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Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
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.

'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.

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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Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 3Cole
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 15Salah
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15Gosling
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 22Marveaux
  • 23Ameobi
  • 43A Armstrong
Howard Webb

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.

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7Man Utd24124839291040
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18West Brom25411102937-823
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