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Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur

By Chris BevanBBC Sport
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.

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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.

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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
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 8LampardBooked at 40minsSubstituted forOscarat 45'minutes
  • 29Eto'oSubstituted forBaat 76'minutes
  • 17E Hazard
  • 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
  • 30Guimarães CordeiroBooked at 54mins
  • 10Adebayor
  • 7Lennon
  • 22G SigurdssonSubstituted 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Booking

    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea29206356223466
2Liverpool28185573353859
3Arsenal28185552282459
4Man City26183569274257
5Tottenham2916583737053
6Man Utd28146846311548
7Everton27139538271148
8Newcastle28134113739-243
9Southampton2911993935442
10West Ham2887133135-431
11Aston Villa2887133138-731
12Stoke29710122943-1431
13Hull2886143035-530
14Swansea2878133741-429
15Norwich2978142244-2229
16Crystal Palace2883171938-1927
17West Brom28413113142-1125
18Cardiff2967162250-2825
19Sunderland2666142642-1624
20Fulham2963202965-3621
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