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Walters gifts put Chelsea third after Spurs falter

Published on Jan 13, 2013 6:11 AM
 
Stoke City's Jonathan Walters (C) reacts after missing a penalty against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, northern England, Jan, 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Jon Walters scored an unfortunate brace of headed own goals and missed a late penalty as Chelsea won 4-0 at Stoke City to reclaim third place in the Premier League on Saturday.

Frank Lampard also got on the score-sheet to become Chelsea's second-highest all-time goal-scorer, as Rafael Benitez's side bounced back from their 2-0 loss to Swansea City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.

Chelsea made the breakthrough in first-half injury time at the Britannia Stadium when Walters inadvertently put Cesar Azpilicueta's cross past his own goalkeeper with a bullet header.

Improbably, Walters then diverted a Juan Mata corner into his own goal to make it 2-0 in the 62nd minute and three minutes later Lampard blasted home his 194th Chelsea goal from the penalty spot after Mata went down in the Stoke box.

 
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