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United beat Sunderland
- Premier League
- Aston Villa hold chelsea in a thriller

London: Manchester United beat Sunderland 4-0 for their fifth straight win in the Premier League on Wednesday, and Aston Villa scored a late equaliser to draw 4-4 at Chelsea in a game that saw three players sent off.

Louis Saha scored twice, with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo adding one each against Sunderland, which is coached by former Red Devil Roy Keane.

Aston Villa saved a point in injury time through a penalty kick from Gareth Barry, after Ashley Cole was sent off for a handball, joining Villa’s Zat Knight and Chelsea’s Ricardo Carvalho in being ejected.

Red cards also featured several other matches. Ten-man Reading rallied to a 1-1 draw at West Ham and Tottenham beat Fulham 5-1 with two goals each from Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone. Fulham’s Moritz Volz was sent off in the 87th for a second yellow card.

Also Wednesday, it was: Derby 1, Liverpool 2; Birmingham 3, Middlesbrough 0; Everton 2, Bolton 0; and Wigan 1, Newcastle 0.

Rooney put United ahead in the 20th with a goal from 18 meters (yards), then set up Saha to extend the lead with a volley in the 30th. Ronaldo scored on a free kick to make it 3-0 in the 45th, before Saha added his second with a penalty kick in the 86th.

Chelsea extended their unbeaten streak in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge home to 72 matches as Villa failed to repeat their 2-0 home win over the Blues in the league earlier this season.

Shaun Maloney put Villa ahead in the 14th minute, taking a header from John Carew to score past goalkeeper Petr Cech, who started despite bruising his side and hip in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Blackburn.

Maloney doubled Villa’s lead in the 44th after Cech fumbled his shot.

Andriy Shevchenko pulled one back with a penalty kick in the 45th after Knight was sent off for a challenge on Michael Ballack, and then equalised with a powerful shot from 20 metres (yards) in the 50th.

Alex took a pass from Shevchenko to score in the 66th, before Martin Laursen levelled in the 72nd with a volley from a free kick from Ashley Young. Carvalho was sent off in the 80th for a lunge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Ballack, who came on when Frank Lampard limped off with a leg injury in the first-half, thought he’d scored the winner with a free-kick in the 88th only for Villa to level again with the spot kick.

“We deserved nothing less than a draw,” Aston Villa manager Martin ’Neill said. “We were terrific. We never gave up and came back from the dead twice.”

Chelsea said in a statement they would appeal Cole’s red card.

Tottenham registered their biggest league win of the season. Keane scored in the 27th on a rebound after Steed Malbranque’s shot hit the post and then took a header from Dimitar Berbatov in the 62nd to score his 100th Premier League goal.

Huddlestone had goals in the 45th and 71st, with Jermain Defoe rounding off the win in the 90th.

Clint Dempsey scored off his own rebound to pull a goal back in the 60th for Fulham, which is playing under caretaker manager Ray Lewington after Lawrie Sanchez was fired on Friday.        (AP)

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