Chelsea returned to their winning ways as Mason Mount scored a late winner against 10-man Fulham.
Nigerian stars Ola Aina, Ademola Lookman and Tosin Adarabioyo but they failed to secure a crucial win for the struggling Fulham.
Both sides had chances in the first half as Mount struck the bar and Ivan Cavaleiro fluffed a clear opening for Fulham, but the game’s complexion changed just before half-time when Antonee Robinson was dismissed for a high challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta (44).
Chelsea huffed and puffed in the second half, but were made to wait for the winner as man of the match Mount’s controlled half volley found the net from inside the box after Alphonse Areola’s weak punch clear from a cross (78).
Sub Timo Werner should have wrapped the win up late on, turning wide when through on goal, but the victory means Chelsea move up to seventh, seven points off leaders Manchester United, but having played a game more, while Fulham stay 18th, four points from safety.
In a later fixture, Super Eagles stars Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho were in action for Leicester City who climbed second on the Premier League table after beating Southampton 2-0 at the Power Stadium on Saturday night.
James Maddison fired in from a tight angle after 37 minutes, the Foxes midfielder instructing his team-mates to stand back as he performed a socially distanced celebration, before Harvey Barnes added a second deep into second-half stoppage-time.
The Saints dominated in the opening stages and created the first opening when Che Adams stretched the home defence on the counter-attack, while Leicester’s Barnes’ powerful drive forced Alex McCarthy into action with the game’s first shot after 19 minutes.
The visitors, without talisman Danny Ings after the striker tested positive for Covid-19 last week, went close to a response through Ryan Bertrand and Will Smallbone either side of half-time but neither could find a way past Kasper Schmeichel.
In an entertaining conclusion, Stuart Armstrong rattled the Leicester crossbar with an excellent strike from the edge of the penalty area, while Jan Bednarek produced a superb goalline clearance to deny Barnes and the returning McCarthy saved from Jamie Vardy as both sides pushed for a late goal.
It took Leicester until the 95th minute to seal the three points, Barnes calmly slotting past McCarthy on the break.
Leicester are now one point behind League leaders Manchester United who travel to Anfield for the much anticipated game against champions Liverpool on Sunday.