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Hazard scores twice as Chelsea beat Newcastle

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard scored Chelsea’s first penalty in the Premier League this season

Eden Hazard scored twice in a brilliant display as Chelsea beat Newcastle to draw level on points with second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League.

On his return to the starting XI, Hazard fired the Blues level with an angled strike after Dwight Gayle’s poked effort had given the Magpies a surprise lead.

Striker Alvaro Morata made it 2-1 to the hosts when he headed in from close range following Victor Moses’ driven cross.

Hazard made sure of Chelsea’s 10th league win of the season with a penalty after Matt Ritchie fouled Moses in the area.

Hazard leads by example

Chelsea’s victory moved them to within eight points of unbeaten leaders Manchester City.

And if they are to make it a three-team title race, keeping Hazard in peak condition could be key.

Nine shots, six on target, and two goals underlined why, of all manager Antonio Conte’s riches, it is the former Premier League Player of the Year he cannot do without.

It was Hazard who brought Chelsea level after they were handed an early jolt by Newcastle.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s ball from the right was blocked by Florian Lejeune but the loose ball found its way to the Belgium international, who smashed in his seventh goal in 10 games.

The home side then took control and led 12 minutes before half-time when Moses, who like Hazard was brought back into the line-up, fired a cross in the direction of Morata. The Spain international nodded in from barely a yard out.

Newcastle, perhaps fearful of a capitulation similar to the one they had at Old Trafford recently, sat back after the break.

However, Chelsea still found gaps and won a penalty when Ritchie brought down Moses. The unflappable Hazard dinked the resulting spot-kick past Karl Darlow.

The Magpies keeper then denied the Belgian a hat-trick when he stuck out a hand to claw away a shot.

Hazard was substituted to a standing ovation moments later. It was the least he deserved.

Newcastle slip again after promising start

Defeat at Stamford Bridge means it is now no wins in six for Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle.

Asked in a post-match interview why that was the case, the Spaniard replied: “It’s the Premier League.”

Just as they had in the opening quarter of last month’s match at Manchester United, the Magpies took the lead.

Gayle, who started in place of Joselu, tapped in after following up Thibaut Courtois’ parry from Jacob Murphy’s shot.

Then, once again, the difference in quality began to show.

The usually reliable Ritchie conceded a penalty and made a mistake for Chelsea’s second, midfielder Mikel Merino misplaced passes, and bar his goal Gayle only had one other touch in the Chelsea box.

Newcastle can assert their authority in games but appear not to have the players to sustain it.

They remain five points clear of the relegation zone but come January could easily find themselves in yet another dogfight.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 1.

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 1.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Chelsea).

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by N’Golo Kanté.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United).

Substitution, Newcastle United. DeAndre Yedlin replaces Mikel Merino.

Attempt blocked. Victor Moses (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

Substitution, Chelsea. Gary Cahill replaces Andreas Christensen.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Eden Hazard.

Substitution, Chelsea. Tiemoué Bakayoko replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.

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

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Goal! Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Chelsea. Victor Moses draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a through ball.

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

Attempt missed. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mohamed Diamé.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

Attempt saved. Victor Moses (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

Offside, Newcastle United. Chancel Mbemba tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by N’Golo Kanté.

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mikel Merino.

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

Foul by Mikel Merino (Newcastle United).

Foul by Victor Moses (Chelsea).

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