LONDON: Samuel Eto’o cast off the years and substitute Demba Ba scored twice as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-0 to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Cameroon striker Eto’o, whose age was questioned by Mourinho recently, is 33 on Monday and he stood crooked at the corner flag, as if using it as an old man’s stick, after his goal.
Eden Hazard converted a penaltty on the hour while Ba struck twice in his late cameo after substituting Eto’o.
The victory extended Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League home record to 75 games and took Chelsea seven points clear of Arsenal and Liverpool and nine ahead of Manchester City, the Portuguese’s title favourites.
Cardiff captain Steven Caulker led from the front with two goals as the Welsh club won a crucial encounter against fellow strugglers Fulham 3-1.
The centre-back scored in either half to give the Bluebirds’ battle against relegation a boost while increasing the woes of their bottom-of-the-table opponents.
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer had said in the build-up the match was one they must win and in doing so he registered only his second league victory in nine matches since taking the job in January.
Caulker put them ahead just on half-time when he converted Craig Noone’s deflected cross but early in the second half a Giorgios Karagounis corner was flicked on by John Heitinga for Lewis Holtby to claim his first goal since joining on loan from Spurs in January.
Fulham were level for only eight minutes before Caulker headed Cardiff back in front then goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s saved Jordon Mutch’s header only for the rebound to go in off his own defender Sascha Riether.
Victory lifted Cardiff within a point of safety and West Bromwich, who lost 3-0 at home to Manchester United.
Phil Jones headed United in front 10 minutes before half-time. After the break Wayne Rooney nodded in the second before substitute Danny Welbeck added a late third.
United remain nine points adrift of Manchester City who are fourth but have two matches in hand over their neighbours.
Norwich edged four points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke, who had goalscorer Jon Walters sent off five minutes after scoring the equaliser.
Bradley Johnson’s header from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick put the hosts ahead only for Sebastien Bassong to foul John Guidetti to allow Walters to score from the spot in successive weeks. Walters was sent off later for clattering into Alex Tettey.
Southampton consolidated their position in ninth place as Jay Rodriguez’s breakaway in the 37th minute provided the only goal against Crystal Palace.