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Chelsea v Middlesbrough - story of the match

Chelsea moved within three points of the Premier League title and consigned Middlesbrough to relegation with a dominant 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic saw Chelsea re-establish a seven-point lead over Tottenham. And Antonio Conte's men can win the title before Spurs next play with victory at West Brom on Friday night.

Boro, now with one win in 19 league games, will be playing in the Sky Bet Championship next season after a record-equalling fourth demotion from the Premier League.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Chelsea inflicting death on Boro by a thousand Cesc Fabregas passes." AFP football correspondent Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) describes Middlesbrough's Championship fate with Fabregas being the main contributor to the demise.

STAR MAN

Cesc Fabregas. No N'Golo Kante, no problem. The Spaniard filled in for the PFA player of the year and was at his creative best and his precise passes carved through a poor Boro defence.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Chelsea fans used Monday's match to taunt Tottenham at every opportunity. Following Costa's opener, the Stamford Bride faithful loudly chanted: "Are you watching Tottenham?" Other songs included: "Tottenham Hotspur, we're laughing at you."

STAT POINT

With his assist for Costa's goal, Cesc Fabregas became the first player in history to notch 10 assists in six different Premier League seasons.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea:

Thibaut Courtois 6

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

David Luiz 6

Gary Cahill 6

Victor Moses 6

Cesc Fabregas 9

Nemanja Matic 8

Marcos Alonso 7

Pedro 7

Diego Costa 7

Eden Hazard 7

Substitutes:

Willian 6 (for Hazard, 72)

Nathaniel Chalobah 6 (for Pedro, 81)

John Terry 6 (for Luiz, 84)

Middlesbrough:

Brad Guzan 5

Fabio 5

George Friend 6

Ben Gibson 5

Adam Clayton 6

Calum Chambers 6

Adam Forshaw 5

Marten de Roon 5

Armand Traore 5

Stewart Downing 6

Alvaro Negredo 5

Substitutes:

Grant Leadbitter 6 (for Forshaw, 56)

Patrick Bamford 6 (for Traore 57)

Rudy Gestede 6 (for Negredo, 83)

WHO'S UP NEXT?

West Brom v Chelsea (Premier League, May 12)

Middlesbrough v Southampton (Premier League, May 13)

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