on a first-half penalty shot goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. In the 80th minute, Ryan Giggs, playing in his record-tying 758th game for United, put his team up 2-0, sealing the win and the title.

Chelsea, playing at home to Bolton, was up 1-0 when news of Giggs’ goal reached the stadium. It deflated the fans and the team, who conceded an injury time goal and finished in a 1-1 draw.

United celebrated its 17th domestic league title, one shy of Liverpool’s record 18, and the 10th of manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary career.

For all of Ferguson’s domestic success, he’s won just one European Cup. He’ll have the chance to win his second on May 21, playing against Chelsea in the first ever all-England Champions League final.

At the other end of the table, Fulham staved off relegation win a 1-0 win at Portsmouth. Danny Murphy scored the “35 million-pound goal” that gave the Cottagers the win and a share of the Premier League’s television money next year.

Reading and Birmingham City both won, but couldn’t leapfrog Fulham and joined Derby as this year’s relegated teams.

Headline Links: Manchester United wins, Chelsea draws, Fulham stays up

Reactions: Fergie’s staying, Bruce blames ref, Terry looks to Moscow

Opinion & Analysis: Both Ferguson and Grant deserve praise

Background: Season in review

Reference: Statistics, Soccer Web Guide

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