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Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea

Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League as goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres gave them victory over a resilient Hull at the KC Stadium.

With Manchester City playing on Sunday and Arsenal on Monday, the Blues took advantage with their eighth win in their past 10 league games.

Hazard opened the scoring 11 minutes after the break when he fired a low strike past Allan McGregor.

Mourinho hails 'solid' Blues

Torres added a second with another low shot, from 18 yards, to seal the win.

And with goalkeeper Petr Cech beating Peter Bonetti's club record with his 209th clean sheet, Chelsea showed they are in a good position to push title challengers City and Arsenal all the way.

That said, apart from twice picking the ball out of net and one remarkable save from Oscar, McGregor had little to do.

And Hull manager Steve Bruce will be happy with how few chances the visitors had at the KC Stadium, where his team had only conceded six goals this season prior to today.

However, they were made to realise the cream of the Premier League can make the most of what little they do create.

And in the case of Chelsea, they have two magicians who can punish the most disciplined of defences - Juan Mata, who was on the bench, and Hazard.

Hull had one of those days - Bruce

Mourinho has rightly eulogised about Hazard, who joined the club in 2012, and this week dismissed reports Paris St-Germain wanted to sign him.

The Belgian forward scored his 11th goal of the season in typically dazzling style. The move was started by David Luiz, who drove towards goal before passing to Ashley Cole. The England left-back's deft flick set Hazard free, and he ran along the edge of the area and feigned to shoot before his brilliant strike beat McGregor to his left.

The visitors should have added a second when Brazil forward Oscar, who forced a great save from McGregor in the first half, nonchalantly tried to place the ball past the keeper from eight yards, but instead saw his shot blocked by Curtis Davies.

Chelsea made sure of the victory with three minutes left of normal time, when Torres, who had been well marshalled, raced towards the area before shooting into the bottom corner.

Hull only forced Cech into making two good saves - from long-range Ahmed Elmohamady and Jake Livermore efforts in the first half.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

"We want to win the league if we can and hopefully clean sheets will help us achieve our targets.

"Now we're top of the league for the first time in a long time and hopefully we can stay there.

"We hope to keep going. We are getting better and today was a very difficult game. But we were very solid and good in attack and that's why we score goals."

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"If we're being honest it was arguably our poorest performance against one of the big teams.

"When you play against the big teams you have to play really well. Today we didn't pass it well enough and kept giving away possession

"Our goalkeeper made great saves to keep us in it. They are a wonderful side and have just gone top of the league."

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Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 3FigueroaBooked at 82mins
  • 6Davies
  • 4Bruce
  • 5ChesterSubstituted forFryattat 77'minutes
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forKorenat 67'minutes
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 69mins
  • 20Sagbo
  • 17BoydSubstituted forQuinnat 83'minutes
  • 8Huddlestone


  • 2Rosenior
  • 9Graham
  • 10Koren
  • 12Fryatt
  • 22Harper
  • 23Faye
  • 29Quinn


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cech
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 3Cole
  • 7Santos do NascimentoSubstituted forEssienat 90'minutes
  • 24CahillBooked at 66mins
  • 26Terry
  • 22WillianSubstituted forSchürrleat 88'minutes
  • 4David Luiz
  • 9Torres
  • 11OscarSubstituted forMikelat 79'minutes
  • 17E Hazard


  • 5Essien
  • 10Mata
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 29Eto'o
  • 34Bertrand
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, Chelsea 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Chelsea 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Michael Essien replaces Ramires.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Willian.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 0, Chelsea 2. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces George Boyd.

  12. Booking

    Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Oscar.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).

  18. Post update

    Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces James Chester.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

As It Stood

3Man City20142457233444
7Man Utd21114635241137
11Aston Villa206591925-623
14West Brom214982328-521
17West Ham2146112130-918
20Crystal Palace2152141331-1817
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