• Cahill's late strike helps Chelsea win 2-1

    AFPMar 19, 2017, 08:35 IST

    Chelsea's Gary Cahill celebrates a goal against Stoke City on Saturday. Pic/AFPChelsea's Gary Cahill celebrates a goal against Stoke City on Saturday. Pic/AFP

    Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom): Gary Cahill kept Chelsea's title charge on track as the defender's 87th-minute winner gave the Premier League leaders a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Stoke on Saturday.

    Willian's cheeky free-kick put Chelsea ahead in the 13th minute but Stoke equalised when Jonathan Walters converted a penalty conceded by Cahill seven minutes before half-time.

    Chelsea looked the more likely winners after the break, as Marcos Alonso's free kick hit the crossbar and goalkeeper Lee Grant superbly denied Pedro.

    Stoke were never out of the game but Cahill fired home to punish a mistake by Erik Pieters, who failed to clear David Luiz's header from a corner. Victory for Chelsea made it 12 games unbeaten in all competitions and they are now 13 points clear of second-placed Tottenham.

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