Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals Sunday to lead Manchester United to a 2-0 win over Blackburn in the Premier League. Ronaldo scored in the 34th and 35th minutes.
With the victory on the soccer betting lines, United moved ahead of Arsenal in the standings although the Gunners could move back into first with a win Monday against Reading. "I’m really happy with that result because they are a good side," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said. "With the front players we’ve got, one is going to produce something on the day we feel – today it was Ronaldo." Ronaldo headed his first goal after taking a cross from Ryan Giggs. A minute later, Ronaldo scored into the corner of the goal. Wayne Rooney missed the game for United after hurting his ankle on Friday.
Elsewhere in Premier League action on Sunday, Tim Cahill scored in injury time for Everton as they got a 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Cahill scored with a bicycle kick after Juliano Belletti failed to clear a shot by James McFadden. "I thought every 10 minutes we had a chance to win the game," Chelsea manager Avram Grant said. "We want to build our style of play – in attack especially. We are going well but need to score more goals. We will be in the title race, especially if we continue to play football soccer like this all the time."
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winning goal in Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory over Birmingham. "It’s a local derby. It’s a massive soccer betting game for everybody at both clubs and to get the three points is what we needed," Villa striker Ashley Young said. "We always thought we could go on and get the second goal and we did."
Tottenham finally got a win as they beat Wigan 4-0, and Bolton and Middlesbrough drew 0-0. Manchester City played to a scoreless draw at Portsmouth. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart made several saves to salvage the draw against Portsmouth. Manchester City’s best chances were from Darius Vassell and Martin Petrov.
Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard scored for Liverpool on Saturday as they beat Fulham 2-0. Also Saturday, it was: Sunderland and Newcastle playing to a 1-1 draw and West Ham routing Derby 5-0.
Manchester United leads the league with 30 points, followed by Arsenal with 27, Manchester City with 26, Chelsea with 25 and Liverpool with 24.
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