London: Manchester City’s 1-1 draw at home to Hull City allowed Chelsea to open a seven-point lead in the EPL beating Aston Villa 2-1.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates scoring against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday. Pic/AFP

City had kept Chelsea within their sights by holding Jose Mourinho’s side to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but after slipping up against Hull, the champions’ grip on the title is weakening.

James Milner earned City a share of the points with an injury-time free-kick after David Meyler had put Hull ahead in the first half.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard broke the deadlock for Chelsea (8th min), finishing from Willian’s incisive pass. An unmarked Jores Okore headed made it 1-1 (48th min) before Branislav Ivanovic’s powerful left-foot shot made it 2-1.

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