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Barclays Premier League Reviews

Published:Monday | April 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (left) vies for the ball with Newcastle United’s Mike Williamson during their English Premier League match at St James’ Park yesterday.

CHELSEA 1

MANCHESTER UNITED 0

GOALS:-CHELSEA: HAZARD 38.

Chelsea moved to within two wins of reclaiming the Barclays Premier League title after Eden Hazard's goal gave them a narrow victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Hazard's first-half finish gave JosÈ Mourinho's side three points, and means that victories in forthcoming games at Arsenal and Leicester City will return the title to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2010.

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 WEST

BROMWICH ALBION 2

GOALS:-WBA: MORRISON 2; GARDNER 53.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis made a winning return to Selhurst Park, as Albion beat Crystal Palace to ease their relegation fears. Pulis, who resigned as Palace manager two days before the start of the season, saw his side go ahead after two minutes from James Morrison's free header.

After the hosts threatened a leveller, Craig Gardner scored from 25 yards.

EVERTON 1 BURNLEY 0

GOALS:-EVERTON: MIRALLAS 29.

Kevin Mirallas scored the winner as Everton sent 10-man Burnley to the bottom of the Premier League. Mirallas finished off James McCarthy's cross at the second attempt, after Ross Barkley's 10th-minute penalty had been saved by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. The visitors did not recover once Ashley Barnes had been sent off for his second booking just before half-time.

LEICESTER CITY 2

SWANSEA CITY 0

GOALS:-LEICESTER: ULLOA 15; KING 89.

A revitalised Leicester beat Swansea to secure a third league win in succession and move off the bottom of the table for the first time since November. The Foxes took the lead when Wes Morgan knocked down a long ball forward to allow Leonardo Ulloa to slam in a shot. Andy King eased Leicester nerves when he slotted in after Lukasz Fabianski parried an Esteban Cambiasso free kick.

STOKE CITY 2

SOUTHAMPTON 1

GOALS:-STOKE: DIOUF 47; ADAM 84. SOUTHAMPTON: SCHNEIDERLIN 22.

Southampton's hopes of Champions League qualification were dealt a blow as Stoke came from behind to end a four-match winless run. Morgan Schneiderlin tapped home the visitors' opener, but Stoke pulled level early in the second half as Mame Biram Diouf swept in from 10 yards after Steven Nzonzi's miscued cross rebounded off the bar. Substitute Charlie Adam volleyed in the winner from close range late on.

MANCHESTER CITY 2

WEST HAM UNITED 0

GOALS:-CITY: COLLINS OG 32; AGUERO 86.

Manchester City moved closer to a top-four finish, as they beat West Ham to secure their first win in three Barclays Premier League games. James Collins looped an attempted clearance from a Jesus Navas cross into his own net to give City the lead. Navas set up Sergio Aguero to slot in a second after a slick counter-attack.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3

GOALS:-NEWCASTLE: COLBACK 46. SPURS: CHADLI 30; ERIKSEN 53; KANE 90.

Newcastle equalled their worst-ever run in the Barclays Premier League with a sixth straight defeat in front of an empty St James' Park, with thousands of home fans boycotting the game. Harry Kane scored his 30th goal of the season, as Tottenham increased their chances of reaching next season's Europa League after beating Newcastle. The hosts went behind to Nacer Chadli's 25-yard shot.

Jack Colback scored after the break, but Spurs replied through Christian Eriksen's free kick, before Kane struck late on.

FA CUP SEMI-FINALS

READING 1 ARSENAL 2 (AFTER EXTRA TIME)

GOALS:-READING: McCLEARY 54. ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 39, 106.

Holders Arsenal reached a record 19th FA Cup final after two goals from Alexis Sanchez sealed victory over Reading in extra time. Sanchez gave the Barclays Premier League side a 39th-minute lead from close range, before Garath McCleary volleyed home an equaliser shortly after the break. Reading needed the post and keeper Adam Federici to keep the scores level as the game required an extra 30 minutes to decide the outcome.

ASTON VILLA 2

LIVERPOOL 1

GOALS:-VILLA: BENTEKE 36; DELPH 54. LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 30.

A day after Arsenal booked their FA Cup final place, Aston Villa secured their spot and first FA Cup final since 2000, as skipper Fabian Delph's second-half winner condemned Liverpool to another trophyless season. Liverpool led when Philippe Coutinho drove into the Villa box and clipped beyond goalkeeper Shay Given. But Villa levelled through Christian Benteke's first-time 15-yard finish after Delph's pull-back from the left. And Delph became Villa's hero by drilling past Simon Mignolet to clinch a meeting with Arsenal on May 30.