Premier League
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Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United

Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea against Newcastle

Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick to send Chelsea to the top of the Premier League with victory against Newcastle.

Hazard, magnificent in Monday's 1-0 win at Manchester City, was in inspired form throughout and drove in the opener from Branislav Ivanovic's pass.

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'Hazard best young player in world'

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko was denied one-on-one by Petr Cech, before Hazard finished off a fine sweeping move.

Hazard got his third in the second half, scoring from the penalty spot after Samuel Eto'o was fouled.

With league leaders Arsenal losing 5-1 to Liverpool and Manchester City drawing at Norwich, Chelsea's win moved them one point clear at the top of the standings.

Boss Jose Mourinho had claimed earlier in the week that Chelsea were "the little horse" in the title race, but their win at City on Monday, coupled with this clinical dismantling of Newcastle, underlined their credentials as genuine contenders as they extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches.

Chelsea's recent fortunes were in stark contrast to those of Newcastle. They had won only one of their previous six games, had just lost to local rivals Sunderland, and were evidently struggling to compensate for the loss of playmaker Yohan Cabaye, who joined Paris St-Germain at the end of January.

There was some good news for Newcastle, though, as Chelsea captain John Terry, hugely impressive at the Etihad, missed his first league game of the season with a minor muscle strain.

Chelsea initially looked vulnerable in his absence as Hatem Ben Arfa twice created decent opportunities, going closest when he got the better of Oscar to force Cech into a save at his near post.

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Pardew praises 'sublime' Hazard

The home side soon gained a grip on the game, with Hazard in particular proving a menace to the Newcastle defence. It did not take long for the Belgium international to make a telling contribution as he put Chelsea ahead following a move he both started and finished. Hazard spread the ball wide to Ivanovic before racing into the box to rifle in a first-time shot from the return pass.

Newcastle should have been level just after the half-hour when Davide Santon sent Sissoko clear but the midfielder's first touch was too heavy, giving Cech time to race out and block the opportunity.

That missed chance proved costly as Chelsea swiftly added a second, with Hazard again instrumental.

The 23-year-old ran towards goal before passing to Eto'o, who back-heeled the ball into the path of the winger, leaving Hazard to calmly side-foot into the far corner.

Newcastle looked a defeated side with Ben Arfa, who had been dangerous in early stages of the first half, struggling to impose himself on the game.

The away side almost conceded a third in embarrassing circumstances as Tim Krul was caught out by a long David Luiz ball that bounced over the stranded Newcastle keeper but dribbled wide of the empty goal.

Victory was wrapped up for Chelsea just after the hour when Eto'o was brought down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa when challenging for a corner, and Hazard sent Krul the wrong way from the penalty spot.

With the points safe, Mourinho opted to give new signing Mohamed Salah his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt and the Egypt winger almost grabbed a fourth late on, but shot straight at Krul after being sent clear by Oscar.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said:

"We need our injured players back, especially for games at this level.

"Tottenham is a game I'd like to think we can get through and hopefully get a strong result.

"And then after that I think a lot of our big players will come back to us and for the next 13 games I think we'll be strong and then in the summer we've got work to do."

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 8Lampard
  • 24Cahill
  • 4David Luiz
  • 22WillianSubstituted forSalahat 78'minutes
  • 21Matic
  • 29Eto'oSubstituted forBaat 71'minutes
  • 11Oscar
  • 17HazardSubstituted forSchürrleat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 7Ramires
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 15Salah
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 26DebuchySubstituted forYanga-Mbiwaat 40'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 36Dummett
  • 3Santon
  • 6Williamson
  • 27Taylor
  • 10Ben ArfaSubstituted forGoslingat 64'minutes
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forMarveauxat 84'minutes
  • 18de Jong
  • 7SissokoBooked at 90mins
  • 28AmeobiBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15Gosling
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 22Marveaux
  • 23Ameobi
  • 43Armstrong
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
41,387

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar.

Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Chelsea. Gary Cahill tries a through ball, but Andre Schürrle is caught offside.

Booking

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Sylvain Marveaux (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andre Schürrle.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Sylvain Marveaux replaces Vurnon Anita.

Attempt saved. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Willian.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces Samuel Eto'o.

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dan Gosling replaces Hatem Ben Arfa.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2517532756
2Arsenal2517442255
3Man City2517354154
4Liverpool2515553350
5Everton2412931245
6Tottenham241356-144
7Man Utd2412481040
8Newcastle2511410-237
9Southampton25997736
10Swansea257612-327
11Hull257612-527
12Aston Villa257612-927
13Stoke256811-1426
14Crystal Palace258215-1626
15West Ham256712-725
16Norwich256712-1825
17Sunderland256613-1324
18West Brom2541110-823
19Cardiff255614-2521
20Fulham246117-3119
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