Chelsea continued their march to the Premier League title by restoring their seven-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Tottenham beat Watford 4-0 earlier in the day to put pressure on the leaders, but Chelsea responded in the late kick-off by scoring twice in three first-half minutes to set up their third successive away league victory.
Adam Smith was unfortunate to deflect Diego Costa’s shot into his own net after 17 minutes and Chelsea capitalised on that slice of luck with a quickfire second strike.
N’Golo Kante sent Eden Hazard through with a superb crossfield pass and the Belgian winger raced clear to score his 14th Premier League goal of the season.
Chelsea seemed to be cruising, but shortly before half-time the in-form forward Joshua King grabbed one back with a deflected drive, and the leaders endured nervous moments before a brilliant Marcos Alonso free-kick settled the match.
Defeat leaves Eddie Howe’s men 15th in the Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone, while Antonio Conte’s men are closing in on the title in the Italian’s first season in charge.
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