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English Premier League

Hazard lights up Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle

Belgian forward hits a brace including an audacious penalty spot-kick as the defending EPL champions defeat Newcastle United

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 December, 2017, 10:39pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 December, 2017, 10:39pm

Eden Hazard scored twice in a virtuoso performance to inspire Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

His second goal – a “panenka” penalty in the 74th minute – exemplified a display in which he tormented Newcastle’s defense and had Stamford Bridge in raptures at times.

Chelsea had to fight back for a sixth win in their last seven league games after conceding a sloppy goal in the12th minute, with Dwight Gayle tapping home after Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso gave the ball away and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could only parry it out.

Hazard equalised in the 21st by converting a loose ball following a last-ditch clearance by Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune, and Chelsea took the lead through Alvaro Morata’s far-post header from Victor Moses’ cross.

Hazard was denied twice in one-on-one situations by goalkeeper Karl Darlow before he was given the chance of a second goal when Moses was tripped by Matt Ritchie. He took it exquisitely, deceiving Darlow with a cheeky chip down the middle.

The Belgium forward was given a standing ovation when he was substituted minutes later.

Chelsea moved eight points behind leader Manchester City, who play West Ham on Sunday in the 15th round of Premier League games.