CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Cardiff manager Neil Warnock stood in the center circle, hands on hips, silently staring toward the referee and his assistants after an officiating mistake helped Chelsea to...
Chelsea closed in on the Europa League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Arsenal and Benfica will have to overturn deficits in the second leg of their round-of-16...
Chelsea strengthens grip on 4th place by beating Newcastle
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea went six points clear in the chase for Champions League qualification by sending Newcastle into the English Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.
While Willian's curling strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Newcastle, manager Maurizio Sarri was still unhappy with the labored performance and fragility.
Pedro Rodriguez collected David Luiz's pass before netting to put Chelsea in front in the ninth minute.
Kante gives Chelsea 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante's second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday to strengthen its grip on fourth place in the Premier League.
After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top from David Luiz in the 51st minute, chested it down with his first touch and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with his second.
Hazard stars in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton in EPL
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard set up an early goal and then scored for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Playing in a "false nine" role in Chelsea's attack for the second straight game, Hazard laid on the opener for Pedro Rodriguez with a low center across the six-yard box in the 17th minute.
Morata is back in form and enjoying life at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.
Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.
Europa League wins for Chelsea, Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla
Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday.
Two goals from Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder led Sevilla, the most successful team in Europa League history, to a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege while Eintracht Frankfurt opened its campaign by upsetting Marseille 2-1.
Sarri joins elite club after Hazard hat trick for Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's hat trick ensured Chelsea kept its perfect start to the Premier League season with a 4-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday.
Sol Bamba shocked Chelsea with Cardiff's first away goal of the season, but Hazard's treble and a late goal by Willian saw Maurizio Sarri became the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League games. He joined an elite club of Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester).
MOSCOW (AP) — Brazil's quest for World Cup redemption begins Sunday. So does Germany's title defense.
The nations are forever linked by Germany's 7-1 humiliation of host Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. This year's Brazil squad is stacked with talented strikers as usual, while top-ranked Germany is a threat to become the first repeat winner since Brazil went back-to-back in 1958 and 1962.
LONDON (AP) — Roberto Firmino joined up with Brazil's World Cup squad earlier than expected and was rewarded by coach Tite with a place up front alongside Neymar in training on Tuesday.
The Liverpool striker, expected to vie for a spot with Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, lined up with Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar and Chelsea's Willian in an open session at Tottenham's training center.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.
Willian played with the two star strikers for about one hour in the first training with footballs at the Granja Comary ground in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Neymar out injured, Brazil coach Tite has brought in Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose for upcoming friendlies against Russia and Germany.
Other newcomers include Valencia goalkeeper Neto and Besiktas midfielder Talisca.
Tite said Monday that Neymar's absence will help Brazil learn to play without its main striker.
As World Cup looms, Willian claims Chelsea spotlight
LONDON (AP) — Willian isn't used to receiving much acclaim. Even a place in Chelsea's starting lineup isn't certain.
And if any Chelsea player was going to outshine Lionel Messi against Barcelona, surely it was going to be Eden Hazard.
Perhaps that's why Barcelona underestimated Willian on Tuesday night, leaving him unmarked in dangerous spots so often.
Willian shines as Chelsea beats Huddersfield 3-1 in EPL
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Willian scored one goal and set up two others as Chelsea overwhelmed Huddersfield 3-1 in the English Premier League on Tuesday, moving the defending champion level on points with second-place Manchester United.
Huddersfield has beaten Manchester United and run Manchester City close at home this season, but was easily dispatched by the other member of the league's top three as Chelsea rebounded from a loss at West Ham at the weekend.
United, Chelsea rely on strokes of fortune in EPL
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester United and Chelsea needed fortunate goals to maintain their status as the closest challengers to rampant leader Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Ashley Young's long-range shot looped up off a defender and spun into the far corner to earn second-place United a 1-0 win over Brighton, for its eighth consecutive victory at Old Trafford.
Chelsea beats Qarabag 4-0, reaches Champions League last 16
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Willian helped to sweep Chelsea into the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare Wednesday, winning a game-changing penalty and also scoring twice in a 4-0 victory over 10-man Qarabag.
The win assured Chelsea of a top-two finish in Group C and left the 2012 European champion at the top with a two-point lead over Roma, which lost 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in the group's other game.
West Ham stuns Spurs, Chelsea ousts Everton in League Cup
LONDON (AP) — West Ham scored three times in 15 minutes to fight back to eliminate Tottenham, while Chelsea ousted Everton to reach the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli sent Tottenham into a halftime lead but Andre Ayew's double leveled the match and Angelo Ogbonna sealed a remarkable 3-2 win to stun the home fans at Wembley Stadium.
Brazil brings in Danilo, Fred, Diego for last qualifiers
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite has brought defender Danilo, midfielders Fred and Diego, and striker Diego Tardelli for the last World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile next month.
Gremio midfielder Arthur has been called up for the first time.
Brazil qualified for the 2018 World Cup in March. It goes to Bolivia on Oct. 5, and faces Chile on Oct. 10.
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Manchester City).
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard had a rare view from the Chelsea bench, and it wasn't comfortable viewing.
Twice Willian scored, but each time Tottenham struck back in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Approaching an hour in with a sharper, slicker Spurs seizing the initiative at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte finally deployed Hazard.
"When you play football you want to play every game," Hazard said, "but he made a great choice."
STOKE, England (AP) — Gary Cahill made amends for conceding a penalty by scoring a late winner as Chelsea beat Stoke 2-1 to move 13 points clear atop the English Premier League on Saturday.
The England center back smashed home from close range following a corner in the 87th minute to seal a fifth straight victory for the likely champions.
Willian's free kick put Chelsea ahead in the 13th, and Jonathan Walters equalized from the penalty spot in the 37th after the striker was nudged by Cahill.
Costa no loss for Chelsea as EPL leader beats Leicester 3-0
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea easily coped without top-scorer Diego Costa, sweeping aside fading champion Leicester 3-0 to go seven points clear in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Marcos Alonso scored twice and Pedro Rodriguez headed in the third as Chelsea put its title bid back on track after a 13-match winning run ended at Tottenham in the previous game.
Chelsea defeats Stoke to claim 13th successive EPL win
LONDON (AP) — Willian scored twice as leader Chelsea overcame Stoke 4-2 to equal an English Premier League record for 13 straight wins in a single season.
Bruno Martins Indi and Peter Crouch struck for Stoke to cancel out goals by Gary Cahill and Willian. But Willian struck for a second time moments after Crouch's 64th-minute equalizer and Diego Costa netted a fourth.