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Football

Blues add injury to insult against sorry Stoke City
AFP
London, January 13, 2013
First Published: 00:08 IST(13/1/2013)
Last Updated: 01:33 IST(13/1/2013)

Jon Walters scored an unfortunate brace of headed own goals and missed a late penalty as Chelsea won 4-0 at Stoke City to reclaim third place in the Premier League on Saturday.

Frank Lampard also got on the score-sheet to become Chelsea's second-highest all-time goal-scorer, as Rafael Benitez's side bounced back from their 2-0 loss to Swansea City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/1/13_01-pg23b.jpg

Chelsea made the breakthrough in first-half injury time at the Britannia Stadium when Walters inadvertently put Cesar Azpilicueta's cross past his own goalkeeper with a bullet header. Improbably, Walters then diverted a Juan Mata into his own goal to make it 2-0 in the 63rd minute and two minutes later Lampard blasted home his 194th Chelsea goal from the penalty spot after Mata went down in the Stoke box.

Stoke had not been beaten at home all season but that record was shattered, with Eden Hazard adding a superb fourth in the 73rd minute with a sweetly struck left-foot shot from 25 yards. Chelsea fans had even more reason to cheer when captain John Terry came on as a substitute following a two-month injury lay-off, while Walters blazed a last-minute penalty over the crossbar to compound his misfortune.


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