NEWCASTLE, England -- Chelsea sent the English Premier League title race to the final day of the season, beating Newcastle 2-0 Monday night on goals by Michael Ballack and Florent Malouda.
Manchester United (26-5-6) and Chelsea (25-3-9) each have 84 points with one game remaining, but Manchester United is far ahead on goal difference (plus-56 to plus-39), the first tiebreaker.
Manchester United, seeking its second straight league title and 10th in 16 seasons, plays at Wigan on Sunday. In a match played simultaneously, Chelsea hosts Bolton.
Chelsea and Manchester United also meet in the European Champions League final on May 21 at Moscow.
Ballack put Chelsea ahead with a glancing header in the 61st minute, and Malouda scored in the 82nd.
"We were a bit slow at times with our touches on the ball in the first half," Chelsea captain John Terry said. "We had a bit of a rollicking at halftime, but we needed to pick it up to put the pressure on Manchester United."
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- American midfielder Michael Bradley was ejected as Heerenveen lost to Ajax Amsterdam in a playoff for a berth in next season's European Champions League.
Bradley, a son of U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, received his second yellow card and was sent off in the 39th minute of a 3-1 defeat to Ajax, which advanced on 5-2 aggregate in the home-and-home playoff. Ajax plays Twente on May 10 and 18 for a Champions League berth.
PSV Eindhoven won the Dutch Eredivisie and receives one of the Netherlands' two Champions League berths.
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