Eden Hazard made an impressive Premier League debut for Chelsea as they held off a tenacious Wigan side to win 2-0.
The Belgian midfielder turned neatly before sending Branislav Ivanovic clear to sidefoot in the first.
Hazard was then felled for the penalty which allowed Frank Lampard to double Chelsea's lead after just six minutes.
But Wigan's Victor Moses twice tested Chelsea keeper Petr Cech while Jordi Gomez headed one chance off target before screwing a volley wide late on.
Moses started for the Latics despite manager Roberto Martinez suggesting that his 21-year-old striker could be unsettled by ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea.
The Nigerian, who scored six goals last season, produced a terrific performance to show why Wigan value him at £8.5m and why Chelsea are interested in acquiring him.
He teased and beat England left-back Ashley Cole on numerous occasions in the first half, switching wings to do the same to Ivanovic in the second.
Wigan v Chelsea key facts
- Chelsea had just six shots, their fewest in a PL game since September 2007
- Wigan have only lost three of their last 11 PL games (W7 D2 L3) but two were to Chelsea
- The Blues are unbeaten on opening day in the PL since 1998 (W12 D2)
- Wigan have lost six of their eight opening Premier League matches
- (Source: Opta)
However, by that point, Chelsea were already 2-0 in front with Hazard, who linked up well with Lampard and produced several neat touches before he was substituted midway through the second half, heavily involved in both goals.
His first telling contribution was to collect a pass from Lampard in the centre circle and sharply spin away from Ivan Ramis before playing a straightforward through-ball into the path of Ivanovic. The Serbian then strolled into the penalty box and beat Ali Al Habsi at his near post with a low shot.
Wigan debutant Ramis's afternoon took another turn for the worse when he clumsily lunged at Hazard to give away a penalty, which Lampard fired low under Al Habsi's dive.
But any thoughts that Chelsea may replicate their 6-0 victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium in 2010 were quickly extinguished.
Hazard's reward was to be clattered from behind by Gary Caldwell, a vicious tackle that earned the Wigan captain a yellow card.
The incident seemed to rouse Wigan though, and they went on to dominate large chunks of play and more than matched Chelsea with Maynor Figueroa, Emmerson Boyce and Moses at the centre of their better work.
However, they created few clear-cut chances and their tactic of sending a barrage of crosses into the Chelsea box failed to unsettle experienced centre-backs David Luiz and John Terry.
Second-half substitutes Gomez and Arouna Kone added impetus for the Latics, the former seeing a deflected free-kick well saved by Cech while Ivorian Kone headed narrowly wide.
But the goal Wigan's endeavours deserved failed to materialise and they were indebted to Ramis for keeping the deficit at two when he atoned to a degree for his earlier failings by clearing a Fernando Torres effort off the line.
It would have been easy for Torres to go down looking for a penalty under Ramis's initial challenge but to the striker's credit he toe-poked the ball beyond Al Habsi while stumbling forward, only to see his fellow Spaniard scamper back and knock the ball to safety.
- 26 Al Habsi
- 03 Alcaraz
- 05 Caldwell Booked
- 17 Boyce
- 21 Ramis
- 31 Figueroa
- 04 McCarthy
- 10 Maloney (Gomez - 48' )
- 11 Moses
- 16 McArthur Booked (Watson - 80' )
- 09 Di Santo (Kone - 67' )
- 12 Pollitt
- 06 Jones
- 07 Crusat
- 08 Watson
- 14 Gomez
- 02 Kone
- 19 Boselli
- 01 Cech
- 02 Ivanovic
- 03 Cole
- 04 Luiz Booked
- 26 Terry
- 34 Bertrand
- 08 Lampard Booked
- 12 Mikel
- 17 Hazard (Oscar - 64' )
- 09 Torres
- 10 Mata (Meireles - 82' )
- 22 Turnbull
- 19 Ferreira
- 24 Cahill
- 05 Essien
- 11 Oscar
- 16 Meireles
- 23 Sturridge
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:19
The ball is sent over by Maynor Figueroa, Headed effort from inside the area by Emmerson Boyce misses to the right of the target.89:33
Shot by Jordi Gomez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.88:20
Corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles.87:51
Centre by Victor Moses, John Terry makes a clearance.86:03
Ben Watson challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, David Luiz takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.84:30
Victor Moses crosses the ball, Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Shot by Jordi Gomez from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.84:04
Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Ivan Ramis takes the free kick.83:15
A cross is delivered by Antolin Alcaraz, Ashley Cole gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line played to the near post, Arouna Kone produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.81:41 Substitution
Substitution Raul Meireles on for Juan Mata.80:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Fernando Torres. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.79:23 Substitution
Substitution James McArthur goes off and Ben Watson comes on.79:23
The ball is sent over by Emmerson Boyce, John Terry manages to make a clearance.77:57
Fernando Torres fouled by Ivan Ramis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.75:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Ashley Cole. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.72:46 Booking
Booking The referee shows Frank Lampard a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.72:46
Frank Lampard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jordi Gomez, save made by Petr Cech.71:37
Maynor Figueroa sends in a cross. The ball is sent over by James McCarthy, clearance by John Terry.70:57
A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic.69:48
The ball is delivered by Maynor Figueroa, Header by Jordi Gomez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Emboaba Oscar produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.67:19
Foul by Emboaba Oscar on James McArthur, free kick awarded. James McArthur takes the direct free kick.66:04
Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.66:04 Substitution
Substitution Franco Di Santo goes off and Arouna Kone comes on.66:04
Unfair challenge on Mikel by Maynor Figueroa results in a free kick.65:22
Foul by Ashley Cole on Emmerson Boyce, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.63:14
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on John Terry by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.63:14 Substitution
Substitution Emboaba Oscar is brought on as a substitute for Eden Hazard.63:14
Victor Moses produces a cross, clearance by John Terry.62:59
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Ivan Ramis makes a clearance.60:04
Victor Moses has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.59:05
Effort from the edge of the area by Franco Di Santo goes wide of the left-hand upright.56:06
Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.56:06 Booking
Booking James McArthur goes into the book.56:05
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Frank Lampard.54:32
The ball is sent over by Victor Moses, Petr Cech makes a save.51:57
Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Ashley Cole produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.51:04
Franco Di Santo is penalised for a handball. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.50:30
The ball is crossed by Maynor Figueroa, comfortable save by Petr Cech.48:42
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Ryan Bertrand. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.47:16
Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.47:16 Substitution
Substitution Jordi Gomez on for Shaun Maloney.47:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Franco Di Santo.46:29
The ball is swung over by Antolin Alcaraz.45:43
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Franco Di Santo. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Shaun Maloney, Petr Cech makes a save.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:39 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:50
Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Juan Mata results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney has an effort direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Petr Cech.45:00 +0:26
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.44:05
Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Mikel manages to make a clearance. Centre by Gary Caldwell, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.42:44
A cross is delivered by Victor Moses.42:24
Antolin Alcaraz crosses the ball, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.37:28
The ball is crossed by Victor Moses, save by Petr Cech. Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ashley Cole.36:46
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.34:46
Victor Moses produces a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Franco Di Santo. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.34:34
Franco Di Santo delivers the ball, clearance made by David Luiz.33:55
Free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.33:55 Booking
Booking David Luiz is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.33:49
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Shaun Maloney.33:19
Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ivan Ramis takes the free kick.31:51
James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Eden Hazard. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.31:38
The ball is swung over by Shaun Maloney, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.31:06
Emmerson Boyce produces a cross, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.29:56
Juan Mata fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel.28:35
Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.27:57
The ball is sent over by Maynor Figueroa, John Terry makes a clearance.26:01
The ball is sent over by Antolin Alcaraz, Mikel gets a block in.25:33
Foul by Mikel on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.23:56
Short corner taken by Shaun Maloney.23:02
Antolin Alcaraz produces a cross, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.22:18
Ryan Bertrand produces a cross, save by Ali Al Habsi.20:59
A cross is delivered by Shaun Maloney.19:50
Foul by Frank Lampard on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Shaun Maloney crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Fernando Torres.18:56
Emmerson Boyce crosses the ball, Franco Di Santo produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.16:43
Foul by James McArthur on Juan Mata, free kick awarded. Mikel takes the free kick.15:51
The ball is delivered by Ivan Ramis.15:09
Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, Mikel manages to make a clearance.14:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McArthur by Eden Hazard. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.12:04
The ball is sent over by Maynor Figueroa, Petr Cech makes a save.11:52
Maynor Figueroa crosses the ball, clearance by John Terry.11:40
Centre by Emmerson Boyce, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.10:10
Mikel takes the free kick.10:10 Booking
Booking The referee shows Gary Caldwell a yellow card.10:07
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Eden Hazard.8:49
The ball is delivered by Shaun Maloney, clearance by David Luiz.7:41
Centre by Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.6:04
Assist by Eden Hazard.6:04 Goal scored
Goal! - Frank Lampard - Wigan 0 - 2 Chelsea Frank Lampard scores a power penalty. Wigan 0-2 Chelsea.5:05
Eden Hazard fouled by Ivan Ramis, the ref awards a Penalty.4:43
A cross is delivered by Maynor Figueroa, save by Petr Cech.3:26
Antolin Alcaraz challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Bertrand restarts play with the free kick.1:48
Eden Hazard provided the assist for the goal.1:48 Goal scored
Goal! - Branislav Ivanovic - Wigan 0 - 1 Chelsea Branislav Ivanovic fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Chelsea.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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