Blues near title, Juve on top
London, April 24:
Chelsea beat Fulham 3-1 to move within two points of its second English championship on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of the Blues’ last title in 1955. The Premier League title could even come on Monday if second-place Arsenal ties or loses to Tottenham. If not, Chelsea can clinch it with a victory at Bolton next Saturday. Chelsea has 85 points, while Arsenal has 71 points. In other actions, it was: Everton 1, Birmingham 1; Aston Villa 1, Bolton 1; Blackburn 0, Manchester City 0; Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 0; Middlesbrough 4, West Brom 0; Norwich 1, Charlton 0. Manchester United is on 67 points and Everton is fourth with 58 points, four ahead of crosstown rival Liverpool.
Spanish La Liga
MADRID: Ronaldo and Michel Salgado scored second-half goals to help Real Madrid rally to a 2-1 victory over Villarreal for its fifth straight win. The Brazilian made up for Juan Roman Riquelme’s first-half penalty by heading home in the 70th minute, although Madrid was immediately hit by the ejection of Walter Samuel. Salgado struck the winning goal in the 74th, and Madrid moved to within three points of league leader FC Barcelona. Barcelona has 72 points, while Madrid has 69. Sevilla and Villarreal have 52 points each. Real Betis is fifth with 51. In Saturday’s other game, Osasuna edged Atletico Madrid 1-0.
Italian Serie A
ROME: Defending champion AC Milan beat Parma 3-0, on goals by Kaka, Jon-Dahl Tomasson and Cafu, to earn an undisputed lead and a promising victory. The second straight home win lifted the Milan side to 73 points, three clear of Juventus. In an earlier match, David Di Michele scored two goals and Vincenzo Iaquinta added another as Udinese beat Siena 3-2. The away win moved Udinese to fourth place with 53 points, one ahead of Sampdoria.