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Chelsea capitalise on Spurs slip to go third

Published: Sunday 17 March 2013, 18.45CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC suffered a surprise 1-0 reverse at home to Fulham FC, allowing Chelsea FC, who dispatched West Ham United FC 2-0, to leapfrog them into third place.

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Published: Sunday 17 March 2013, 18.45CET

Chelsea capitalise on Spurs slip to go third

Tottenham Hotspur FC suffered a surprise 1-0 reverse at home to Fulham FC, allowing Chelsea FC, who dispatched West Ham United FC 2-0, to leapfrog them into third place.

Chelsea FC defeated West Ham United FC 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur FC – who slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against London rivals Fulham FC – into third place in the Premier League.

The Blues, who enjoyed UEFA Europa League success in midweek, were rewarded for their early possession when Frank Lampard headed in Eden Hazard's pinpoint cross after 19 minutes to notch his 200th strike for the club. A relentless siege on the visitors' goal almost conjured a second ahead of the break, before Hazard lifted any lingering tension after the restart by taking receipt of Juan Mata's pass and finishing unerringly past Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Victory tasted even sweeter given that Tottenham had suffered a second straight Premier League defeat earlier in the day. Dimitar Berbatov came back to haunt his old club by turning in Sascha Riether's centre after 52 minutes to leave Spurs four points above fifth-placed Arsenal FC, who have a game in hand.

Elsewhere, third-from-bottom Wigan Athletic FC boosted their survival odds thanks to Arouna Koné's last-minute winner in a 2-1 home success against Newcastle United FC. Davide Santon cancelled out Jean Beausejour's 18th-minute opener to bring the visitors level, but Koné rifled in from close range as the seconds ticked down. As for Sunderland AFC, they could only draw 1-1 with Norwich City FC despite the dismissal of Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn after half an hour.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.22CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 26/06/2013 16:50 CET

17/03/2013

ChelseaChelsea2-0West HamWest Ham

Lampard 19, Hazard 50

Venue: London

17/03/2013

WiganWigan2-1NewcastleNewcastle

Beausejour 18, Koné 90

Santon 72

Venue: Wigan

17/03/2013

TottenhamTottenham0-1FulhamFulham

Berbatov 52

Venue: London

17/03/2013

SunderlandSunderland1-1NorwichNorwich

Gardner 40 (P)

Hoolahan 26

Venue: Sunderland

16/03/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United1-0ReadingReading

Rooney 21

Venue: Manchester

16/03/2013

SouthamptonSouthampton3-1LiverpoolLiverpool

Schneiderlin 6, Lambert 33, Rodriguez 80

Coutinho 45+1

Venue: Southampton

16/03/2013

StokeStoke0-0West BromWest Brom

Venue: Stoke

16/03/2013

Aston VillaAston Villa3-2QPRQPR

Agbonlahor 45+3, Weimann 59, Benteke 81

Jenas 23, Townsend 73

Venue: Birmingham

16/03/2013

SwanseaSwansea0-2ArsenalArsenal

Monreal 74, Gervinho 90+1

Venue: Swansea

16/03/2013

EvertonEverton2-0Man. CityMan. City

Osman 32, Jelavić 90+3

Venue: Liverpool

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