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The Blues maintained the seven point gap behind them and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after a late winner from Willian was enough to beat Everton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho’s team had attacked throughout the match but as the second half wore on it looked more unlikely that the league leaders would score past Tim Howard in the Everton goal.

Chelsea had Petr Cech, restored to the starting line-up after Thibaut Courtois' error at Aston Villa, to thank after the veteran keeper pulled off a world class reaction save to deny Romel Lukaku.

But the moment Blues fans had been waiting for came just seconds after Gareth Barry was sent off for a second bookable offence after his cynical tackle on Willian.


The Brazilian responded in ironic fashion by firing home a powerful effort low to the left of Howard who was rooted to his goal line