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Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea

Hazard
Hazard's last Premier League goal for Chelsea came in May 2015

Eden Hazard scored his first league goals of the season as Chelsea overcame Bournemouth in an entertaining game.

Cesc Fabregas provided Chelsea's first three goals, teeing up Pedro and Hazard in the first half before releasing Willian for the third after the break.

The Cherries had got back to 2-1 when Tommy Elphick's header crept in before the interval.

But Hazard, who netted 19 times last season, finished from Nemanja Matic's pull-back in injury time.

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Hazard lights up

The Belgian, returning from a five-game lay-off with a hip injury, had been held up as one of the main men culpable for Jose Mourinho's departure as Chelsea boss in December, following a horrendous start to their Premier League title defence.

In contrast to the 2014-15 campaign, when he was voted player of the year by his fellow professionals, Hazard had looked lacking in motivation and desire at times this term, with his only two goals coming in the FA Cup.

Hazard was one of seven Blues players who had started their shock 1-0 loss to Bournemouth five months ago, but he was direct and effective in the return fixture at Dean Court.

Hazard touch map
Eden Hazard was dangerous on both flanks for Chelsea, and as this touch map shows, seven of his touches came in the opposition area - joint highest for the Blues with Pedro

Fabregas, having already slipped in a through-ball for Pedro to finish one-on-one for the opener, teed up Hazard with a clever backheel and the former Lille forward found the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

And after Willian, once again racing on to a Fabregas pass, had restored a two-goal cushion, Hazard poked in his second to finish off a display that would have left incoming manager Antonio Conte excited about the talent at his disposal when he comes to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Cherries fall away

Bournemouth's contribution to a game between two sides with little to play for should not go unheralded, and it is a testament to their tremendous season that a win would have drawn them level on points with ninth-placed Chelsea.

It is no longer a surprise to see Eddie Howe's men competing with the top tier's strongest outfits and they did well, particularly in the first half, to test a Chelsea defence that had makeshift centre-half John Mikel Obi at its heart after Gary Cahill had fallen ill overnight.

Steve Cook shot over when he should have scored after keeper Asmir Begovic had flapped at a cross.

And they deserved to get back into the game when Elphick's header from a short corner slid in off Begovic's right-hand glove.

The Cherries drifted out of the contest as the game drew on, but Callum Wilson stepped off the bench for the third consecutive game as he continues his positive recovery from a seven-month injury lay-off.

Man of the match - Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas
He did not exactly run the game, but a hat-trick of assists is pretty influential. Fabregas (right) now has 95 all-time Premier League assists - only Frank Lampard (102) and Ryan Giggs (162) have more

What they said

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "It was an even game, certainly for the first half I thought we were terrific - the difference between the sides was how they finished their goals.

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Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea: Cherries too generous

"We created a number of chances but didn't have their clinical edge. Second half, they were better and I thought Chelsea's attitude to the game was spot on, that's why it ended up being such a high quality game.

"The beauty of our run-in, which is so tough on paper, is that we're learning all the time. We're still finding our feet at this level, they've been harsh lessons for us but hopefully we'll come out of it a better team."

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink: "We're very pleased with the performance, especially in the second half.

"It was a very open, entertaining game. Bournemouth have a very good build-up and create good chances.

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Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea: Eden Hazard very efficient - Guus Hiddink

"It was good discipline and good to see some players who have been absent recently, scoring goals.

"We worked with Eden Hazard for the last 10 days, his movement was good and we talked about playing him for 45 minutes or perhaps more, but in the end he was enjoying it and he came through the whole game."

What's next?

Bournemouth, sat in 13th but with no risk of going down, can go above 11th-placed Everton if they beat them next Saturday.

Chelsea can sabotage Tottenham's title hopes when they host their London rivals on Monday, 2 May. It was a point not lost on the travelling Blues fans at Dean Court, who sung about their desire to go on and beat Spurs.

"I didn't hear what the fans were singing because I was so focused on the game," said Hiddink. "But we play the next game to win. And the next game is Tottenham."

The stats you need to know

  • Bournemouth have lost three home league games in a row for the first time since March 2013
  • Chelsea scored with all four of their shots on target in the game
  • Eden Hazard - who scored more than once in a Premier League game for the first time since February 2014 - ended a run of 29 Premier League games without a goal
  • Cesc Fabregas assisted three or more goals in a Premier League game for the second time in his career (four assists for Arsenal v Blackburn, Oct 2009)
  • Tommy Elphick's goal was the 900th goal scored in this Premier League season
  • The Cherries have now conceded in each of their last seven Premier League games
  • Pedro has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances after netting just two in the 19 beforehand

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forRitchieat 78'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 4Gosling
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 28GrabbanSubstituted forAfobeat 63'minutes
  • 17KingSubstituted forWilsonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Wilson
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Afobe
  • 23Federici
  • 29Wiggins
  • 30Ritchie
  • 32O'Kane

Chelsea

  • 1Begovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 12Mikel
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 6Baba
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 17Pedro
  • 10E Hazard
  • 22WillianSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 83'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa

Substitutes

  • 9Falcao
  • 11Da Silva
  • 14Traore
  • 16Kenedy
  • 20Miazga
  • 32Amelia
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
11,365

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Chelsea 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Chelsea 4.

Offside, Chelsea. Pedro tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

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

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Chelsea 4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Booking

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Willian because of an injury.

Delay in match Willian (Chelsea) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie replaces Junior Stanislas.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Chelsea 3. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Baba Rahman (Chelsea).

Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Benik Afobe replaces Lewis Grabban.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Callum Wilson replaces Joshua King.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

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

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

goal

As It Stood

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4Arsenal34189758342463
5Man Utd34178942301259
6West Ham341414657431456
7Liverpool341510958451355
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9Chelsea341211115346747
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15West Brom341010143142-1140
16Crystal Palace35109163645-939
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