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Sunday, January 22, 2006
Chelsea held to draw

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, 17 more than second-place Manchester United. Liverpool is third with 44 points.

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."

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