Victories leave Premier League leaders unchanged
By Rob Harris ,AP
February 24, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
LONDON -- Slender victories for Chelsea and Manchester City, and a potent attacking display by Arsenal, left the top of the Premier League unchanged Saturday.
Chelsea leads the way after captain John Terry clinched a 1-0 victory over Everton in stoppage time by bundling the ball over.
Arsenal is just a point behind its London rival as Olivier Giroud scored twice on his return to the starting lineup in a 4-1 victory over struggling Sunderland.
Third-placed City relied on Yaya Toure's goal to see off former manager Mark Hughes' Stoke 1-0 to remain three points from the summit with a game in hand.
Champion Manchester United is still 15 points from the summit but moved up to sixth after ending a three-game winless run with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
The bottom three remains unchanged, with Sunderland, Cardiff and Fulham in the relegation zone separated by three points.
It's tight at the top too. But at Stamford Bridge, it seemed like Jose Mourinho's side would endure a second successive draw as Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard repeatedly thwarted them.
That was until the third minute of stoppage time when Phil Jagielka fouled Ramires to concede a free kick. Frank Lampard whipped the ball into the penalty area, and it seemed to brush off Branislav Ivanovic's head before Terry appeared to nudge it into the net with the help of Howard's body.
“When you score minute 90-something you can speak about being lucky,” Mourinho said. “The reality is that the boys chased that. We were the team that was really trying to win, which is our responsibility.
“We deserved it. I never thought we would score so late. I had hope that we could score a goal before that. Destiny wanted last minute.”
It was similarly anxious for City at home, having gone two games without a win.