Chelsea's title challenge spoiled with draw against Norwich
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Chelsea watched its title challenge go down the drain on Sunday as the Blues were held to a scoreless draw by relegation-battling Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.
After being eliminated from the Champions League in the semifinals by Atletico Madrid in midweek, the Blues needed a victory to temporarily go to the top of the table and stay in the title race ahead of Liverpool's clash with Crystal Palace on Monday.
Facing a side in desperate need of points to avoid relegation, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho started Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard on the substitute bench following some critical comments regarding Chelsea's style of play.
The Blues had the better of the play early on and created the first great chance of the game in the 31st minute when Andre Schurrle rocketed one off the post.
The hosts hit the woodwork for a second time in the 49th minute when David Luiz ripped a strike from the edge of the penalty area that smacked the crossbar but stayed out.
Norwich's best chance came in the 70th minute as Nathan Redmond sent Robert Snodgrass through on goal on the counter-attack, but Gary Cahill tracked back effectively to deflect Snodgrass's shot away for a corner kick.
Hazard was introduced by Mourinho at halftime to inject some creativity into the side and his best chance came in the 78th minute when he cut into the penalty area and unleashed a right-footed strike with pace, but Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy parried it way.
The Blues will officially be eliminated from the title race with a Liverpool win on Monday, while Norwich needs Sunderland to lose either of their final two games, while the Canaries need to win their final match next Sunday to avoid the drop.
Arsenal 1, West Bromwich 0
London, England - Olivier Giroud's 14th minute strike proved to be the difference on Sunday as Arsenal claimed a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners were guaranteed another season in the Champions League next term after Everton fell to Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday, but still hoped to come out with three points on Sunday.
The hosts found a breakthrough when Giroud got on the end of a corner kick from Santi Cazorla and nodded it into the bottom left corner, leaving West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster with little chance for a save.
The result sees Arsenal improve to 76 points with one game remaining in the campaign, while West Brom stay in 16th place with 36 points, just four points clear of the drop zone with two matches to play.
05/04 13:18:00 ET