Chelsea ends year with 2-1 win at Everton

By the Associated Press | December 30, 2012 | 4:32 PM EST

Chelsea's Frank Lampard, centre, celebrates after scoring his second goal against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON (AP) — Frank Lampard scored twice in a 2-1 victory at Everton on Sunday, boosting Chelsea's hopes of catching Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Chelsea, playing on the road, fell behind after just 63 seconds before Lampard struck in the 42nd and 72nd minutes. Lampard's contract is up this summer and he is free to talk to other clubs starting Tuesday.

A fourth straight win kept Chelsea four points behind second-place Manchester City with a game in hand going into the new year. United is in first place by seven points

Last-place Queens Park Rangers edged closer to relegation with a 3-0 home loss to Liverpool. QPR is eight points from the safety zone entering 2013.