4. WORLD: Chelsea closes in on Man U

An own goal by Rio Ferdinand proved the decider as English Premier League leader Manchester United's seven-game win streak ended with a 2-1 loss at Portsmouth. Second-place Chelsea took advantage, beating Tottenham Hotspur, 1-0, on a long-range goal from Ricardo Carvalho to move within three points of Manchester United. It was Chelsea's eight straight win without conceding a goal.

SPAIN: The La Liga race tightened up as leader Barcelona fell, 1-0, to Real Zaragoza. Sevilla wasted a chance to take the top spot, playing to a scoreless tie with Racing Santander that leaves it one point behind the Catalans. Third-place Real Madrid moved to within two points of Barcelona thanks to goals by Raul and Robinho in a 2-0 win over Osasuna.

ITALY. Lazio beat Messina, 1-0, in its eighth straight win and solidified its third-place spot, seven points behind second-place Roma, which Catania, 2-0. Runaway leader Inter Milan was shut out for only the second time this season in a 0-0 tie with Reggina. AC Milan, on goals by Ronaldo, Alberto Gilardino and Giuseppe Favalli, beat Empoli, 3-1, to move within a point of fourth place Palermo and the Champions League qualification zone.

GERMANY. The Bundesliga's top four teams all won, which keeps Schalke 04 (56 points) in first place, followed by Werder Bremen (54), VfB Stuttgart (52) and Bayern Munich 50.

FRANCE. With Lyon comfortably in first place, French eyes are on the race for Ligue 1's second direct Champions League qualifying spot, and Toulouse, 2-0 winner over Sedan, moved into a second-place tie with Lens, which fell, 1-0 at Rennes,

NETHERLANDS. With three games left, it's a tight three-horse race. Leader PSV Eindhoven fell, 2-1, to NEC Nijmegen and is only two points ahead of AZ Alkmaar, a 4-1 winner at NAC Breda, and Ajax Amsterdam, which tied 2-2 with lowly RKC Waalwijk. AZ has the edge on Ajax on goal difference.

MEXICO. Pachuca's 3-0 win over Chiapas, three days after defeating Houston in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, became the first team to clinch a Clausura 2007 playoff spot.
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