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PREMIER LEAGUE : Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City – REPORT

Chelsea ground out a 2-1 win over Stoke City to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League despite Charlie Adam’s astonishing goal from inside his own half.

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City - REPORT

The Blues made all of the running in the first-half but didn’t make the breakthrough until Hazard slid the ball in from the penalty spot after Cesc Fabregas was tripped by Philipp Wollscheid in the area.

Stoke barely ventured into Chelsea’s half in the opening 45 minutes but that proved irrelevant when Charlie Adam incredibly lobbed Thibaut Courtois from 59 yards out moments before half-time.

Jose Mourinho brought Diego Costa on at half-time but the gamble did not pay off as the Spanish international went off with a familiar hamstring problem just ten minutes after coming on.

After plenty of excellent build-up play, the Blues’ winner actually came from a terrible Asmir Begovic error as the Bosnian rolled the ball straight to Eden Hazard who drove forward and then squared the ball allowing Loic Remy a tap in to an empty net.

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