Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 : Visitors keep top-four hopes alive

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In a tight affair at Turf Moor, it was Victor Moses who turned up with the winner as Chelsea edged past Burnley to keep their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive.Chelsea - © dailystar2018

Chelsea looked set to drop points again after Ashley Barnes’ lucky equaliser had brought the Clarets level. But Victor Moses had different plans as he netted the winner 21 minutes from time.

Victory at Turf Moor moves Chelsea to within five points of fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur as Burnley’s hopes of Europa League qualification were dented.

Antonio Conte had left star man Eden Hazard and Willian both on the bench for the game. The gamble paid off for Chelsea as Emerson Palmieri was handed his first league start since his January arrival.

Kevin Long’s own goal had given Chelsea the lead as the defender bundled in a Victor Moses centre in after Gary Cahill’s long pass had sent Moses clear of the Burnley back line.

Barnes deflected in Gudmundsson’s shot into the net as Burnley’s five game winning run in the league was brought to an end by a quick Chelsea response.

Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata started together for the first time. Burnley hadn’t expected it and their defence struggled to cope with the presence of two strikers up front.

There was nothing that Nick Pope could do about Chelsea’s opener in the 20th minute as Long deflected Moses’ cross into the net.

Morata missed a gilt-edged chance after the break when he was sent through clear on goal by N’Golo Kante. Kante intercepted a Matt Lowton pass and sent Morata clear.

Burnley luckily found the equaliser in the 64th minute through their first shot on target until then. Gudmundsson cut inside from the right and his shot on goal took a heavy deflection off Barnes and went past Courtois into the net.

Chelsea again took the lead less than five minutes later when Emerson saw his deep cross reach Moses who slotted in past Pope.

Hazard came on in the 70th minute for a brief cameo, replacing Morata. Chelsea held on to their lead as Victor Moses spared Alvaro Morata’s blushes.

Chelsea’s next assignment comes three days later against relegation threatened Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

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