Chelsea survived a late offside decision to go on to beat West London rivals Fulham 2-1 in the English Premier League at Craven Cottage.
Ryan Sessegnon thought that he had levelled matters for the hosts moments before the end but he was deemed marginally offside as The Blues held on for the three points.
Chelsea started the match the stronger of the two sides and took the lead with the first real shot on target when striker Gonzalo Higuain swept home a Cesar Azpilicueta cross.
Aleksandar Mitrovic then forced a stunning full-stretch save from returning Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga before The Whites equalised when Calum Chambers netted from close range after being given acres of space following a corner kick.
Fulham were level for just four minutes before Jorginho whipped a wonderful long range effort into the corner of the net from distance.
Eden Hazard and Higuain went close to adding to The Blues’ lead but Chelsea had to be content with the one-goal advantage going into the break.
Maurizio Sarri’s men were far superior at the start of the second half and both Hazard and Willian (twice) tested home keeper Sergio Rico.
Tom Cairney and Joe Bryan tried their luck from distance without success while Mitrovic could only head an effort straight at Arrizabalaga.
Fulham thought they had the leveller deep in second half injury time when Ryan Sessegnon slotted the ball into the net but the flag went up for offside as Chelsea hung on for what could be a big three points.
The Blues are back in action on Thursday evening when they face Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League at Stamford Bridge.