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Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Samuel Eto'o celebrates after putting Chelsea ahead

Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after sinking Tottenham with four second-half goals.

There was little in the game until Jan Vertonghen's error let Samuel Eto'o in to fire the Blues ahead.

Younes Kaboul was sent off for fouling Eto'o soon afterwards, and Eden Hazard slotted home the resulting penalty.

Jose Mourinho

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Destiny out of our hands - Mourinho

Demba Ba made it 3-0 late on following a slip by Sandro, then completed the scoring when he latched on to Kyle Walker's disastrous back-header.

Chelsea's rivals in the title race all have games in hand, but Manchester City will have to win all three of theirs to replace the Blues at the summit.

What could turn out to be a crucial victory for Jose Mourinho's men had an unlikely beginning when Fernando Torres was injured in the warm-up.

Eto'o came into the team instead but he also needed lengthy treatment after just 30 seconds when he was sent tumbling by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

The offside flag was already up, but TV replays showed the Cameroon striker was onside when he ran on to Hazard's pass.

It did not take long for Chelsea to tear through Tottenham again, but Hazard skewed his shot wide from a tight angle after rounding Lloris and it was a long time before his side next threatened.

Spurs were focused on their defensive duties but they did manage the only shot on target of the first half when Sandro tested Petr Cech with a fizzing first-time drive.

At the start of the second half, Chelsea looked short of ideas but a disjointed display from the league leaders was completely turned on its head after 56 minutes when Vertonghen slipped and inadvertently played in Eto'o as he tried to recover.

The Cameroon striker, who turns 33 on Monday, mocked his manager's recent jibes about his age with his celebrations by the corner flag.

Things quickly got worse for Spurs when referee Michael Oliver ruled that Kaboul had shoved over Eto'o in the box as the pair raced to meet Hazard's cross.

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood

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Spurs capitulation frustrates Sherwood

The decision looked harsh on the Spurs defender, whose misery was compounded when Oliver showed him a red card to go with the penalty, which Hazard coolly converted.

There was no way back for Tottenham's 10 men from there. Hazard and Oscar both wasted good chances to extend the home side's lead before further gifts gave substitute Ba his late brace.

First, Sandro stumbled as he tried to clear Oscar's cross from the right, allowing Ba in to beat Lloris.

Then, Walker inexplicably tried to head a Lloris clearance back to his keeper, instead setting up Ba to complete the rout.

The defeat leaves Tottenham still four points adrift of the top four, but they have played more games than the three teams immediately above them and their hopes of a Champions League place now appear remote.

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 86mins
  • 21Matic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 7Ramires
  • 8LampardBooked at 40minsSubstituted forOscarat 45'minutes
  • 29Eto'oSubstituted forBaat 76'minutes
  • 17Hazard
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forWillianat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Oscar
  • 12Mikel
  • 15Salah
  • 19Ba
  • 22Willian
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 33Kalas

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 16NaughtonBooked at 53mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 42BentalebBooked at 9mins
  • 20DawsonSubstituted forFryersat 72'minutes
  • 4KaboulBooked at 59mins
  • 2Walker
  • 30SandroBooked at 54mins
  • 10Adebayor
  • 7Lennon
  • 22SigurdssonSubstituted forPaulinhoat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 17Townsend
  • 21Chadli
  • 24Friedel
  • 35Fryers
  • 37Kane
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
41,598

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Petr Cech (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Demba Ba (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

Booking

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Willian.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces Samuel Eto'o.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ezekiel Fryers replaces Michael Dawson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Andre Schürrle.

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Andre Schürrle is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Schürrle with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Nabil Bentaleb.

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o draws a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2920633466
2Liverpool2818553859
3Arsenal2818552459
4Man City2618354257
5Tottenham291658053
6Man Utd2814681548
7Everton2713951148
8Newcastle2813411-243
9Southampton291199442
10West Ham288713-431
11Aston Villa288713-731
12Stoke2971012-1431
13Hull288614-530
14Swansea287813-429
15Norwich297814-2229
16Crystal Palace288317-1927
17West Brom2841311-1125
18Cardiff296716-2825
19Sunderland266614-1624
20Fulham296320-3621
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