Chelsea bounced back from Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United by beating already-relegated Norwich City 1-0 behind closed-doors at Stamford Bridge, to move four points clear of fourth-placed Leicester City in the hunt for automatic Champions League qualification.
Olivier Giroud’s header on the stroke of half-time proved to be the decisive winner for Frank Lampard’s side, who went four points clear in third, with two matches left to play.
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The hosts dominated proceedings in the first-half and had a good opportunity in the 20th minute, when Jorginho’s cross-field pass was cleared by Ben Godfrey into the path of Olivier Giroud, but the Frenchman’s tame-effort was claimed by Tim Krul.
Nine minutes later, the home side had another good sight of goal when César Azpilicueta’s cut-back found Giroud, but the striker miscued his shot and sent the ball wide.
In the 36th minute, The Blues would have gone in front had it not been for the heroics of Krul, who instinctively tipped Christian Pulisic’s well-struck volley onto the crossbar.
The west-London outfit went close from the resulting-corner, which saw Kurt Zouma head the ball inches wide of the far-post.
Chelsea took the lead on the stroke of half-time, when Pulisic’s pin-point delivery found Giroud, who out-muscled Timm Klosse before heading home past Krul.
The Blues started the second-half in the ascendancy and had a good opportunity to double their lead in the 74th minute, when Giroud’s lofted-pass found Pulisic, whose strike on the volley was palmed away by Krul.
Two minutes later, Lampard’s men had another chance when Azpilicueta’s looping-cross found Marcos Alonso, whose header at the back-post was smothered away by Krul, who spread himself.
The result meant that Chelsea moved onto 63 points in third, while already-relegated Norwich remained at the bottom of the table on 21 points.