Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle – Hazard hattrick send Blues top
Chelsea reached the summit of the Premier league as Eden Hazard ran the show once again at the Bridge.
Two magical moments from the Belgian winger in the first half put the game beyond the visitor’s reach and Hazard sealed the three points with his and Chelsea’s third at the hour mark from the spot.
Newcastle United had a good spell for the first 25 minutes of the game until Eden Hazard broke the dead lock in the 27th minute finally breaking Newcastle’s resistance.
The Magpies did not have much to play for as Hazard doubled Chelsea’s lead by producing a little one-two with Samuel Eto’o whose back heel set up a perfect second for the Belgian.
Eto’o played a part in the third goal too but this time he earned a penalty after being fouled in the box. Hazard converted the penalty in a spectacular fashion by driving it low past Tim Krul.
Chelsea started without Terry for the first time this season he was replaced by Brazilian David Luiz.
Matic and Lampard started out in the defensive midfield while Willian, Oscar and Hazard started behind Eto’o.
Salah was not opted by Mourinho for a full start and Schurrle too started on the bench.
Newcastle on the other hand kicked off with Luke De Jong leading the attack alongside Shola Ameobi and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Gouffran, Tiote and Coloccini remained out the squad due to injuries while French striker Loic Remy missed out due to a suspension.
Chelsea started with a 4-2-3-1 formation and it was Eden Hazard who ran the show.
The Blues did not find their rhythm until the midpoint of the first half as Newcastle did their best to defend the home side’s attack by cutting off their passes and not allowing the Blues to execute their plans correctly.
Hazard then opened the scoring with a brilliant shot with his right foot after a neat low cross from Ivanovic with 27 minutes on the clock. Seven minutes later, Hazard caught the away side’s defence off guard and played a little one two with Eto’o finally curling a close finish from close range.
Newcastle had a flurry of weak shots which however were on target but easy saves for Petr Cech.
The home side started the second half strongly with a fair number of chances falling to them but the only goal of the half came from the spot after Eto’o was fouled in the box during a corner kick for Chelsea.
Hazard converted the spot kick with a low shot past Krul finally killing the game off for Chelsea. Salah came on for Willian at the 75 minute mark and there were two clear chances for him to score his debut goal and Chelsea’s fourth.
Newcastle did not threaten much in the half and in the end it was a comfortable victory for Chelsea.
Chelsea(4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Lampard, Willian (Salah 78), Oscar, Hazard (Schurrle 85), Eto’o (Demba Ba 71)
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Krul, Santon, Williamson, Sissoko, Anita (Marveaux 84), Ben Arfa (Gosling 64), De Jong, Debuchy ( Yanga-Mbwia 40), Steven Taylor, Ameobi, Dummett.
Booked: Sissoko, Ameobi.