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Chelsea drop points at home to Newcastle

sports Updated: May 15, 2011 23:36 IST

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Chelsea's pain at losing their Premier League title to Manchester United was compounded by Steven Taylor's added-time header that secured a 2-2 draw for Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge here on Sunday.

But Chelsea were twice pulled back after taking the lead with Jonas Gutierrez deflecting in a Ryan Taylor free-kick to cancel out Branislav Ivanovic's second minute opening goal and Steven Taylor replying after Alex had put the home side ahead in the 83rd minute.

Meanwhile, third-placed Arsenal lose 1-2 to Aston Villa at The Emirates Stadium. Two early goals by Darren Bent spelt a nervous finish to the season for The Gunners and though Robin van Persie scored late, it wasn’t enough.

The race for Europe has also heated up with sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur beating Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. Rafael van der Vaart’s ninth minute strike and a Luka Modric penalty set the two apart and Spurs leapfrogged to fifth, a single point ahead of The Reds.

Scholes could retire at season’s end

london: Manchester United’s veteran midfielder Paul Scholes may retire at the end of the season. Scholes won the 10th Premier League title of his illustrious career on Saturday after coming on as a second-half substitute to help United secure the point needed to guarantee first place in a 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

But the 36-year-old is believed to be considering his future as he isn’t a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting line-up.

Ferguson already has to look for a replacement for Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who has announced he will quit football after United's Champions League final against Barcelona on May 28. Atletico Madrid's David de Gea has been linked as their main target.

West Ham relegated

West Ham were relegated from the English Premier League after squandering a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 defeat away to fellow strugglers Wigan on Sunday.

The defeat left the Hammers on 33 points, meaning a win against Sunderland would not be enough for the London club to climb out of the relegation zone.