Chelsea beat Leicester City to boost their Champions League hopes – and leave the Foxes in danger of missing out.
Kelechi Iheanacho gave the Foxes hope but they did not create enough chances to deserve anything out of the game.
Chelsea’s win takes them up to third place in the table, while Liverpool could knock Leicester down to fifth place if they win at Burnley on Wednesday.
There was no doubt Thomas Tuchel’s side deserved their victory as Rudiger bundled home from close range from a corner.
Jorginho put the game beyond doubt with a penalty after Wesley Fofana clipped Timo Werner.
They had been unlucky not to be ahead at the break as Werner had a penalty appeal controversially turned down and two goals disallowed.
Iheanacho’s goal after good pressure from Wilfred Ndidi was not enough for Leicester, who now need to score at least three goals against Tottenham Hotspur on the final day or hope for Liverpool to drop points.
There was a late melee, with most of the players and the benches involved too – with Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira and unused substitute Daniel Amartey booked.
Chelsea’s revenge for Wembley boosts Champions League bid
Chelsea were disappointed to lose Saturday’s FA Cup final – a chance for Tuchel to win his first trophy in English football.
The Blues will have another chance to win a trophy – the big one – when they face Manchester City in the Champions League final in 11 days’ time.
They boosted their chances of being back in that tournament next season – and know a win at Aston Villa on the final day seals their top-four place.
Chelsea had felt aggrieved by a late ‘equaliser’ disallowed by VAR on Saturday.
And thousands of fans let their displeasure at VAR be known again as several decisions went against them in the first half at Stamford Bridge.
First Werner was caught by Youri Tielemans in the box, but was somehow penalised himself. There was no VAR review into that one.
Then Werner was clearly offside as he scored from Mason Mount’s first-time pass – with no need for VAR.
Werner thought he finally had his goal – and celebrated with the fans – before VAR correctly deemed he had bundled the ball in with his arm and not his head.
Chelsea’s frustrations lifted in the second half when Jamie Vardy inadvertently flicked a Ben Chilwell corner into the path of Rudiger, who scored with his thigh.
And then a VAR decision went Chelsea’s way when Fofana needlessly fouled Werner, with Jorginho scoring the penalty.
Chelsea did manage to set up a tense finale for themselves by trying to play their way out of defence with Mateo Kovacic losing the ball to Ndidi, who set up Iheanacho, but they held out.
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Squad number16Player nameMendy
Squad number24Player nameJames
Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
Squad number7Player nameKanté
Squad number5Player nameJorginho
Squad number21Player nameChilwell
Squad number10Player namePulisic
Squad number19Player nameMount
Squad number11Player nameWerner
Squad number15Player nameZouma
Squad number17Player nameKovacic
Squad number18Player nameGiroud
Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
Squad number27Player nameCastagne
Squad number3Player nameFofana
Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
Squad number8Player nameTielemans
Squad number25Player nameNdidi
Squad number33Player nameThomas
Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
Squad number10Player nameMaddison
Squad number9Player nameVardy
Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira
16MendyBooked at 90mins
28AzpilicuetaBooked at 87minsSubstituted forZoumaat 88′minutes
7KantéSubstituted forKovacicat 32′minutes
11WernerSubstituted forGiroudat 90+1′minutes
3FofanaBooked at 82mins
11AlbrightonSubstituted forRicardo Pereiraat 67′minutesBooked at 90mins
25NdidiBooked at 89mins
17PérezBooked at 32mins
10MaddisonSubstituted forIheanachoat 60′minutes
Match ends, Chelsea 2, Leicester City 1.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Leicester City 1.
Foul by Olivier Giroud (Chelsea).
Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).
Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.
Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).
Édouard Mendy (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Chelsea. Olivier Giroud replaces Timo Werner.
Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira with a cross.
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Kurt Zouma replaces César Azpilicueta.
César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt blocked. Thiago Silva (Chelsea) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.