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Chelsea saunter back to summit

Published: Sunday 25 April 2010, 20.00CET
Salomon Kalou's hat-trick helped Chelsea FC to a 7-0 home win against Stoke City FC that enabled them to reclaim the leadership on a day when Burnley FC were relegated.
Chelsea saunter back to summit
Salomon Kalou scored three of Chelsea's seven unanswered goals ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 25 April 2010, 20.00CET

Chelsea saunter back to summit

Salomon Kalou's hat-trick helped Chelsea FC to a 7-0 home win against Stoke City FC that enabled them to reclaim the leadership on a day when Burnley FC were relegated.

Chelsea FC returned to the Premier League summit with a resounding 7-0 victory against Stoke City FC, while Aston Villa FC climbed to fifth courtesy of a 1-0 triumph over city rivals Birmingham City FC.

Titleholders Manchester United FC had taken the ascendancy by beating Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-1 on Saturday lunchtime, but the Blues' one-point cushion has now been restored in emphatic fashion. Carlo Ancelotti's side were dynamic from the off against Stoke, Salomon Kalou bundling in Didier Drogba's cross to give them a deserved lead on 24 minutes.

A second arrived seven minutes later when Kalou prodded in after Thomas Sorensen parried Frank Lampard's shot and the England midfielder got in on the act himself with a penalty a minute before half-time.

Kalou completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes before Lampard scored his 20th league goal of the season with an impudent flick (81). Daniel Sturridge rounded substitute goalkeeper Asmir Begović for his first league goal for the club (87) and Florent Malouda completed the scoring a minute from time. Chelsea had previously scored seven against both Villa and Sunderland AFC this season.

The former of those clubs were also victorious, beating Birmingham thanks to James Milner's 83rd-minute penalty. Villa are now behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC on goal difference having played a game more.

Two points further back are UEFA Europa League semi-finalists Liverpool FC following their 4-0 success over Burnley FC, whose relegation straight back to the Championship is now confirmed. Everton are five points behind Liverpool in eighth having beaten Fulham FC 2-1, Mikel Arteta scoring the decisive goal from the spot in the 94th minute.

Last updated: 25/04/10 23.23CET


English Premier League 2009/10

Last updated: 02/07/2011 05:31 CET



Sturridge 38, T. Cohen 90

Van Persie 48

Venue: Bolton


ChelseaChelsea3-0West HamWest Ham

Lampard 44, Torres 84, Malouda 90+3

Venue: London



S. Fletcher 22

A. Johnson 80

Venue: Wolverhampton



Kuyt 23, Maxi Rodríguez 7, 66, 73, J. Cole 86

Venue: Liverpool


Aston VillaAston Villa1-1StokeStoke

Bent 43

Jones 20

Venue: Birmingham



Gyan 55, Sessegnon 73 (p), Henderson 66, 76

Diame 52, Di Santo 90

Venue: Sunderland


TottenhamTottenham2-2West BromWest Brom

Pavlyuchenko 27, Defoe 66

Odemwingie 5, Cox 81

Venue: London



Campbell 32

Løvenkrands 17

Venue: Blackpool


Man. UnitedMan. United1-0EvertonEverton

Hernández 84

Venue: Manchester


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