Chelsea downs Tottenham, extends Premier League lead

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Chelsea scored four goals in the second half en route to a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

With the win, Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League standings with 66 points.

Samuel Eto’o, who started for Jose Mourinho after Fernando Torres sustained a groin injury during the warm-up, capitalized on a slip from Jan Vertonghen to open scoring in the 56th minute.

The former Barcelona and Inter forward was brought down for a 60th-minute penalty that led to Younes Kaboul being sent off and Eden Hazard converted from the spot in the 60th minute

Demba Ba scored two goals in the 88th and 89th minute as Chelsea damaged Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool and Arsenal, both absent from league action this weekend, are Chelsea’s closest challengers having played a game fewer. Manchester City can regain top spot on goal difference if it wins their three matches in hand.

Liverpool and Arsenal are tied for second with 59 points apiece while Manchester City is nine points behind Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and substitute Danny Welbeck scored as Manchester United defeated West Brom, 3-0.

The victory lifted United above Everton into sixth in the Premier League standings and left West Brom in 17th place.

The defeat ensured Pepe Mel’s wait for a first win as head coach was extended to seven matches.

In other matches, Steven Caulker scored twice as Cardiff City’ claimed a vital 3-1 win over fellow relegation candidates Fulham.

Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal of the match as Southampton defeated Crystal Palace, 1-0, while Norwich City and Stoke City settled for a 1-1 draw.

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