Cesc Fabregas curled a first-time shot past Lukasz Fabianski for his 50th Premier League goal. Photo: Reuters

LONDON – Cesc Fabregas kept alive Chelsea’s hopes of finishing in the top four with a quick-fire goal in a 1-0 win at Swansea City, which leaves the Welsh side facing a major fight to retain their Premier League status.

Antonio Conte’s side are now just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place, albeit having played a game more, as they battle to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Fabregas scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when Eden Hazard capitalised on a mistake from Andy King and fed the ball to the Spaniard.

The midfielder then curled a first-time shot past Lukasz Fabianski into the roof of the net for his 50th Premier League goal.

Swansea had chances to equalise, but Andre Ayew and Tom Carroll fired wide of the post.

Defeat leaves the club just one point above the bottom three with three games left to play.