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Summary

  1. Chelsea seven points clear at top of league
  2. Wollscheid fouls Fabregas for penalty
  3. Incredible long-range leveller from Adam
  4. Substitute Costa limps off after 10 mins
  5. Remy scores winner from close range

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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It is now time for me to bid you farewell. Enjoy yourselves, be good, and we will see you again tomorrow for another action-packed day of Premier League football. Be there.

Anyway, time for all of you to enjoy your Easter.

Don't forget Match of the Day is on at 22:30 BST this evening and you can watch on BBC One and on the BBC Sport website. It should be worth a watch.

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Chris White: Eden Hazard almost single-handedly taking Chelsea to the title. Best player in the league, brilliant.

Naveed Afzal: And that is why Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League. He ran the show, yet again. Has to win Player of the Year. It's not even debatable.

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Tight at the bottom

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A couple of big wins at the bottom of the Premier League table as Leicester beat West Ham and QPR hammered West Brom. That puts the pressure on Sunderland ahead of tomorrow's derby against Newcastle and on Burnley as they visit Tottenham earlier in the day.

Things could be bunching up at the foot of the table.

Cheerio Telford

We have had our

first relegation....

The Conference's bottom club AFC Telford United became the first team in England's top five divisions to be relegated on April 3 after they could only draw 1-1 with Kidderminster.

Dartford will join them on Easter Monday if they lose and Alfreton avoid defeat, or if they draw and Alfreton win.

Euro live

If you fancy more live football why not

click here for our live text on Juventus v Empoli in Serie A. Juventus are 11 points clear of second-placed Roma, who beat Napoli today.

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Your favourite goals from distance

Charlie Adam scored for Stoke from about 65 yards out (see 44 mins). Well inside his own half. What are your favourite goals from distance?

Mike MacKenzie, Edinburgh: Chris Maguire, now of Sheffield Wednesday, for Scotland U21s. Straight from kick-off after conceding v Iceland. Can't be bettered for a response to going behind.

Matt, Bristol: Joe Cole for England v Sweden in the 2006 World Cup. That's probably the best goal I can remember full stop.

James, Macclesfield: Waide Fairhurst for Macclesfield Town at Kidderminster, their 'keeper cleared it to Waide who hit it first time from the half-way line back with interest!

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Player reaction

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Stoke midfielder Charle Adam, speaking to BBC Sport about his wonder goal: "I never knew I had that much power, to beat a quality goalkeeper like that is something special. One that I will always remember. It was one of them that sat up nicely and I saw the goalie off his line. I was lucky enough that it went in. Once in a lifetime this can happen to you, it's great on an individual level - a great way to get my 50th goal in English football - but the team lost and that is the disappointing thing."

Stats of the game

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

- Eden Hazard's penalty goal was Chelsea's 100th in Premier League history. Liverpool (102) are the only other team to reach that milestone.

- Chelsea have now opened the scoring in 24 of their 30 Premier League games this season.

- Charlie Adam became the first Stoke player to score a league goal at Stamford Bridge since Rory Delap (January 2009).

- Chelsea have scored exactly 99 goals in all competitions this season.

BBC coverage

Match of the Day
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Tune in to Match of the Day on BBC One and the BBC Sport website from 22:30 GMT. Charlie Adam's stunning strike for Stoke is surely reason enough.

Manager reaction

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

More from Chelsea boss on BBC Sport: "A performance that deserved three points but the reality is that we played against a very good defensive team who defended well. They put lots of strong bodies in defensive areas and made it difficult. We moved the ball well in the first half and we had fantastic movement and in the second half we had to try other things. It was an unbelievable goal.

"In this moment, it is five victories and a done draw. Every victory and a draw is one step ahead. The others know they have to win every game. For us, we have to think about ourselves and forget about others. We know we have eight matches and we need five victories and a draw."

Manager reaction

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

More from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "The most important thing is the three points. The importance is obvious, we started the game needing six wins and one draw and now we need five wins and one draw. It was difficult and deserved. We controlled the game and had the ball in the first half, tried to penetrate through a well organised defence, we try and try and finally scored a goal with a great combination.

"Nobody expected that the first shot they had they would score, and at 1-1 the game becomes the same game that we started. We deserved to win, it was difficult but this is the normal pressure of the final couple of months in every championship. I wouldn't expect to play beautifully in this moment. The performance during the beginning of the season is what puts you in a position to be champions but you have ups and downs. You have opponents that, like Stoke, change their way to defend, to be more difficult for us to go through. Obviously we are very happy with the three points."

Manager reaction

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes speaking to Sky Sports: "The first half was a struggle for us really, we didn't get a foothold in the game and Chelsea put us under a bit of pressure which we didn't deal with. We got back into the game with an outstanding goal by Charlie. I didn't think he was going for goal initially but once he gets in position to strike balls he has got that ability. Fair play to him for seeing the goalkeeper off his line and he despatched it, fantastic skill. It's just a shame we weren't able to capitalise on that.

"In the second half we were under great pressure and unfortunately Asmir made a bad decision and they got the second goal. We lost to a penalty and a mistake in distribution but I'm not going to criticise either of the guys. Both have stopped goals in the past and did in this game, we just have to pick ourselves up and go again."

Chelsea in control

Premier League table
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Chelsea look in command at the top of the Premier League table, but there is an almighty scramble going on in the race for second.

Manager reaction

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports about Charlie Adam's equaliser: "It was a fantastic goal, every super player in the world would like to score a goal like that. Diego Maradona, to Lionel Messi to all these brilliant players.

"Not all of them did score that goal in their careers. When my goalkeepers plays in the limit of the box he has to read the game and know the quality of the opponent, we work on that a lot.

"Charlie Adam has condition for a 50-meter shot, so normally he would anticipate the moment we lost the ball but it's a great goal."

Manager reaction

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "If my medical department decides to take four weeks to recover Diego this would not happen but in football we need risks. I risk sometimes, as a manager in a result I don't like.

"We played more offensive and if the opponent scores I don't kill myself for that.

"But in all the scans they did two days ago the muscle was clear, the image was clear and the player trained twice 100%, when he did much more than he did today.

"We put him in dozens of actions and the result was correct. My medical department is fantastic so there is no problem. Next week plays Remy and Drogba, we wait for Costa again. For sure with that injury it will be a couple of weeks minimum."

Costa's injury blow

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa will be out for a couple of weeks minimum, confirms manager Jose Mourinho. That means he will probably miss Manchester United's visit to Stamford Bridge on April 18.

The wonder of Adam

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Jose Mourinho describes Charlie Adam's strike as a goal "every super player in the world would love to score". He's not wrong.

Satisfied Jose

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is now speaking to the media. He looks fairly satisfied with things. His quotes will follow.

Player reaction

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Chelsea captain John Terry, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a tough game, we knew it would be difficult. The first half was very tight, they're well organised but we ground it out. Our determination and patience was excellent today. The goal from Charlie Adam, which was a great goal, kind of stunned us, but we came out for the second half knowing what we needed to do. To pick up the momentum and get three points. We've got some big games coming up but if we keep doing that it will be very difficult for other teams.

"Eden Hazard has been our best player all year. He is the one who steps up when we need a goal and he is up there for me with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Plus he can only get better and better."

In control

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Stats
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A look at the stats above and there can be no arguments that Chelsea didn't get what they deserved. They dominated possession, had more shots and more corners. They also scored more goals.

Silky Hazard

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Eden Hazard
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Eden Hazard had a few touches didn't he (see his touch graphic above)? The Belgian had 94 touches and almost every one of them was brilliant.

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Former Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington

BBC Radio Stoke at Stamford Bridge

"Stoke started the second half really well, boosted by Charlie Adam's wonder strike, but Chelsea's second goal knocked the stuffing out of them."

FULL-TIME

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A big win for Chelsea as they return to seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. Charlie Adam tried his best to spoil the Stamford Bridge mood with a wonder-strike but the Blues were simply too good.

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Asmir Begovic has the ball and he launches it forward...

YELLOW CARD

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Peter Crouch gets Stoke's sixth booking for clattering Eden Hazard.

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A throw for Stoke in Chelsea's half is launched into the penealty area but Marko Arnautovic fires over.

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Free-kick to Chelsea on the edge of their penalty area. They take their time unsurprisingly...

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Four minutes of injury time signalled. Chelsea not home yet...

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A wicked cross by Marko Arnautovic from the left but Peter Crouch can't reach it for Stoke.

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Keep ball from Chelsea. They don't look in danger but you still never know. The ball is deep inside Stoke's half though.

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Former Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington

BBC Radio Stoke at Stamford Bridge

"Eden Hazard has been a joy to watch today. Just like Georgie Best or Stanley Matthews before him, he goes past players so easily that it just looks effortless. That is the most impressive thing."

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A throw to Stoke deep inside Chelsea's half. Marc Wilson wastes possession though as he drills the ball straight at Thibaut Courtois from 30 yards.

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Into the last five minutes. Can Stoke spoil the party?

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Your favourite goals from distance

Charlie Adam scored for Stoke from about 65 yards out (see 44 mins). Well inside his own half. What are your favourite goals from distance?

Martin: Brian Deane nicking the ball off Bruce Grobbelaar before chipping over the defender on the line from 40 yards plus at Bramall Lane in March 1992.

Gavin, Luton: Has to be Xabi Alonso v Luton. Not the best in terms of beating the keeper, but for Steven Gerrard's reaction because he didn't pass to him!

Simon, Northampton: Jason Cundy for Spurs against Ipswich. Freak gust of wind but class goal.

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Former Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington

BBC Radio Stoke at Stamford Bridge

"The play by Eden Hazard is unbelievable. Asmir Begovic made a great first save and a second one too, but it's all come from Hazard. He's been an absolute joy to watch. Truly world class."

GREAT SAVE!

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Brilliant again by Eden Hazard. He waltzes past a few Stoke players cuts the ball back and Juan Cuadrado's close-range strike is kept out by Asmir Begovic. With the Colombian pouncing on the rebound, the Bosnian again blocks. If only you hadn't gifted Chelsea their second - you could have been a hero Asmir...

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Former Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington

BBC Radio Stoke at Stamford Bridge

"This game's gone into a bit of a lull, there's not much happening at either end and Chelsea have been controlling the ball in the middle of the pitch. Charlie Adam's coming off but he will sleep well tonight."

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The corner is cleared as Stoke breathe again. Can Crouchy do any damage up top?

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City

Corner to Chelsea. Time to wrap up the points?

Not before Peter Crouch replaces Stephen Ireland for Stoke and Charlie Adam trudges off for Erik Pieters.