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Chelsea dent Tottenham’s Champions League hopes with 2-0 win

LONDON — Goals from Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson earned Chelsea a 2-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Thursday, dealing a blow to Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Former academy defender Chalobah headed the ball expertly into the top corner from a Conor Gallagher freekick 35m out in the 24th minute.

Senegal’s Jackson calmed home nerves against the run of play in the 72nd minute when he was on hand to head home after a freekick from Chelsea top scorer Cole Palmer hit the bar and bounced down.

The three points, taking them to eighth, were vital for the push by Chelsea, under former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino, towards a Europa League place after a disappointing season but left Tottenham seven points adrift of the top four. — Reuters