Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 26.
London 2 Provinces 0. A good weekend for the capital’s Tottenham and Chelsea.
Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to steamrollers Stoke and go second in the Premier League.
His first was a well-taken finish into the bottom corner, then a left foot half volley and he would not have cared that the fortuitous third came from a massive deflection.
Dele Alli, sent off for a horror tackle in the midweek Europa League defeat to Gent, partially redeemed himself by adding a fourth.
Chelsea notched another victory after disposing of a battling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
Cesc Fabregas, marking his 300th Premier League appearance, could have scored four.
After prodding home the opener, the Spanish midfielder had a goal-bound shot deflected behind, was denied by former Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski and also hit the bar.
But this was no walkover.
Swansea equalised from their first serious attempt on target on the stroke of half-time – Fernando Llorente heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.
However, Pedro’s curler went under the poor dive of Fabianski, restoring the lead, and Diego Costa netted the third from close range.
It was a weekend when many of the top sides did not feature because of the EFL Cup final at Wembley.
No Manchester derby and Arsenal’s game at Southampton also cancelled.
But what a thrilling final it proved to be, with United squeezing home 3-2.
Will that spur on the Red Devils in the league? It just might.
With Chelsea looking like taking the crown, the three other Champions League places will be fought out by Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
It is going to be a fight to the finish.
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