Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea: Blues keep gliding to title

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Marcos Alonso‘s second-half free kick was a fitting cherry atop the sundae as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The win restores Chelsea’s 7-point lead over Tottenham Hotspur, which also won Saturday.

Bournemouth remains on 36 points after the entertaining affair, and has an eight-point advantage on 18th place Swansea City.

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Chelsea started well, and got its goal when Diego Costa‘s turn and wild rip took a turn off Adam Smith to beat Artur Boruc. 1-0, 16′

It was 2-0 within minutes, as Eden Hazard danced onto an N'Golo Kante ball and nearly dizzied himself cutting behind Boruc to finish from an acute angle.

Benik Afobe flew into the 18 to strike a Charlie Daniels cross just off, booming off the inside of the post.

Harry Arter took a yellow card for chopping down Costa at midfield in the 38th minute.

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Bournemouth truly looked back in the match as the second half progressed, and Ryan Fraser came close to tying it up with a low but wide shot.

But Alonso stepped into a free kick, hitting a shot over the wall that swooned into the goal to make it 3-1 with just over 20 minutes to play.