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Football: Chelsea Eto'o hat-trick all but ends Manchester United title hopes

Published on Jan 20, 2014 5:47 AM
 
Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o celebrates after scoring his third goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London, on Jan 19, 2014. An Eto'o hat-trick lifted Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday which all but ended the champions' slim hopes of defending their Premier League title. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - A Samuel Eto'o hat-trick lifted Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday which all but ended the champions' slim hopes of defending their Premier League title.

Tottenham Hotspur secured a fifth successive away league victory and moved up to fifth place after Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice in a 3-1 win at Swansea City.

Two first-half goals and one soon after the restart by Eto'o took Chelsea up to third place with 49 points, two behind leaders Arsenal, and United remained in seventh place, 14 off the summit.

United defender Nemanja Vidic was sent off in stoppage time to complete a miserable day for David Moyes's team.

 
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