Chelsea, Man City savage opponents

Chelsea cemented top spot in the Premier League on Saturday with an attacking masterclass, romping to a 4-1 win over Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

  • Published: 7/10/2012 at 12:01 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Manchester City defeated Sunderland 3-0 in the early Premier League match.

Grant Holt gave struggling Norwich an early lead against the run of play after 11 minutes, but Fernando Torres levelled three minutes later, before Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard scored delightful goals to put the Blues comfortably ahead after half an hour.

In the second half it might easily have been a rout as Oscar, Juan Mata and Hazard took centre-stage, but in the end Chelsea managed only one more, a sumptuous volley from Branislav Ivanovic 76 minutes in.

The Blues will finish the weekend four points clear at the top of the table, while Norwich remain stranded near the foot of the league.

In other matches, Everton snatched a 2-2 draw with Wigan thanks to a late penalty, Reading and Swansea also played to a 2-2 draw, and West Brom defeated Queen's Park Rangaers 3-2.

Aleksandr Kolarov’s vicious free kick got the defending champions Manchester City off to the perfect start five minutes in, and though they spurned a raft of chances, substitute Sergio Aguero did eventually double the lead on the hour.

It could easily have been a landslide win for the home side, who made it 30 victories in their last 33 home games in the Premier League with the result, but in the end they managed only one more, with Milner’s 89th minute free kick going straight through Mignolet.

City move up provisionally to second after the win, and extend their unbeaten start to the season to seven games with perhaps their most convincing display of the season so far.

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