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Five-star Blues maul Rovers, Stoke stuns Spurs

CHELSEA reclaimed top spot in the English Premier League with a crushing 5-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday but Tottenham Hotspur was brought down to earth when Stoke City snatched a late 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

An early own-goal and four strikes in 15 minutes in a rampant second half, including two for Frank Lampard, did the job for Chelsea, which lost its last league game at Aston Villa but now tops the standings again on 24 points.

Manchester United, which was playing Liverpool at Anfield yesterday, is second on 22. Spurs are third on 19 after Glenn Whelan's superb 86th-minute goal secured Stoke its first away win of the season and first at White Hart Lane since 1975.

Arsenal, fourth on 18, was visiting West Ham United yesterday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Burnley's 100 percent home record ended with a 1-3 defeat by Wigan Athletic and Sunderland's good run was halted by a 1-2 loss at Birmingham City.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Molineux while Hull City and Portsmouth produced a dire goalless draw.

Chelsea was in control from the start against Blackburn and its pressure paid off when Gael Givet turned a Nicolas Anelka cross into his own net after 20 minutes.

Paul Robinson made some good saves to keep Chelsea at bay in a one-sided first half but he was helpless to keep out Lampard's shot and should have done better when beaten by Michael Essien's 30-meter effort early in the second.

Didier Drogba was brought down for penalty which Lampard dutifully despatched and Drogba headed in from a corner.


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