Saturday, 28 October 2017

Eden Hazard secured blues Victory over Bournemouth

Eden Hazard secured blues Victory over Bournemouth

Eden Hazard's second-half strike secured a 1-0 win for Chelsea against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
The visitors went close several times in the first half before Hazard flashed a near-post finish past Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on 51 minutes.
Bournemouth created little but their best opening came when substitute Jordon Ibe saw his left-footed effort deflect narrowly over Thibaut Courtois' crossbar.
The result means Chelsea sit fourth, nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, while Bournemouth remain 19th having taken just seven points from their opening 10 games.

Match Report

9: CHANCE! Chelsea are picking up the pace now! Pedro bursts away from Ake in the midfield area and drives towards the box, unleashing a shot from 22 yards - but it's well over the bar.
15: TACKLE! Rudiger's great pass is right in stride for Zappacosta but Ake times his challenge perfectly, playing the ball back off the Chelsea right-back for a Bournemouth goal kick. If that was a fraction off it was a Chelsea penalty.
17: CHANCE! Huge opportunity! Stanislas slips in Afobe, who has Daniels available on the left side of the area. Afobe just needs to roll it to his team-mate but completely over-hits the pass, forcing Daniels wide. The Cherries man still manages to dig out a cross, forcing a Chelsea corner.
But that was a big wasted chance for the home side.
24: HUGE MISS! A disastrous clearance by Begovic lands straight at the feet of Hazard, who finds Morata in the box. The Spain international looks set to tuck away the opener but puts his effort the wrong side of the post.
A big, big let off for Bournemouth...
26: SAVE! Bakayoko rises well over Surman to plant a header on goal but it's straight at Begovic. You sense Chelsea are getting closer to opening up this Bournemouth defence...
28: NO GOAL! Chelsea have the ball in the net but it won't count! They work a short corner, Hazard finds Luiz and the defender's shot takes a deflection before falling to Azpilicueta, who appears to be offside. Begovic smothers his effort and it breaks to Morata, who tucks it home from close range.
But the assistant's flag goes up for Azpilicueta - a look at the replay suggests he may have been level. A very tight call...
34: SAVE! A super stop by Begovic denies Morata! It's a great move from Chelsea as the ball is fizzed into Hazard and his first touch is immaculate, laying the ball off to Morata. The striker turns brilliantly in the box away from Francis and seems set to score but Begovic rushes out to make the save.
44: BLOCK! Cook gets his body in front of Fabregas with the Chelsea midfielder poised to pull the trigger following good work in the box by Hazard and Pedro. Conte can't believe it on the touch-line, he looks very frustrated.
51: GOAL! BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 CHELSEA (Hazard)
Bournemouth were defending doggedly...but that was poor all round.
Morata picks the pass to Hazard but Francis completely miskicks his attempted clearance, allowing the Belgian on goal.
It's still a narrow angle and you fancy Begovic to stand tall but the goalkeeper leaves his near post open and Hazard fires it home.
57: CLOSE! There's your answer - they can hurt Chelsea! Stanislas gets a little lucky to bundle his way past Luiz and he tees up Ibe. The substitute comes inside onto his left foot and fires narrowly over the bar.
It actually took a deflection for a Bournemouth corner but Chelsea clear their lines.
64: CHANCE! More good football by Chelsea. Hazard finds the run of Pedro in the box and the Spaniard returns the favour, cutting back and teeing up Hazard, who leans back and spoons over the bar.
75: BLOCK! Ibe squares up Rudiger and gets to the byline, firing a low cross towards Wilson but Azpilicueta is there to deny the substitute. Strong defending.
83: CLOSE! Hazard delays his pass in the Bournemouth box, waiting for the overlapping Fabregas, who blazes over from a tight angle. He should have done better.
90+3: SAVE! Bournemouth finally create a proper opening! Surman drives into the box and the ball breaks to Cook, who whips an effort on the turn. It's straight at Courtois, though.