Premier League — 18 April 2013

John Terry scored twice for Chelsea as they defeated Fulham 3-0 at Craven CottageIn last night’s Premier League games Manchester City and Chelsea claimed victories, while Manchester United only gained a point at West Ham.

Manchester City left it late to defeat Wigan 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium. It looked like the visitors could be taking a vital point home with them for much of the clash, but then City scored an 83rd minute winner.

Carlos Tevez beat two players and then another before curling home an effort from the edge of the area.

The defeat means that Wigan are still three points from safety, but have a game in-hand, while City move within 13 points of Manchester United, who drew 2-2 at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground last night.

The home side made a bright start and took the lead on 16 minutes through Ricardo Vaz Te. Andy Carroll headed a Matt Jarvis cross back across the face of goal and the Portuguese forward was there to head home from close-range.

The visitors equalised on 31 minutes. Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa played a one-two with Robin van Persie, before crossing for Antonio Valencia to score with another close range effort.

The Irons regained the lead on 55 minutes, as midfielder Mohamed Diame struck a superb effort from outside the box that gave David De Gea no chance in the United goal. The champions-elect equalised in controversial style in the 77th minute.

Shinji Kagawa struck a shot that rebound of the post and Van Persie was there to fire home. Replays showed that the Dutch striker was offside when he struck the effort.

Elsewhere Chelsea moved up to third in the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory at London rivals Fulham. The Blues took the lead on the half-hour mark, through a fantastic long-range free-kick from David Luiz.

John Terry headed home a second on the stroke of half-time, before the centre-back struck again with 19 minutes remaining on the clock. The victory moved Chelsea three points clear of fifth place Tottenham in the race for the Champions League places.

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