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Last Updated: Saturday April 29 2006 14:26 GMT

Premiership: Chelsea take title

Chelsea's Frank Lampard holds the Premier League trophy
Chelsea have claimed the Premiership title for the second year running, after beating Manchester United 3-0.

The Blues needed just one point to win the competition, and the game started well after William Gallas opened scoring with a fourth-minute header.

Joe Cole added a second and Ricard Carvalho fired home a third to claim the points and the trophy.

But there was bad news for England hope Wayne Rooney who was stretchered off 12 minutes from time with a foot problem.

The striker went down heavily, clutching the top of his right foot. If Rooney is injured it could threaten his hopes of playing in the World Cup in Germany in June.


Jubilant fans took to the streets of Chelsea after seeing their team win the title. The Blues join Manchester United and Liverpool in being the only teams to win successive titles in modern-day footie history.

Chelsea's coach Jose Mourinho celebrates his team's victory
Jose Mourinho
After the match manager Jose Mourinho, who threw his medal to fans in the crowd in celebration, said: "It is a fantastic feeling.

"This is my second in England and my fourth consecutive title if you include Porto. One day we'll lose but, for now, we are the best team in the country."

Skipper John Terry added: "To win the league two years on the trot is a special achievement. The crowd have been unbelievable and this is for them."

Other Premiership scores
Birmingham 0 - 0 Newcastle
Liverpool 3 - 1 Aston Villa
Man City 1 - 2 Fulham
Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Everton Villa
Elsewhere in the competition Portsmouth secured their place in the Premiership when they beat Wigan 2-1.

But it was bad news for Birmingham and West Brom have both been relegated.

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