LONDON, Sporting Alert – Chelsea hammered Everton 5-0 to go top of the English Premier League standings on Saturday.
Five Straight Put Them Summit
A rejuvenated Eden Hazard netted a brace, while Pedro, Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso all got on the scoresheet for the Blues, who were winning five straight in the Premier League.
Chelsea took the lead in the 19th minute when Hazard beat Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with a smart low finish at the far post before Alonso added a second for the Blues seconds after the resumption when he fired under the goalkeeper’s legs.
In-form striker Costa added another goal to his tally this season when he scored the third for Antonio Conte’s men.
It was his ninth goal in the league this season and he continues to lead the EPL goal scoring chart.
After the break, Hazard and Pedro added goals in the 56th and 65th minutes to complete the rout as Chelsea moved to the top of the English Premier League table standings with 25 points from 11 games.
Man City Miss Out
Overnight leaders Manchester City missed the chance to go three points clear at the top earlier in the day after Marten de Roon scored a late header to earn Middlesbrough a 1-1 draw with Pep Guardiola’s side.
Sergio Aguero put the Citizens up 1-0 in the 43rd minute when he grabbed his 150th Manchester City goal.
However, De Roon headed home past Claudio Bravo one minute into injury time to earn Boro a vital point at Etihad Stadium.
Wins For Burnley, Sunderland
At Turf Moor, Burnley almost blew a two-goal lead but managed to grab a late winner in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.
With the game tied at 2-2 and looked destine for a draw, Ashley Barnes made sure the home supporters went home joyful when he won the game for his side with a goal four minutes into injury time.
Sam Vokes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson gave Burnley the lead inside the opening 15 minutes, but Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke struck to even up the scores at 2-2 before Barnes won it.
Jermain Defoe scored a 74th-minute penalty to earn Sunderland and David Moyes their first win of the season, following a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.
Bournemouth took the lead through Dan Gosling in the 11th minute, but Victor Anichebe equalised for Sunderland in the 33rd.
In another English Premier League score on Saturday, West Ham and Stoke City finished 1-1.
Premier League Scores
Saturday, Nov. 5
Chelsea 5-0 Everton
Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough
Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland
West Ham 1-1 Stoke