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Chelsea gets by Sunderland 2-1


Chelsea's Arjen Robben, center, is sent off after receiving a second yellow card from referee Chris Foy, left, for ``over-celebrating'' his goal against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England, on Sunday.


Arjen Robben scored the winning goal in the 70th minute and was promptly sent off for celebrating with the fans while Chelsea held on for a 2-1 win over Sunderland on Sunday in the English Premier League.

Robben's chip was deflected in by Sunderland defender Dean Whitehead. He then received his second yellow card for jumping over the advertisements lining the field to celebrate with fans in the stands. Robben was booked in the first half for a challenge on Liam Lawrence.

"I think his first booking was a little bit harsh as well," Chelsea captain John Terry said. "To jump over a board, and as long as you're ... going to celebrate, you've just put us 2-1 up away from home, grinding out a great result, there's no harm in that at all."

Lawrence gave Sunderland the lead after taking a soft clearance from Terry and shooting past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The Blues leveled 16 minutes later when Hernan Crespo headed in a cross from Joe Cole. Crespo nearly gave Chelsea the lead minutes later but he headed Frank Lampard's cross over the bar.

``We got a bit of a telling off at halftime. We came out and we were much, much better in the second half,'' Terry said.

Chelsea leads the league with 61 points, followed by Manchester United with 45 and Liverpool with 44.

"We've got a great record, 10 on the spin now with Man U losing [Saturday] as well but Liverpool are looking good and they've got two games in hand," Terry said. "We just need to keep plugging away and keep winning."

Relegation looks likely for Sunderland, which was promoted last season. It has won only one game out of 21 so far and earned only six points.

"It's getting harder and harder to suggest that we're going to get out of this," Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy said. "It's becoming increasingly more difficult."

Earlier, West Brom also won its game with 10 men. Substitute Martin Albrechtsen scored the winning goal at JJB Stadium early in the second half to help the team beat Wigan 1-0.

Darren Moore was sent off in the 43rd minute after getting his second yellow card. Albrechtsen, who came on after the red card, took a cross from Ronnie Wallwork and scored diagonally into the goal for West Brom's first away win of the season.

West Brom goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak ensured the win by making a scrambled diving save to deny Jason Roberts in the final minutes.

"The spirit of the lads was terrific," West Brom manager Bryan Robson said. "It was a great goal from Martin and Tomasz has been playing terrifically well recently. It was a terrific battling performance."

Rangers beat Motherwell 1-0 in the Scottish Premier League.

Peter Lovenkrands scored in the 55th minute for his 10th goal in seven games but was later taken off with a back injury. Rangers manager Alex McLeish said the injury wasn't serious.

McLeish said he was considering buying more players by the end of the transfer window.

"You never know," he said. "We are still trying. The price is quite heavy in the British market so we maybe have to look somewhere else if we are to take Rangers forward."

Celtic leads the standings with 54 points, followed by Hearts with 47, Hibernian with 38 and Rangers with 37.

In Sunday's other match, Dundee United beat Falkirk 2-1 for its first win under new manager Craig Brewster. Derek McInnes scored the winner in the 88th minute for Dundee United, which had taken the lead through David Fernandez before Daniel McBreen leveled for Falkirk.

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