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Pedro, right, ripped a shot past an Everton defender to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead.

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LIVERPOOL, England — Pedro’s sublime goal helped move Chelsea a step closer to the Premier League title as the ruthless leaders swept to a 3-0 win at Everton on Sunday.

Chelsea had to work hard to break down Everton’s stubborn resistence, but Pedro’s majestic second-half goal put the Blues on course for a fourth win in five games. Late goals from Gary Cahill and Willian wrapped up the victory as the Blues opened a seven-point lead at the top of the standings, piling pressure on second-place Tottenham ahead of its North London Derby against Arsenal later Sunday.

Regardless of the result at White Hart Lane, Chelsea’s steely display ensured the destiny of the title remains in its hands with four matches left: against Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Sunderland. Only West Brom, currently eighth, is in the top half of the league table.

Chelsea need nine points to be assured of being crowned English champions in Manager Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.

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