Sunday, 27 April 2008

Football: Ballack keeps his cool to leave Fergie boiling over

LONDON (AFP) — Michael Ballack's cool head caused Sir Alex Ferguson to lose his as Chelsea blew the English Premier League title race wide open.

On a day of high drama at both ends of the table, a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge ensured Chelsea moved level on points with their rivals with two games left for both clubs.

United's vastly superior goal difference means they remain masters of their own destiny but Ballack's second goal of the afternoon, a nerveless spot-kick four minutes from time, ensured the champions' own nerve will be tested over the last two weeks of the campaign.

The Germany captain, who had given Chelsea the lead with a first-half header before Wayne Rooney equalised, claimed afterwards that the thought of missing the penalty had never entered his head.

"In the end you have to score," Ballack said. "For me it is no problem, I can handle the pressure."

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