Chelsea picked up a crucial 3 points in the race for the title as they defeated Everton thanks to a terrific second half display.
The games first chance fell to Everton with young Dominic Calvert-Lewin breaking into the box and having his near-post shot saved on the post by Thibaut Courtois, only for Romelu Lukaku to not adjust his feet in time for the rebound.
Chelsea’s have produced deadly counter attacks all season and Hazard almost finished off another one when Costa played him through, but the tight angle meant he could only hit the side netting after rounding the keeper.
Everton failed to test Courtois all afternoon as Lukaku dragged his shot wide after good strength and shielding play against Chelsea defender David Luiz.
The best chance of the first half fell to Diego Costa who, after a quick free kick was taken by David Luiz in Chelsea’s own half, Costa got behind Phil Jagielka only to heavily control and sky over a volley from close range inside the box.
Chelsea looked more and more threatening in the second half with their first chance coming after a set piece routine practiced on the training ground almost paid off, but Victor Moses dragged his shot just wide.
Costa then nearly got in on a back pass that Jagielka intended to go to the Everton keeper, a big scare for The Toffees.
Just when someone needed to step up for Chelsea, Pedro managed to cut back onto his left foot, create space for a shot and drilled the ball into the top corner to give Chelsea the lead.
The goal managed to change the complexion of the game, with Chelsea gaining more and more confidence on the attack whilst Everton were dropping deeper and looking timid.
Lukaku’s free kick from close range was blazed over the bar and 2 minutes later Chelsea doubled there lead after Eden Hazard’s low drilled free kick meant Cahill could tap in from the scramble in the Everton box.
The 87th minute saw Chelsea wrap up the game with both substitutes combining fantastically as Cesc Fabregas cut back the ball from the byline into the path of Willian who tapped into a fairly empty net.
This could well be the day Chelsea look back on and say this is where the title was won, with Tottenham needing to beat Arsenal to have any hope of pushing for the title.
Man of the Match: Pedro – Created a moment of magic when Chelsea most needed it and worked very hard.