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Sport Chelsea moves closer to title, relegates Middlesbrough

00:35  09 may  2017
00:35  09 may  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic were all on target as Chelsea moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a 3-0 home win over Middlesbrough , who are relegated as a result.

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  Chelsea moves closer to title, relegates Middlesbrough © Provided by Goal.com Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic were all on target as Chelsea moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a 3-0 home win over Middlesbrough, who are relegated as a result.

Chelsea will be crowned champions if they are able to win at West Brom on Friday, while Boro drop back to the Championship after a single season's stay in the top flight.

BOX SCORE:  CHELSEA 3. MIDDLESBROUGH 0

Costa gave Chelsea a deserved lead after a dominant opening to the game, finishing off a fine pass from Cesc Fabregas, via a touch off Cesar Azpilicueta.

Within 10 minutes the Chelsea lead was doubled, Alonso stealing in at the back post to steer home his sixth league goal of the season thanks to a deflection from Brad Guzan's thigh.

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Victory at West Brom will see Chelsea crowned Premier League champions after they relegated Middlesbrough with a 3-0 win on Monday. Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic were all on target as Chelsea moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a

Chelsea is a win away from the Premier League title , while Middlesbrough has officially been relegated after a 3-0 result at Stamford Bridge Alonso came close to giving Chelsea a dream start in the second minute, with his screaming volley tipped off the crossbar by Guzan. In the 17th minute

The goalkeeper was nutmegged again by Matic, Fabregas supplying his 10th assist of the campaign for a record sixth different season, as Antonio Conte's men ran riot to register Chelsea's 300th Premier League home win.

A crushing triumph extends the Blues' series of successes against Boro to seven without conceding a single goal, as Steve Agnew's side were unable to cope with the quality of the champions-elect.

Chelsea almost took the lead in the second minute when a lovely lofted Fabregas pass picked out Alonso, but Guzan got enough on the wing-back's volley to deflect the ball on to the crossbar.

Fabregas - selected in place of injured Player of the Year winner N'Golo Kante - had Chelsea's next chance when Eden Hazard picked him out with a low cutback, but the Spaniard's placed strike fizzed wide of Guzan's right-hand post.

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Chelsea are one victory away from claiming their fifth Premier League title after recording a victory over Middlesbrough that relegates Steve Agnew's team. Chelsea continued to control the contest after the interval and Nemanja Matic sealed the win with a powerful shot 25 minutes from time.

Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough : five things we learned at Stamford Bridge | Dominic Fifield. Read more. The rest of the night for Middlesbrough was an exercise in damage limitation but it would be harsh to say they demonstrated why they had won only once in their previous 18 league games since

Costa felt he should have had a penalty after 20 minutes when George Friend brought him down, with Hazard's cross only needing a touch, but the striker would not be denied moments later.

Fabregas was given too much space to find Costa in the box and, following a touch from Azpilicueta, the Spain international centre-forward rolled a calm finish between Guzan's legs for his 20th league goal of the season.

Boro could not hold the champions-elect at bay and the second goal duly arrived after 34 minutes. This time it was Azpilicueta who was left in the same pocket of space outside the area, with Alonso timing his run perfectly and exploiting slack Boro marking to finish through Guzan's legs.

The interval failed to stem the flow of chances, with Conte's men hitting the woodwork again immediately after the restart, Pedro firing a strike that clipped the crossbar.

Fabregas picked up his landmark assist after 64 minutes following patient approach play, flicking the ball up to Matic's chest, the midfielder controlling before firing home with Guzan beaten between his legs for the third time on the night.

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Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 3-0 as Costa, Alonso and Matic all scored to make Chelsea 1 win away from winning the Premier League title . Chelsea scored mid

Chelsea secured a dominant 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Monday to relegate Steve Agnew's side and move a step closer to the Premier League title . Two first-half goals by Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso sent the Blues on their way and Nemanja Matic scored at Stamford Bridge for the first

Tottenham's loss at West Ham on Friday opened the door to Chelsea and their coronation as champions is now imminent, with Conte even able to give captain John Terry a cameo from the bench - to a rapturous reception - as he nears his departure from the club.

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