Chelsea Beats Wigan With Injury-Time Goal in Premier League

Juan Mata scored in injury time to give Chelsea a 2-1 win over Wigan in English soccer’s Premier League.

Branislav Ivanovic added a controversial goal as Chelsea continued its late-season push under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo. The Blues are two points behind fourth-place Arsenal in the race for the final place in the Champions League.

Tottenham moved above Arsenal into third place after a 0-0 tie at Sunderland, Fulham won 3-0 at Bolton, West Brom beat Blackburn 3-0, Liverpool tied 1-1 with Aston Villa, Norwich drew 2-2 with Everton and Stoke beat last-place Wolverhampton 2-1.

Chelsea has lost just once in 10 games since Di Matteo replaced the fired Andre Villas-Boas last month. The Blues are tied on 56 points with Newcastle, which beat Swansea 2-0 yesterday, and hold fifth place over the Magpies on a superior goal difference.

Chelsea took the lead in the 62nd minute with a goal from Ivanovic, who television replays showed to be offside. Wigan tied the game on Mohammed Diame’s goal with nine minutes remaining. But the Blues clinched the win in the third of five added minutes as Fernando Torres hit the post with a shot and Mata put in the rebound.

Goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell led West Brom past Blackburn. Defeats keep Blackburn and Wigan in the three relegations places at the bottom of the standings behind Queen’s Park Rangers, which plays league leader Manchester United tomorrow.

Spurs in Third

Tottenham has won just one of its past six league matches, but its goalless draw at Sunderland was enough to move it up to third. Spurs have 59 points, one more than north London rival Arsenal, which hosts second-place Manchester City tomorrow.

Clint Dempsey scored twice as Fulham ended Bolton’s three- game winning run. Bolton remains one point above the drop zone.

Grant Holt’s 75th-minute goal gave Norwich a tie with Everton, while Luis Suarez’s goal in the 81st minute rescued a draw for Liverpool, its ninth time in 16 home games this season.

Robert Huth and Peter Crouch scored as Stoke beat Wolverhampton to end four-match winless run. Michael Kightly had the goal for Wolves, which lost its sixth straight to remain last with 22 points.

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