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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crespo Leads Chelsea to Victory

APChelsea's Hernan Crespo, right, and Eidur Gudjohnsen reacting after Crespo missed an easy opportunity against Middlesbrough.
LONDON -- Argentina's Hernan Crespo headed an 88th-minute winner to give Chelsea a 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough, while Juan Pablo Angel equalized in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Colombian Angel, however, had a penalty saved four minutes from time by Bolton's Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Chelsea, determined to make amends for its midweek home defeat by Besiktas of Turkey in the Champions League, stayed third in the standings.

The London club is one point behind leader Arsenal and level with Manchester United. Arsenal and Man United both won on Saturday.

Villa and Bolton are 13th and 15th respectively, both with eight points from eight games and 12 adrift of Arsenal.

Crespo scored his third goal in five games for Chelsea in English and European competition, rising to nod home from a tight angle after Damien Duff's cross to the far post.

The Argentine made up for a bad miss 11 minutes earlier when he robbed Boro captain Colin Cooper but shot straight at Mark Schwarzer, hitting the advancing keeper squarely in the face.

Man-of-the-match Duff also set up Chelsea's opening goal in the 17th minute for Iceland's Eidur Gudjohnsen, who fired a low shot inside Schwarzer's right-hand post from the Ireland international's defense-splitting pass.

Chelsea had other first-half chances when central defender John Terry headed Frank Lampard's free kick against the bar and Schwarzer had to dive sharply to his left to turn away Jesper Gronkjaer's shot.

Middlesbrough equalized through Szilard Nemeth virtually from the restart when the Slovakian forward took a ball from midfielder Gaizka Mendieta after a stumble by Chelsea defender Robert Huth.

Much-improved Boro was unlucky to lose and conceded its first goals in four matches. It had the better of the second half and was denied on several occasions by the goalkeeping of Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini.

"I still can't believe it. It just shows you this is a cruel game," Boro manager Steve McClaren said. "We had a fantastic performance by the players. We deserved something for it."

At Villa Park, Bolton took the lead 53 seconds into the second half when midfielder Kevin Nolan shot inside the far post from a headed pass by Kevin Davies, beating Dutch substitute keeper Stefan Postma, who had yet to touch the ball after replacing injured Thomas Sorensen at the interval.

Angel equalized with his fourth league goal of the season when he shot from the edge of the box into the top right corner after the ball was laid off by midfielder Lee Hendrie.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce said he was pleased that his side had scored its first away goal of the season.

"[Finishing] has been one of our problems all season that we have to try and rectify, but I'm very pleased that we have broken that duck. And Kevin, playing further up for us today, stuck it in the back of the net for us and gave us a lot of confidence.

"Both teams, particularly in the second half, had a number of chances to actually win the game, but we both failed to take them," he said.

"That's probably the reason why we are where we are in the table at the moment."

Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel later hit the post with a volley from a corner before the penalty was awarded against Bolton's Spanish defender Ivan Campo for a foul on Angel.

Jaaskelainen dived to his left to push away the Colombian's spot kick.

"We had a chance to take the three points, which we probably wouldn't have deserved," Villa manager David O'Leary said.