Chelsea gets pay­back, stays well ahead in EPL

The Washington Post Sunday - - HOCKEY -

An­to­nio Conte waited more than four months for re­venge against Arse­nal. With a 3-1 vic­tory at Stam­ford Bridge on Satur­day, the wait was worth it, and Chelsea re­mained nine points clear atop the English Pre­mier League, too.

The con­vinc­ing win more than com­pen­sated for Chelsea’s 3-0 de­feat by Arse­nal on the other side of Lon­don at the Emi­rates in Septem­ber.

On Satur­day, from the mo­ment Mar­cus Alonso scored the opener af­ter 13 min­utes, there was lit­tle doubt which team was go­ing to win. Eden Hazard’s sub­lime sec­ond goal was greeted with rau­cous cel­e­bra­tions, and by the time Cesc Fabre­gas added a third, Arse­nal was well beaten.

For all of Conte’s in­sis­tence that the ti­tle race is far from over, it would take a mon­u­men­tal drop in form by Chelsea for any ri­val to have a se­ri­ous chance. Tot­ten­ham con­sol­i­dated sec­ond place Satur­day with a 1-0 home win over Mid­dles­brough in the evening game, but with fourth-place Liver­pool los­ing, 2-0, at Hull, Chelsea is still sit­ting pretty.

In other ac­tion, Romelu Lukaku scored four goals, in­clud­ing one af­ter just 30 sec­onds, in Ever­ton’s 6-3 rout of Bournemouth; Sun­der­land left for­mer man­ager Sam Al­lardyce stunned by rout­ing Crys­tal Palace, 4-0; and James Mor­ri­son scored again for West Brom in a 1-0 de­feat of Stoke.

SPAIN: Paco Al­cacer, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vi­dal scored to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over vis­it­ing Ath­letic Bil­bao, while Fer­nando Tor­res ended a wait of more than four months for a goal in league play, scor­ing twice to ease Atletico Madrid past Le­ganes, 2-0.

The win moved Barcelona within a point of leader Real Madrid, which has played two fewer matches. Real’s match Sun­day at Celta Vigo was post­poned be­cause of safety con­cerns over fall­ing de­bris from wind dam­age.

GER­MANY: Bun­desli­galead­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Schalke in an­other un­con­vinc­ing dis­play, but Leipzig lost ground in the ti­tle race with a 1-0 loss at Borus­sia Dort­mund.

Leipzig thought it had tied the score in in­jury time, but Ste­fan Il­sanker’s goal was dis­al­lowed be­cause of an off­side penalty.

ITALY: Dries Mertens and Marek Ham­sik each scored hat tricks, and Napoli ex­tended its un­beaten streak to 17 matches across all com­pe­ti­tions with a 7-1 rout at Bologna.

Napoli faces Real Madrid next week in a first leg of the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out phase.

AFRICA: Alain Traore fired in an 89th-minute free kick to give Burk­ina Faso a 1-0 win over Ghana in the third-place match at the African Cup of Na­tions in Gabon.

Egypt, seek­ing a record-ex­tend­ing eighth ti­tle, will play Cameroon in Sun­day’s fi­nal in the Gabonese cap­i­tal of Li­bre­ville.

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