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SHOWCASE-Soccer-Chelsea ease past West Ham to restore 10-point lead
March 6, 2017 / 9:59 PM / 9 months ago

SHOWCASE-Soccer-Chelsea ease past West Ham to restore 10-point lead

* Chelsea beat West Ham 2-1 to move 10 points clear

* Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead after 25 minutes

* Diego Costa doubled Chelsea’s lead with a tap-in

* Manuel Lanzini scored late consolation for West Ham

* West Ham at Bournemouth next, Chelsea at Stoke

By Martyn Herman

London -


March 6 (Reuters) - Chelsea brushed aside London rivals West Ham United for a 2-1 win that restored their 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Monday.

Eden Hazard gave them the lead after a swift 25th-minute counter-attack before Diego Costa’s tap-in shortly after the interval put the Blues in control at West Ham’s London Stadium.

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini grabbed a late consolation in injury time, but the result was never in doubt.

Mid-table West Ham, who knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup earlier in the season when crowd trouble marred the evening, offered little threat for most of the game as Chelsea surged on towards the title.

Antonio Conte’s side, who have won 21 of their 27 matches this season, have 66 points to the 56 of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur. (Reporting by Martyn Herman)

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