Chelsea, West Ham United win as Champions League race heats up


LONDON. The battle for Champions League places heated up in the Premier League as both Chelsea and West Ham United won their respective matches. Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 thanks to an own goal and a Jorginho penalty, thus opening up a four-point gap over a team that had been just a point behind them at the start of the game on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported. Ben Godfrey deflected Kai Havertzs flick into his own net on the half hour mark to put Chelsea ahead and Jorginho assured the win with a penalty in the 65th minute after Evertons goalkeeper Jordan Pickford brought down Havertz inside the box. Everton have not won in 26 league visits to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has been unbeaten in his first nine league games in charge, with six wins and three draws since replacing Frank Lampard. West Ham beat Leeds United 2-0 to move into fifth place above Everton later on Monday to end up just two points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. Jesse Lingard put West Ham ahead, following up to score from a rebound after a penalty had been saved. Craig Dawson doubled West Hams lead seven minutes later with a powerful header from a corner. Both sides had chances to score in the rest of the game, with Dawson and Pablo Fornals both hitting the woodwork for the home side, while Patrick Bamford was guilty of a couple of misses for Leeds. The weekends games in England saw Manchester United end Manchester Citys winning run with a 2-0 win while Fulham won at Anfield to extend Liverpools disastrous run of league form. IANS

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