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Torres Seals Third For Chelsea

Fernando Torres scored the winner as Chelsea claimed third place with a 2-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season.

It took only 7 minutes for the Blues to go in front as Tim Howard spilled a relatively tame effort from Demba Ba, only to see Juan Mata pounce on the rebound and smash it home.

The visitors, however, equalised just minutes later when Victor Anichebe fought off the Chelsea defence and played the ball to Steven Naismith who expertly slipped it past Petr Cech and into the back of the net.

Steven Pienaar enjoyed an excellent chance to put the Toffees 2-1 up after being setup by Naismith, but his effort curled just wide of the goal.

Just before the break Frank Lampard was setup brilliantly and nearly extended his Chelsea goalscoring record, but his shot cleared Howard’s crossbar.

Seven minutes into the second period Europa League hero Branislav Ivanovic so nearly regained the lead for Chelsea when he sprang above the Everton defence, but his header went high over the crossbar.

After also scoring in midweek, Fernando Torres got his team back in front with 14 minutes to play. A brilliant attack from the Blues saw Oscar pass the ball to Victor Moses on the edge of the six-yard box and the Nigerian in turn setup Torres who easily half-volleyed into the back of the net which sealed the victory.

The defeat for Everton meant outgoing manager David Moyes ended his tenure with disappointment, but the sixth placed finish brought some satisfaction to the Merseyside club.

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