Olivier Giroud’s lone goal salvages a win for Chelsea

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Chelsea kept up their Champions League charge as Olivier Giroud’s header gave them a 1-0 win over relegated Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud’s header against an unusually resolute Norwich defence, moments before half-time, ensured Frank Lampard’s side returned to winning ways after their dire defeat at Sheffield United last weekend.

With Manchester United and Leicester, both starting the matchday a point behind the Blues, to play later in the week it was imperative Chelsea picked up three points to guarantee the pair could not leapfrog them – and a dominant display in West London deserved more than the narrow margin of victory.

Christian Pulisic saw a shot on the turn palmed onto the bar by Tim Krul while Giroud missed a number of first-half chances before netting for the third game in a row, while after the break Pulisic and Willian were both denied, but Chelsea saw out victory relatively comfortably to move four points clear, for now at least, in third.

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