Strike dents United’s hopes
FRANK Lampard breathed fresh life into the English Premier League title race as the Chelsea midfielder’s controversial late penalty clinched a 2-1 victory over leaders Manchester United. Lampard’s winner came after referee Martin Atkinson ruled that United defender Chris Smalling had brought down Chelsea substitute Yuri Zhirkov with 10 minutes to go at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. It was a hammer blow for United, who suffered just their second league defeat this season despite taking the lead through Wayne Rooney’s first-half strike. Brazilian defender David Luiz equalised with his first goal for Chelsea soon after halftime and Lampard sealed the points before captain Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a second booking.