Shevchenko finally breaks through as Chelsea wins

Oct 21, 2006 - 7:45 PM LONDON (Ticker) - Andriy Shevchenko finally ended his goal drought as Chelsea moved back to the top of the Barclays Premiership with a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth on Saturday.

The Blues were frustrated by high-flying Pompey in the first half. But the game at Stamford Bridge changed with two goals in the space of two minutes from Shevchenko and Michael Ballack.

Shevchenko's first goal in 10 matches, albeit via a deflection off Sol Campbell, broke the deadlock after 56 minutes before Ballack headed in a second moments later.

Benjani Mwaruwari pulled one back for Pompey. But the day belonged to Shevchenko, who also had a goal disallowed and forced a great save from David James.

Hapless Manchester City was booed off by its own fans after collapsing to a miserable 4-0 defeat at Wigan.

City never recovered after going two goals down inside the opening four minutes, with Richard Dunne scoring an own goal after Emile Heskey had put Wigan ahead. Its misery was completed in three second-half minutes as Henri Camara and Antonio Valencia doubled the advantage to leave City still boasting just a single road win in 2006.

Everton inflicted all the damage in the first half as it claimed a comfortable 2-0 triumph over 10-man Sheffield United at Goodison Park.

Mikel Arteta gave the Toffees the lead in the 13th minute when he powered a header into the bottom corner after linking well with Phil Neville. James Beattie grabbed the second from the penalty spot on 33 minutes after Claude Davis was sent off for bringing down Andrew Johnson.

The clash between Charlton and Watford at The Valley, the battle of the bottom two, ended goalless. Tension was at a high but both sides had their chances with Watford striker Darius Henderson probably missing the best of them when he shot over the crossbar in the second half.

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