'Great day' for Man U

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Ten-man Manchester United defeated West Ham 4-1 yesterday with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo to increase the pressure on title rival Chelsea in the Premier League.

United moved three points clear at the top with 84 points and a game left to play. United's only rival Chelsea has 81 points with a game in hand and plays Newcastle tomorrow.

"It has been a great day for us and we've got a big chance," Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "Our players have been absolutely fantastic this season. We were down to 10 men today and I said to try to run the clock down, keep possession and be patient in the second half and I'm very pleased because there was a bit of tiredness."

United and Chelsea also play in the Champions League final on May 21 in Moscow.

Ronaldo brought his goal tally to 40 this season with goals in the third and 24th minutes. Carlos Tevez and Michael Carrick also scored for United, which played with 10 men from the 37th minute after Nani was sent off.

Bolton effectively secured its place in next season's Premier League with a 2-0 win over Sunderland. It now has 36 points in 16th place but has a much better goal difference than 18th-place Reading.

Fulham moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this year with its win over Birmingham -- pushing Reading down into the bottom three.

SPANISH PRIMERA LIGA

Teenage midfielder Ignacio Camacho scored two goals to lead Atletico Madrid over Recreativo Huelva 3-0.

The win tightens Atletico's grip on the fourth Champions League qualifying place.

Camacho beat goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino to a cross in the 23rd minute to head in his first league goal on the eve of his 18th birthday. He doubled his tally in the 75th after swivelling to score from a loose ball. Argentina striker Sergio Aguero scored in the 54th after sliding in Maxi Rodriguez's centring pass.

Defender Roberto Ayala scored on the last play of the game to give Zaragoza a 1-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna to lift it out of the immediate drop zone into 16th with 41 points.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Werder Bremen beat Energie Cottbus 2-0 to delay Bayern Munich's Bundesliga title celebrations for at least another day.

Bremen won late when Markus Rosenberg scored in the 67th minute and Hugo Almeida added a second in the 79th.

Bremen pulled two points clear of third-placed Schalke, which was eliminated from the title hunt with a 1-1 draw against Hannover 96.

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Lyon was held to a 0-0 draw by Nice and must wait until the next round to try to clinch its seventh French title in a row.

Lyon missed several chances to win. Juninho and Jeremy Toulalan hit the crossbar, while top-scorer Karim Benzema also went close for Lyon.

Bordeaux can trim Lyon's lead to two points if it wins at Marseille today. There will then be two rounds left.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Celtic rallied to beat Motherwell 2-1, opening up an eight-point lead over Rangers.

However Rangers, which won a place in the UEFA Cup final on Thursday, still has four games to make up in the league. One of those is at Hibernian today and another is against Motherwell on Wednesday.

Giorgios Samaras scored the winner for Celtic in the 79th minute. Chris Porter had put Motherwell ahead in the 60th, but Scott McDonald equalized three minutes later.

BRIEFLY

Stein Huysegems scored twice to lead FC Twente past 10-man NAC Breda 5-1, and 8-1 on aggregate in Dutch league playoffs for a place in next season's Champions League ... Nacional routed Portuguese champion FC Porto 3-0. Fabio Coentrao scored twice before Juninho added a third.


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