London, United Kingdom
Branislav Ivanovic scored twice and Fernando Torres nailed another as Chelsea thwarted Aston Villa, 4-2 to nab their sixth win in eight games under skipper Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park.
Chelsea's chance at capturing a spot in the Champions League continues to rise with another victory against Aston Villa. The win catapulted Chelsea (15-8-8., 53 pts) only two-points behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspurs (16-7-7, 55 pts) in the English Premier League standings.
Daniel Sturridge struck in the 9th minute and Ivanovic scored his first tally six minutes into the second half. But Aston Villa responded with two quick goals from James Collins (77') and Eric Lichaj (80') to tie the score at 2-2 with 10 minutes left.
However, Ivanovic stepped up again for Chelsea as he delivered a go-ahead goal in the 83rd minutes, while Torres sealed the victory with his first Premier League goal in sixth months.
Meanwhile, Samba Diakité recorded the game-winning goal in the 66th minute as the Queens Park Rangers kept their bid to avoid relegation alive with a 2-1 victory against Arsenal Saturday at Loftus Road.
Queens Park Rangers (7-7-17, 28 pts) remain in the bottom three of the English Premier League standings but the win gave them a fair shot at staying in the Britain's elite league, breathing down the neck of Blackburn (7-7-16, 28 pts) and Bolton (9-2-19, 29 pts)
Manchester City settled with a 3-3 draw with Sunderland. Mario Balotelli (84') and Aleksandar Kolarov (85') nailed a goal in a span of a minute to force a draw. Sebastian Larsson scored twice for Sunderland.
Everton nipped West Bromwich Albion 2-0; Fulham edged Norwich City 2-1; Wigan City blasted Stoke 2-0; and Bolton Wanderers downed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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