Chelsea surrender initiative, City and Arsenal share the points

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Updated: March 30, 2014

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A John Terry own goal condemned Chelsea to a 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace while Arsenal and Manchester City shared the points on a day that saw the title race blown open once again.

Jose Mourinho’s team surrendered the title initiative when they failed to secure the points against Crystal Palace. John Terry was the fall guy as he mistakenly nodded the ball into his own net to give Palace the lead. The home defence then shut out the Chelsea attack to hold on for a crucial win which sees them edge further away from relegation.

In the late kick-off at the Emirates, Manchester City took the early lead when David Silva gave the visitors the lead after just 17 minutes. Podolski squandered the possession to Silva who sent the ball to the inform Dzeko, the Bosnian saw his shot rebound off the post into the path of Silva who calmly provided the finish.

The Gunners saw more of the ball in the second half and on the 53rd minute Podolski provided the cross for Flamini who slammed home a difficult equaliser.

Chelsea remain on 69 points, 1 clear of Liverpool who are in action today against Spurs, while City sit a point further back with 2 games in hand over Mourinho’s team. Arsenal remain in 4th on 64 points.

Manchester United responded well from its derby defeat to City, with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. It was a much needed win for the under fire Moyes who faced a mixed reaction from the fans. It might have been a crushing win however if he is going to relieve the pressure his team needs a performance against Bayern Munich next week that will show he is the right man to continue taking the club forward after a terrible season.

In other action, Jay Rodriguez bagged a brace at St. Mary’s to lead Southampton to a comfortable 4-0 defeat of Newcastle, Jonathan De Guzman scored twice at the Liberty Stadium to lift Swansea City to a 3-0 defeat of Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City shared the spoils by playing to a 3-3 thriller at the Hawthorns and Peter Odemwingie produced the only goal at the Britannia as Stoke City earned its third straight league win with a 1-0 victory over Hull City.