Five-star Chelsea maul Swansea to surge clear

Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:45pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea ran riot at Swansea City, scoring four times before halftime on the way to a 5-0 win that sent Jose Mourinho's side five points clear in the Premier League on Saturday.

Brazil midfielder Oscar and Spain striker Diego Costa scored two apiece inside the opening 36 minutes as Swansea were torn to shreds. Substitute Andre Schuerrle got his name on the scoresheet late in a more even second half.

"It was very good, we hit the post twice and could have got even more," Mourinho, who will be hoping Arsenal can take points off second-placed champions Manchester City on Sunday, told Sky Sports.

Manchester United climbed above Southampton into third spot, 12 points behind Chelsea, with second-half substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson on target in a 2-0 win at second-bottom Queens Park Rangers.

Southampton are away at Newcastle United later on Saturday.

Christian Eriksen struck a late winner to give Tottenham Hotspur a seventh 2-1 league victory of the season, at home to Sunderland, and lift them above Arsenal.

Seventh-placed Liverpool's push for a top-four finish gathered momentum when Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert scored in a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa who have now gone five league games without a goal.

Crystal Palace recovered from 2-0 down to snatch a vital 3-2 win at fellow strugglers Burnley, their second consecutive victory since Alan Pardew took charge taking them up to 12th.   Continued...

Chelsea's Diego Costa (L) takes the ball around Swansea City's Lukasz Fabianski but fails to score during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales January 17, 2015.        REUTERS/Rebecca Naden