London - Eden Hazard fired Premier League leaders Chelsea to
a crucial 2-1 win over Manchester City, but Tottenham are hot on their heels
after a sensational fight back in their 3-1 victory at Swansea on Wednesday.
Chelsea remain seven points clear of second placed Tottenham
with eight games to play, yet with just minutes left on a dramatic evening it
seemed the Blues would have a much greater lead.
Rocked by Saturday's shock 2-1 home defeat against Crystal
Palace, Antonio Conte's Chelsea side took only 10 minutes to take the lead
through Hazard's 12th goal of the season.
Hazard's effort deflected off Vincent Kompany and beat Willy
Caballero, whose weak attempted save drew a frustrated look from City boss Pep
Guardiola as he contemplated the latest in a growing list of gaffes from his
goalkeepers this season.
Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was guilty of an even worse
blunder, spilling David Silva's shot to Sergio Aguero, who tapped in City's
26th minute equaliser.
Conte's team were back in front after 35 minutes when
Fernandinho conceded a penalty with a foul on Pedro.
Hazard's spot-kick was saved by Caballero, but the Belgian
recovered quickly to finish off the rebound.
Kompany, back in the line-up for the first time since
November, hit the crossbar with a second half header, but fourth placed City
crashed to their first defeat in nine games, while Chelsea are still in pole
position for the title.
"Another step, a big step, against a great team,"
"We must think that Tottenham could win all their
games. We are playing a great season but to win the title there is a long way
Guardiola added: "We created enough to score goals.
It's our problem. In the boxes we are not good enough."
At the Liberty Stadium, Tottenham fell behind in the 11th
minute when Wayne Routledge turned in Jordan Ayew's cross for Swansea.
But Tottenham staged an incredible finale as England
midfielder Dele Alli equalised with an 88th minute tap-in.
A minute into stoppage-time, South Korea forward Son
Heung-Min bagged his 16th goal of the season with a clinical finish and there
was still time for Christian Eriksen's strike to put the seal on Tottenham's
fifth successive win.
"It is crazy how the goals came in the last few minutes
but we pushed and we created chances to win. This season we are fighting
again," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said.
Arsenal eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger and climbed back
into the race for Champions League qualification with a 3-0 win over West Ham.
Wenger had endured repeated calls for his resignation from
frustrated fans in recent weeks, but the protests at the Emirates Stadium were
more muted for once as Arsenal ended a three-match winless run with only their
second victory in their last seven league games.
Mesut Ozil broke the deadlock in the 58th minute with a curling effort from the edge of the penalty area.
Theo Walcott bagged Arsenal's second in the 68th minute and
Olivier Giroud's superb strike in the 83rd minute ensured his side moved above
Manchester United into fifth place, four points behind Manchester City with a
game in hand.
"We come out of a difficult period and our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly," Wenger said.
West Ham's fifth successive defeat leaves them just three
points above the relegation zone.
Liverpool were hit by a late sucker punch as Bournemouth
snatched a 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Benik Afobe struck for Bournemouth in the seventh minute,
but Philippe Coutinho bagged Liverpool's equaliser with a typically cool 40th
That made Coutinho the joint highest Brazilian scorer in
Premier League history, alongside former Middlesbrough playmaker Juninho, with
Divock Origi put Liverpool in front in the 59th minute, but
Josh King blasted his eighth goal in eight appearances to rescue Bournemouth in
the 87th minute.
Liverpool's latest slip against lowly opposition leaves
Jurgen Klopp's third placed side six points above fifth place in the race for
the Champions League.
Hull climbed out of the relegation zone with a priceless 4-2
win over relegation rivals Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium.
The Tigers move two points above the bottom three, while
second bottom Middlesbrough are seven points from safety.
Southampton defender Maya Yoshida's first Premier League goal for 14 months inspired a 3-1 win over struggling Crystal Palace at St Mary's.