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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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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.