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.

'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.

Hazard lights up Chelsea

  • Eden Hazard has scored 12 goals for Chelsea this season, three more than he managed in the whole of 2012-13
  • The Belgium international has also provided six assists for the Blues this season
  • Prior to this game, he had embarked on 162 dribbles in the Premier League this season, more than any other player

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.

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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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 08 Lampard
  • 24 Cahill
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 22 Willian (Salah - 78' )
  • 21 Matic
  • 29 Eto'o (Ba - 71' )
  • 11 Oscar
  • 17 Hazard (Schürrle - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Cole
  • 07 Ramires
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 15 Salah
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa - 40' Booked )
  • 36 Dummett
  • 03 Santon
  • 06 Williamson
  • 27 Taylor
  • 10 Ben Arfa (Gosling - 64' )
  • 08 Anita (Marveaux - 84' )
  • 18 de Jong
  • 07 Sissoko Booked
  • 28 Ameobi Booked

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Shots

18 12

On target

8 6

Corners

6 5

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +4:05

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

90:00 +3:39

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

90:00 +3:39

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

90:00 +2:11

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

90:00 +1:02

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

90:00 +0:30

Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

90:00 +0:30

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

89:53

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

89:20 Booking

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

89:12

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

89:12

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

88:58

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

88:35

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

88:25

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

87:49

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

87:49

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

86:50

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.

86:25

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.

85:37

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

84:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Eden Hazard.

83:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sylvain Marveaux replaces Vurnon Anita.

82:14

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

79:09

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

79:09

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

77:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Willian.

76:54

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

73:53

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

72:56

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

72:56

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

70:41 Substitution

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

69:56

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

69:28

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

69:28

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

66:49

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

66:49

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

63:55 Substitution

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

62:56 Goal scored

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

61:38

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

61:38

Penalty conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) after a foul in the penalty area.

61:01

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Tim Krul.

60:57

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

60:10 Booking

Booking Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:57

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:57

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United).

58:30

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

57:48

Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.

56:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:05

Delay in match Tim Krul (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

53:13

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Hatem Ben Arfa.

52:23

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

48:25 Booking

Booking Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:19

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

48:19

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 2, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 2, Newcastle United 0.

44:12

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

43:43

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

43:43

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:03

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Willian.

40:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Mathieu Debuchy because of an injury.

39:30

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Oscar.

39:03

Attempt saved. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

37:51

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

33:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 2, Newcastle United 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o following a fast break.

32:52

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Petr Cech.

32:46

Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Davide Santon with a through ball.

30:04

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

29:21

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:21

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

28:23

Attempt saved. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, Newcastle United 0. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

25:46

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

22:34

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

21:45

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:45

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

18:36

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

16:15

Attempt saved. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

15:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:20

Delay in match Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

13:52

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

13:52

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

10:49

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

8:50

Attempt saved. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

8:12

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

7:29

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

7:29

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:49

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

4:42

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

3:02

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

2:14

Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:14

Foul by Steven Taylor (Newcastle United).

1:18

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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