Chelsea crushes Stoke for No 3 spot in Premier League
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Chelsea routed Stoke 4-0 Saturday to move into third place in the Premier League, taking advantage of Jonathan Walters’ two own goals and missed penalty kick.
Walters headed the ball into his own net on attempted clearances in the second minute of first-half stoppage time and in the 62nd minute.
Frank Lampard converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute for his 194th Chelsea goal, moving past Kerry Dixon into sole possession of second place on the club scoring list behind Bobby Tambling’s 202. Eden Hazard added a goal from 30 yards in the 73rd as Chelsea became the first Premier League club to win at Brittania Stadium since Sunderland on Feb. 4.
Chelsea (12-4-5) has 41 points and moved past Tottenham (12-6-4), which tied 0-0 at last-place Queens Park Rangers (2-12-8). American midfielder Clint Dempsey entered for Spurs in the 69th.
First-place Manchester United (17-3-1) hosts eighth-place Liverpool (8-6-7) on Sunday, when second-place Manchester City (13-2-6), which trails by seven points, is at sixth-place Arsenal (9-4-7).
Everton and West Bromwich Albion failed to take advantage of Tottenham’s slip-up, though, in the fight for Champions league qualification.
Fifth-place Everton (9-3-10) and American goalkeeper Tim Howard were held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Swansea (7-6-9). Seventh-place West Brom (10-9-3) conceded goals to Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak from the 82nd on in a 3-2 loss s at 19th-place Reading (3-12-7), which moved two points clear of QPR.
Aston Villa (4-11-7) dropped into the bottom three with a 1-0 home loss to Southampton as Rickie Lambert beat American joalkeeper Brad Guzan with a penalty kick in the 34th. Wigan moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a 1-1 draw at Fulham.
Newcastle tied 0-0 at Norwich and Sunderland beat West Ham 3-0 on goals by Sebastian Larsson, Adam Johnson and James McClean.