Chelsea’s hopes of finishing fourth in the English Premier League are still alive after The Blues beat Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s men started the weekend six points behind third placed Liverpool and five points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur but that gap has now been reduced to three points and two points respectively.
Liverpool had an early chance to open the scoring but Roberto Firmino’s strike was kept out of the net by Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Marcos Alonso registered Chelsea’s first shot on goal but fired straight at visiting keeper Loris Karius before Courtois parried a Sadio Mane effort to safety at the other end.
Tiemoue Bakayoko then headed a good chance wide before Chelsea took the lead when Victor Moses’ cross was met by the head of Olivier Giroud and the striker expertly diverted the ball into the corner of the net. Cesc Fabregas was close to making it 2-0 but struck a shot wide across goal as the half ended in a one-goal advantage to The Blues.
Eden Hazard forced a save from Karius early in the second half before Conte’s men had a goal disallowed for offside when Antonio Rudiger profited from being beyond the defensive line to bundle the ball into the net.
Alonso had Karius worried with a volley which was unfortunate not to find the back of the net while Dominic Solanke headed wide at the other end. There were to be no further goals with Chelsea winning the match 1-0.