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Giroud strengthens Chelsea's hold on third position

14 Jul 2020
Olivier Giroud, Chelsea

Frenchman's first-half strike earns 1-0 win over Norwich that puts Blues four points clear of fourth-placed Leicester

Olivier Giroud's first-half goal secured a 1-0 victory against Norwich City and put Chelsea four points clear of fourth-placed Leicester City.

The French forward was denied by Tim Krul before the Norwich goalkeeper tipped Christian Pulisic's ferocious strike over via the crossbar, as the visitors defended resolutely.

But in first-half stoppage time Giroud shook off his marker, Timm Klose, and sent a powerful header beyond Krul from Pulisic's cross.

After the break, Krul saved from Marcos Alonso and Willian as Chelsea were denied a second goal.

With 63 points, the Blues are in third position and four ahead of nearest rivals Leicester and Manchester United, who are in fifth.

Relegated Norwich remain bottom on 21 points.

See: Chelsea report | Norwich report

Race for top four

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
3 MUN 38 +30 66
4 CHE 38 +15 66
5 LEI 38 +26 62
6 TOT 38 +14 59
7 WOL 38 +11 59
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Next fixtures

Chelsea: 22 Jul v Liverpool (A)
Norwich: 18 Jul v Burnley (H)

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