Robben sees red as Chelsea win again

BY JOHN HUGHES LONDON - With second-placed United slipping up 3-1 in the big Manchester derby at City, there seems to be no halting Chelseas remorseless march towards the Premiership title for a second successive season. Chelsea opened up a massive 16-point gap at the top after winning 2-1 at

plucky Sunderland, the bottom club. Arjen Robben, the Dutch winger, was bizarrely sent off for a second yellow card after going into the crowd to celebrate his decisive goal. Another winger, Manchester Uniteds Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, was red-carded for a nasty challenge, but City led 2-0 at the time and sealed victory in front of a 47,192 crowd with substitute Robbie Fowlers sweet strike in the last minute.

Australian Harry Kewell blasted in a spectacular angled volley as Liverpool, who now trail the leaders by 17 points with two matches in hand, won 1-0 at home to Tottenham. And French ace Thierry Henry hit a hat-trick as Arsenal ran riot, thrashing visitors Middlesbrough 7-0.

Zimbabwe international striker Benjani Mwaruwari, a £4.1 million buy from French football, ended up a loser on his Portsmouth debut as Everton headed back home with a 1-0 win. Mwaruwari showed some nice touches, but never had a goalscoring chance in a scrappy match played on a poor pitch. Nigerias Joseph Yobo was outstanding at the back for Everton.

Reading, the Berkshire club, are odds-on to be playing in the Premiership next season for the first time in their 135-year history. Top-scorer Dave Kitson grabbed both goals as the runaway table-toppers stretched their unbeaten Championship run to 28 matches with a 2-0 home win over Coventry. They are 21 points ahead of the highest-placed team outside the two automatic promotion places.

Southend top League One after a 4-1 home win over Brentford, while Wycombe lead the way in League Two after beating visitors Notts County 2-0.

– Manchester United and Liverpool go head-to-head in the match of the day at Old Trafford this Sunday. Chelsea host London rivals Charlton on the same day.

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