Eden Hazard brace helps Chelsea beat Brighton 4-Zero
Two targets from Eden Hazard helped Chelsea cruise to a 4-Zero victory at Brighton & Hove Albion within the Premier League on Saturday for his or her first league win of 2018. Chelsea’s midweek penalty shootout success over Norwich City within the FA Cup meant they’d drawn their final 5 video games in regulation time in all competitions however Hazard and Willian struck inside six minutes to set them on their means on Saturday.
Brighton tried to get again into the match however had been denied by the bar, some superb saves by Willy Caballero — making his first league begin for Chelsea instead of injured Thibaut Courtois — whereas having two penalty appeals waved away by the referee.
With Brighton pushing ahead, Hazard brilliantly netted a 3rd 13 minutes from time earlier than Victor Moses made it 4 late on. The win took Chelsea above Liverpool — who play on Monday — into third. One win in 13 league video games leaves Brighton 16th.
“Today, it was a really good performance,” Chelsea supervisor Antonio Conte stated. “I saw important things. Now, we have to continue.”
With Alvaro Morata suspended, Michy Batshuayi led the road for Chelsea in opposition to a Brighton facet who went with three central defenders, and earlier than the hosts even had probability to settle, Moses squared for Hazard to fireside into the web three minutes in.
After beforehand scoring simply as soon as in 4 video games in all competitions, Chelsea had two inside six minutes on the Amex. Batshuayi was closely concerned, laying the ball off for Willian to drill dwelling.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favours by going 2-0 down so early,” Brighton supervisor Chris Hughton stated. “But the result is not a full reflection of the game.”
Brighton had been unlucky to not earn a penalty after Caballero appeared to upend defender Ezequiel Schelotto, earlier than Chelsea’s stand-in keeper did properly to beat out Tomer Hemed’s header.
After the break, Brighton continued to threaten, and had been inches away from getting again into the match, however Davy Propper noticed his effort hit the crossbar.
Home goalkeeper Mathew Ryan then tipped an effort from Willian onto the submit, earlier than Hazard was extra scientific, firing in after Brighton had allowed him to hold the ball into the field, unchallenged.
Chelsea weren’t completed, as Moses latched onto a superb go from substitute Charly Musonda to place the seal on a superb efficiency one minute from time.