Fabregas strikes late as Chelsea beat QPR in England

AP , Sunday 12 Apr 2015

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, centre, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and John Terry, right, celebrate after the English Premier League soccer match between QPR and Chelsea at Loftus Road stadium in London, Sunday, April 12, 2015 (Photo: AP)

Cesc Fabregas scored an 88th-minute winner as Chelsea beat local rival Queens Park Rangers 1-0 to edge closer to the Premier League title on Sunday.

A mis-hit clearance by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green was picked up by Eden Hazard and the Belgium winger fed Fabregas — wearing a mask to protect his broken nose — for a low finish inside the post.

That was Chelsea's first shot on target in a lackluster performance at Loftus Road — but the leaders have made a habit recently of winning in spite of their scrappy performances.

Chelsea maintained its seven-point lead over second-place Arsenal and has a game in hand. Chelsea has seven games left.

Third-from-bottom QPR had the better chances, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois producing a fine reaction save from Matt Phillips.

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