SPURS GO FOURTH, CHELSEA HIT SIX
Tottenham returned to the top four in the Barclays Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Blackburn at White Hart Lane.
Despite winning only one of their previous nine league games, Harry Redknapp's side were on top for almost the entire 90 minutes with their opponents not managing a single effort on goal - the first time that has happened in a top-flight match since 2004 - as they slumped to defeat.
Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring but it took the hosts until the 74th minute to secure the points as Kyle Walker hit an unstoppable 30-yard free-kick past Paul Robinson.
Earlier, Fernando Torres scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea as they celebrated reaching the Champions League final by roaring back into contention to qualify for next season's competition via their league position.
Torres and the Blues produced the polar opposite of a European hangover after Tuesday's astonishing semi-final ousting of Barcelona in the Nou Camp by burying QPR 6-1 in a Stamford Bridge mudbath.
Their biggest ever win over the Hoops avenged October's incendiary defeat at Loftus Road, the visitors' goal difference taking a pounding as they stayed just outside the relegation zone having played a game more than third-bottom Bolton.
They will need to defend infinitely better than this to stand a chance of survival, conceding to Daniel Sturridge after just 48 seconds and allowing John Terry to make it 2-0 before Torres' treble, a goal from substitute Florent Malouda and a late consolation from Djibril Cisse.
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