Chelsea leads English Premiership

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Chelsea are the new leaders of England's Premiership courtesy of their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Chelsea are the new leaders of England's Premiership courtesy of their 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday - and Arsenal dropping two points at home to Fulham, earlier in the day. Frank Lampard scored the only goal of the game - a 28th minute penalty after United skipper Roy Keane brought down Joe Cole in the box. Without a doubt, the match of the day in England saw champions Manchester United venture south in attempt to deal with one of the serious contenders to their Premiership throne. 'Imported' fans Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich apparently flew in 400 of his old Russian friends for the match at a personal cost believed to be around 600-thousand pounds sterling. Small change to a man reputed to be worth 3.5 billion pounds. He's spent millions on overhauling the west London side - despite an early flash from Ryan Giggs, his investment looks to have been a sound one. What turned out to be the game's crucial moment came midway through the first half. Penalty awarded Referee Alan Wiley awarded a penalty to Chelsea as a result of Roy Keane's clumsy challenge on Joe Cole. Despite the antics of Tim Howard, Frank Lampard stayed calm to fire the hosts into a 28th minute lead. The United goalkeeper was one of the busiest men on the Stamford Bridge pitch, coming to United's rescue on numerous occasions. Others chances were spurned - in particular by young Cole - but United seemed incapable of punishing such profligacy. The chances dried up after the interval and Sir Alex Ferguson's men did mount something approaching a mini-revival late in the game. Chelsea though, weathered that, and finished the game as they started - strongly. Top of the charts A deserved 1-nil victory saw them overhaul Arsenal and go top of the table. The "Gunners" were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Fulham earlier on Sunday. United know they must improve if they are to maintain their grip on the title. Chelsea, for so long a team that has promised much, may now be in a position to deliver. (AP)

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