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Chelsea seize top spot as City stay in touch

Published: Saturday 5 April 2014, 18.15CET
Chelsea FC marched past Stoke City FC 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to take top spot, while Manchester City FC are just two points adrift in third after dispatching Southampton FC 4-1.

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Published: Saturday 5 April 2014, 18.15CET

Chelsea seize top spot as City stay in touch

Chelsea FC marched past Stoke City FC 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to take top spot, while Manchester City FC are just two points adrift in third after dispatching Southampton FC 4-1.

Chelsea FC cruised a 3-0 win at home against Stoke City FC to move a point clear atop the Premier League, after Manchester City FC had dispatched Southampton FC 4-1.

Mohammed Salah's powerful, close-range finish gave the Blues a half-time lead, and on the hour his attacking impetus earned a penalty. Frank Lampard spot-kick was saved, but the midfielder lashed in the rebound to register his 250th goal in club football. Willian curled in a sublime third to put the contest to bed.

City also received a penalty boost when Yaya Touré converted from the spot after just three minutes in their game, and although Rickie Lambert responded with an emphatic spot-kick of his own, David Silva slid in Samir Nasri who grabbed City a half-time lead. Edin Džeko's thumping header forged a two-goal advantage, and Stevan Jovetić tapped in to complete the scoring late on. A knee injury to in-form Jay Rodriguez compounded Southampton's misery.

Meanwhile, Manchester United FC matched their neighbours' four-goal haul in their visit to Newcastle United FC. Juan Mata scored each side of half-time – the first a stunning free-kick – and contributed a stylish backheeled assist for Adnan Januzaj after the predatory Javier Hernández had made it three. Newcastle have conceded 11 times in three matches, without getting on the scoresheet.

In the pick of results elsewhere, Morgan Amalfitano's 16th-minute goal earned West Bromwich Albion FC a crucial win over fellow strugglers Norwich City FC in their fight against relegation. West Brom replace the Canaries in 16th on goal difference – the pair are five points clear of the relegation zone.

Last updated: 05/04/14 23.23CET

Results

English Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 05/04/2014 20:20 CET

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ChelseaChelsea3-0StokeStoke

Salah 32, Lampard 61, Willian 72

Venue: London

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Aston VillaAston Villa1-2FulhamFulham

Holt 70

Richardson 61, Rodallega 86

Venue: Birmingham

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CardiffCardiff0-3Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace

Puncheon 31, 88, Ledley 71

Venue: Cardiff

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HullHull1-0SwanseaSwansea

Boyd 39

Venue: Hull

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NewcastleNewcastle0-4Man. UnitedMan. United

Juan Mata 39, 50, Hernández 64, Januzaj 90+3

Venue: Newcastle

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NorwichNorwich0-1West BromWest Brom

Amalfitano 16

Venue: Norwich

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Man. CityMan. City4-1SouthamptonSouthampton

Y. Touré 3 (P), Nasri 45+1, Džeko 45+4, Jovetić 81

Lambert 37 (P)

Venue: Manchester

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