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Chelsea clip United at The Bridge

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata (right) reacts after a goal was disallowed during the English Premier League match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London yesterday.
Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte celebrates at the end of the English Premier League match between against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London yesterday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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LONDON (AP):

Alvaro Morata ended a six-game goal drought by giving Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the English Premier League yesterday on a miserable return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho.

United head into the international break still second but now eight points behind leaders Manchester City, which beat Arsenal 3-1.

United were outplayed by the technically superior Chelsea, which instantly recovered from a debilitating loss at Roma in the Champions League with a spirited performance that took the champions a point behind Mourinho's side in fourth place.

The goal was gifted in the 55th minute by the United defence, but it also owed much to Cesar Azpilicueta's vision and precision.

Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 yards from goal when he met Azpilicueta's pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.

Morata was only signed by Chelsea in the summer because Romelu Lukaku opted to sign for United rather than rejoining the Premier League champions from Everton. But while Lukaku has now gone a seventh game in all competitions without scoring, Morata's goal famine is over.

 

Yesterday's results

 

- Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace

- Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

- Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

- Everton 3-2 Watford