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Ronaldo brace helps United beat Everton
- Inter win Milan derby 2-1 to extend Serie A lead

London: Cristiano Ronaldo scored an 88th-minute penalty to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday that kept them within a point of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Third-placed Chelsea also kept up the chase when a first-half Joe Cole goal gave them a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers.

Arsenal, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Saturday, lead the way on 43 points with United second on 42 and Chelsea on 37.

Manchester City, who drew 1-1 at Aston Villa, have 34 while Liverpool, 4-1 home winners over Portsmouth, are fifth on 33. Everton remain sixth on 30, ahead of Portsmouth on goal difference.

In Italy, Serie A leaders Inter Milan came from behind to beat city rivals AC Milan 2-1 on Sunday and extend their advantage over AS Roma to seven points.

Argentine duo Julio Cruz and Esteban Cambiasso scored in either half to cancel out Andrea Pirlo’s 18th minute opener.

Unbeaten Inter’s sixth consecutive league win gives them 43 points from 17 games, while Roma are on 36 after beating Sampdoria 2-0 on Saturday thanks to captain Francesco Totti’s brace.

Defeat means Milan have still not won against Italian opposition at the San Siro this season and are 25 points behind Inter in 12th place, but with three games in hand.

Third-placed Juventus have 35 points after beating Siena 2-0 in Turin on Sunday.

Manchester United, seeking a ninth successive home league win, went ahead in the 22nd minute when Ronaldo cut in from the right and clipped in a left-footed shot.

Everton hit back when Tim Cahill showed great determination to power in an excellent header.

United looked lively and inventive but found Everton difficult to break down despite the wealth of attacking talent on show.

That changed when Steven Pienaar thrust out a leg behind him in a playground tackle on Ryan Giggs that handed Ronaldo the decisive penalty.

At the San Siro, Inter’s Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleyed the first chance over after being set up by Maicon in the fourth minute.

But the match really came to life when Pirlo found the top corner with a free-kick from the edge of the box.

The champions equalised in the 36th when Cruz controlled a Cambiasso pass and drove the ball home despite the attention of three defenders.

Cambiasso decided the match in the 63rd minute, scoring with a shot from outside the box that deceived Brazilian keeper Dida.

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