City win again; Manchester Utd held

London, August 16:

Sven-Goran Eriksson won his second in as many games at Manchester City on Wednesday while neighbor Manchester United had Cristiano Ronaldo sent off for an apparent headbutt in a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.

Chelsea rallied to win 2-1 at Reading to also move into a tie at the top of the English Premier League. Former England coach Eriksson guided Man City to a 1-0 victory over promoted Derby, four days after opening with a 2-0 victory at West Ham. Michael Johnson scored with a curling shot for the only goal of the game two minutes before halftime.

The two victories give City six points and tied it atop the table with Chelsea and Everton. Everton won 3-1 at Tottenham on Tuesday and — although tied on goal difference — lead by having scored more goals. Chelsea trails the lead pair on goal difference.

Chelsea fell behind against Reading when goalkeeper Petr Cech missed an attempted punch, and Andre Bikey capitalised for the Royals in the 30th minute. But Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba rallied the Blues with two goals in three minutes early in the second half. Reading finished with 10 men after Kalifa Cisse was ejected midway through the second half with his second yellow card.

Manchester United looked in control at Fratton Park when Paul Scholes scored his first goal in the 15th minute after a layoff by Carlos Tevez, who was making his debut. But Benjani Mwaruwari’s 53rd-minute header equalised for Pompey. Sulley Muntari was sent off for his second yellow card, but he was soon followed by Ronaldo for what appeared to be a headbutt on Pompey’s Richard Hughes.

In Wednesday’s other games, Birmingham and Sunderland drew 2-2, Fulham edged Bolton 2-1 and Wigan won 1-0 at Middlesbrough.