Chelsea snatch late victory, Arsenal and City win

Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:58pm EST
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - John Terry grabbed a stoppage-time winner as leaders Chelsea showed their Premier League title mettle by snatching a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday having looked set to suffer another damaging blow.

The Chelsea captain strained every sinew to get a faint touch to a Frank Lampard free kick in the 93rd minute and keep his team a point clear of Arsenal, who thrashed Sunderland 4-1, and three ahead of Manchester City who beat Stoke City 1-0.

Olivier Giroud netted twice for Arsenal while Yaya Toure was the match-winner for Manchester City who have a game in hand on their two rivals.

Champions Manchester United, in sixth spot, are no longer challenging for the title but manager David Moyes celebrated wildly as Robin van Persie's penalty and a goal from Wayne Rooney secured a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

After drawing their last league match against West Bromwich Albion and suffering a chastening FA Cup defeat to rivals Manchester City, Jose Mourinho's side were looking for a morale-boosting return to form.

Yet they looked sluggish for most of the match and after finally sparking into life they came up against a stubborn Everton rearguard that only crumbled deep into added time.

"The feeling when you lose points in the last minute, like we did at West Brom, is obviously a bad feeling. When you win in the last minute it's the opposite so this is basically compensation for the points we lost at West Brom," Chelsea boss Mourinho told reporters.

It came as a surprise to see Everton make all the running in the first half but Chelsea changed things up at the break, summoning the energetic Ramires from the bench to replace an injured Oscar.   Continued...

Chelsea's John Terry (R) reacts as Everton's Tim Howard (L) scores an own goal during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville