Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0, back in third spot

Jan 13, 2013, 08:26 IST | AFP

Chelsea ended Stoke City's unbeaten home record with a 4-0 win thanks to two Jon Walters own goals, a Frank Lampard penalty and a sensational strike from Eden Hazard on Saturday.

Stoke forward Walters headed past his own goalkeeper either side of the break before Lampard fired in a penalty to become Chelsea’s second-highest all-time goal-scorer with 194 goals.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard. PIC/Getty Images

The goal of the game rightly capped off the result as Hazard belted an effort home from 25 yards to give Chelsea interim coach Rafael Benitez a much-needed three points despite enduring more boos from the Blues support.

Chelsea captain John Terry made his return from injury as a second-half substitute but he gave away a late penalty when he brought down Walters in the area. 

However, the Irish international’s horror day was made worse as he fired the spot-kick off the bar and over. Chelsea’s victory took them back into third place, after the previous incumbents of the final podium position, Tottenham Hotspur, were held to a 0-0 draw at QPR.

Tottenham, Everton held
Spurs striker Jermain Defoe came close to opening the scoring in the first half with a 20-yard strike that crashed back off the post, with QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacting brilliantly to save Emmanuel Adebayor’s follow-up. The hosts’ best chances both fell to Shaun Wright-Phillips, but he could not find the target on either occasion. Fifth-placed Everton also wasted a chance to boost their challenge for a top-four finish in the League as Swansea held on for a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park. Everton would have moved within a point of fourth-placed Spurs with a victory, but the visitors delivered a composed display to frustrate them.

Stoke 0-4 Chelsea
QPR 0-0 Tottenham
Everton 0-0 Swansea
Norwich 0-0 Newcastle
Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton
Fulham 1 -1 Wigan
Reading 3-2 West Brom
Sunderland 3-0 West Ham  

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