Soccer: Lampard goal lifts Chelsea to third spot

Lampard broke the deadlock against his former club West Ham in the 19th minute at Stamford Bridge. Photo / AP
Lampard broke the deadlock against his former club West Ham in the 19th minute at Stamford Bridge. Photo / AP

Frank Lampard scored his 200th Chelsea goal as his side beat West Ham United 2-0 yesterday to snatch third place in the English Premier League from faltering London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham's 0-1 loss at home to Fulham had opened the door for Chelsea and they took advantage by recording a win that lifted them to within four points of Manchester City.

Lampard broke the deadlock against his former club West Ham in the 19th minute at Stamford Bridge, springing to head Eden Hazard's dinked cross into the top-right corner.

The midfielder, 34, now stands only two goals behind Bobby Tambling in the list of Chelsea's all-time goal-scorers.

Hazard added a delightful second goal five minutes into the second half.

Fulham dealt Spurs' challenge for a Champions League place another setback by condemning Andre Villas-Boas' side to consecutive Premier League defeats.

The hosts lost Michael Dawson to injury at halftime and then saw former striker Dimitar Berbatov claim the game's only goal in the 52nd minute when he converted Sascha Riether's low cross.

Arouna Kone struck in the final minute to give Wigan a 2-1 win at home to Newcastle United that injected fresh momentum into their annual quest to escape releg-ation.

Relegation-threatened Sunderland failed to capitalise on the dismissal of Norwich City goalkeeper Mark Bunn as they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.

-AFP

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