Posted: Sunday December 30, 2012 4:02 PM

Chelsea ends year with 2-1 win at Everton

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LONDON (AP) - Frank Lampard scored twice in a 2-1 victory at Everton on Sunday, boosting Chelsea's hopes of catching Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Chelsea, playing on the road, fell behind after just 63 seconds before Lampard struck in the 42nd and 72nd minutes. Lampard's contract is up this summer and he is free to talk to other clubs starting Tuesday.

A fourth straight win kept Chelsea four points behind second-place Manchester City with a game in hand going into the new year. United is in first place by seven points

Last-place Queens Park Rangers edged closer to relegation with a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool. QPR is eight points from the safety zone entering 2013.

 
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