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BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 to cement top-four position



Jorginho’s seventh goal from the penalty spot this season sealed a vital win for Chelsea in the battle for a top-four finish.

It took the Blues four points clear of fifth-placed Everton and means they remain unbeaten in their 11 matches under Thomas Tuchel.

Kai Havertz was involved in both goals at Stamford Bridge, where the hosts led at half-time courtesy an own goal by Ben Godfrey.

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It came after Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marcos Alonso combined on the left flank just after the half-hour mark.

Havertz’s attempt to steer Alonso’s cross into the far corner of the net struck defender Godfrey, leaving keeper Jordan Pickford wrong-footed.

Pickford produced a fine save to prevent Chelsea doubling their lead when he denied Alonso at point-blank range.

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But the England goalkeeper later pulled down Havertz, with Jorginho tucking away the resulting spot-kick.

Havertz and Alonso were among five players recalled to the starting line-up by boss Tuchel, who dropped Mason Mount to the bench.

Mateo Kovacic, Kurt Zouma and Reece James were also brought into the side.

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The changes were made to give Chelsea fresh legs – and had the desired effect.

Tuchel’s team dominated the game and would have won by a greater margin but for Pickford producing second-half saves to deny Alonso, Timo Werner – twice – and substitutes Mount and N’Golo Kante.

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Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kovacic (Kante 80), Alonso, Hudson-Odoi (Mount 66), Havertz, Werner (Pulisic 90).
Subs not used: Kepa, Rudiger, Silva, Giroud, Chilwell, Ziyech.


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