Frank Lampard scored his 200th Chelsea goal as his side beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday to snatch third place in the Premier League from faltering London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at home to Fulham had opened the door for Chelsea and they took full advantage by recording a victory that lifted them to within four points of second-place Manchester City.
Lampard broke the deadlock against his former club West Ham in the 19th minute at Stamford Bridge,springing to head Eden Hazard’s dinked cross into the top-right corner. The England midfielder,34,now stands only two goals behind Bobby Tambling in the list of Chelsea’s all-time top goal-scorers.
Hazard added a delightful second goal five minutes into the second half,exchanging passes with Juan Mata on the right and drifting past Winston Reid before drilling a left-foot shot into the bottom-right corner.
Having eliminated Inter Milan from the Europa League on Thursday,Spurs were bidding to tighten their grip on third place in the table and Gareth Bale had an early header cleared off the line by Sascha Riether. However,the hosts lost Michael Dawson to injury at half-time and then saw former striker Dimitar Berbatov claim the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute when he converted Riether’s low right-wing cross.
Messi scores a brace
Madrid: David Villa expressed his delight at returning to top form as he scored and set-up two goals for Lionel Messi as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 to restore their 13-point lead at the top of La Liga. As in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over AC Milan,Messi and Villa were again the key protagonists as Barca looked more like their old selves than the jaded side that lost three times in four games prior to last weekend’s win over Deportivo La Coruna.