Chelsea sneak one past United

Jones' own goal helps Blues to 1-0 win over newly-crowned champs

A late own goal from Phil Jones secured Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on Sunday to leave the Londoners poised for a top-four finish and a Champions League place next season.

An angled shot from Juan Mata in the 87th minute took a slight deflection off defender Jones and beat keeper Anders Lindegaard.

United defender Rafael was sent off in the 89th minute for kicking out at fellow Brazilian David Luiz, becoming the first player that the champions have had dismissed this season.
Chelsea moved up to third place on 68 points from 35 games, one ahead of Arsenal, who have played a game more, and three ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who have also played 35.

In the earlier game, Everton’s slim hopes of playing European football next season receded further after they drew 0-0 at city rivals Liverpool in a derby short on entertainment.

Everton, who have drawn 15 Premier League games this season -- more than any other side -- remain sixth on 60 points. They have just two games remaining and have slim hopes of securing the Europa League place for the side finishing fifth. Liverpool are seventh on 55 points.

Juventus bag title

Juventus clinched their second successive Serie A title with three games to spare by beating Palermo 1-0 on Sunday while Miroslav Klose hit five goals in Lazio's 6-0 demolition of hapless Bologna.

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, Juve's leading scorer with 10 goals, wrapped up the title by converting a 59th-minute penalty amid Palermo protests after Mirko Vucinic was pushed by Massimo Donati.

Juve’s afternoon was dampened when midfielder Paul Pogba was sent off for spitting at Salvatore Aronica in the 84th following a clash between the pair.

Klose’s extraordinary performance began when the 34-year-old Germany international opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.

Hernanes scored a brilliant second with a dipping 30-metre shot, then Klose grabbed two in three minutes to complete a first-half hat-trick, finishing off a counter-attack and then tapping in Abdoullay Konko's pass at the far post.

Klose was allowed a free header from Antonio Candreva's cross as he added a fourth goal early in the second half and he was again unmarked as he turned in a Sergio Floccari pass just after the hour.

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