City remain on course, Chelsea falter

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Updated: May 4, 2014

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Manchester City kept their title hopes alive when they held off a spirited Everton to win by 3-2 at Goodison Park while Chelsea were held by Norwich denting their title aspirations in Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge.

Sergio Aguero and a brace from Edin Dzeko ensured that City moved back to the top of the table on goal difference with 2 games left.

In other action, West Ham ensured itself of a place in the Premier League as the club recorded a third win over Tottenham this season, beating Spurs 2-0 at Upton Park, a first-half brace from Andreas Weimann helped secure three valuable points for Aston Villa in a 3-1 victory over Hull City at Villa Park while a first-half goal from Sebastian Larsson allowed Sunderland to claim a huge 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, allowing the Black Cats to take a big step toward survival.

Cardiff City’s stay in the Premier League lasted just one season as the club suffered a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle to ensure themselves a place in the Championship for next season while Fulham were also officially relegated from the Premier League after losing 4-1 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Rickie Lambert’s stoppage-time goal was the difference in Southampton’s 1-0 win at Swansea City in a match that held little incentive for either side.

On Sunday, Arsenal celebrated a 17th consecutive year in the Champions League with a comfortable 1-0 win over West Brom, Olivier Giroud with the only goal of the game.

Chelsea’s title hopes all but ended when Norwich City held Jose Mourinho’s team to a goalless draw. The blues remain a point behind City and Liverpool with both sides holding a game in hand.