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Ferdinand's header sinks Liverpool

LONDON -- Charlton held host Chelsea to a 1-1 tie Sunday in the English Premier League -- the first time this season that the defending champions and league leaders have failed to win at home.

Eidur Gudjohnsen gave Chelsea the lead in the 19th minute, but Marcus Bent tied the score with a header in the 59th.

Chelsea, which finished the game with 10 men after Ricardo Carvalho was ejected in the 81st for his second yellow card, is 20-1-2 this season.

Chelsea took the lead after Charlton goalkeeper Thomas Myhre failed to control Hernan Crespo's header and Gudjohnsen volleyed the rebound into the net. Bent, who joined Charlton earlier this week from Everton, headed Darren Ambrose's long ball over Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech for the tying goal.

Chelsea leads the league with 62 points, 14 more than second-place Manchester United, which beat third-place Liverpool 1-0 on Rio Ferdinand's last-minute header. Liverpool has 44 points.

"The rivalry between the two teams is massive, so it's always nice to play them and even nicer to win," United midfielder Ryan Giggs said.

Charlton is the last club to beat Chelsea in English competition. The London team eliminated the Blues from the League Cup in October on penalty kicks.

Italian league
ROME -- Italian league leader Juventus rallied to beat Empoli 2-1 behind two goals from Fabio Cannavaro, the captain of Italy's World Cup team.

Juventus, which has won 11 straight at home, leads the league with 56 points, eight more than second-place Inter Milan.

Inter, which downed Palermo 3-0 Saturday, has two more points than rival AC Milan, which beat Siena 3-0. Brazil midfielder Kaka scored two goals and Andriy Shevchenko added the other for Milan.

Juventus trailed after Sergio Almiron scored for Empoli in the second minute with a free kick.

Cannavaro scored the tying goal with a diving header in the 17th and added the winning goal in the 77th with another header off a corner kick.

"At this time of the season one must struggle against every opponent," Juventus coach Fabio Capello said. "But this is also the case for Inter and Milan."

Dutch league
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Feyenoord tied Roda JC 0-0, missing a chance to take over second place in the Dutch league.

A goal by Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt was disallowed minutes into the second half. Feyenoord had to settle for a point and shares second place with AZ Alkmaar.

AZ tied 1-1 with FC Groningen on Saturday, and leader PSV Eindhoven beat visiting RKC Waalwijk 2-0 on Friday.PSV has 48 points, three more than its rivals.

Ajax moved up to fourth place Sunday with a 3-2 win at FC Twente. Hedwiges Maduro, Urby Emanuelson and Markus Rosenberg scored for Ajax.

Spanish Primera Liga
MADRID, Spain -- Barcelona won its 18th straight game in all competitions, and increased its lead in the Spanish league to 10 points after beating last-place Alaves 2-0.

Henrik Larsson and scored the first goal and teenager Lionel Messi added the second in the second half. Larsson played in the place of top scorer Samuel Eto'o, who is at the African Cup of Nations with Cameroon.

Earlier, Valencia moved into second place after David Villa scored twice in a 2-0 win over Real Betis.

Villa scored in the 35th minute and again in 78th with a shot from inside the area.

Osasuna dropped to third place after losing at Villarreal 2-1, the Basque team's second straight defeat. Juan Roman Riquelme scored two penalty kicks after teenager Raul Garcia gave Osasuna the lead in the 28th.

Valencia and Osasuna have 39 points, 10 fewer than Barcelona.




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