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Sunday 18 March 2018

Bournemouth v Chelsea - story of the match

Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game
Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game

Eden Hazard's first Premier League goal of the season saw Chelsea ease to a 1-0 win at Bournemouth.

The Belgium playmaker's smart strike ensured Chelsea just about kept in touch with the league's pacesetters, though the champions still trail leaders Manchester City by nine points.

Hazard rescued his side after a host of missed chances and an incorrectly disallowed goal for Alvaro Morata from Cesar Azpilicueta being ruled offside in error.

Tweet of the match

"That's our first clean sheet in seven and moves us back into fourth place in the Premier League with 10 games played. Roma next. #BOUCHE" - Chelsea's official Twitter account (@ChelseaFC).

Star man - Eden Hazard

In a game low on quality and high on errors, Hazard kept his nerve when it mattered most. The Belgian caught out Asmir Begovic at the near post for the winner, securing a vital win on the road for Antonio Conte's defending Premier League champions.

Stat of the day

Eden Hazard has now scored three goals in his last three games for Chelsea in all competitions - as many as in his previous 17.

Bakayoko gets the blues to salute his club

Tiemoue Bakayoko is an imposing enough figure, even before dyeing his hair to stand out still further. The French midfielder vowed to dye his hair blue once he had scored his first goal for the Blues. And now he has made good on that promise, following his Premier League strike in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Player ratings

Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic 4, Simon Francis 4, Steve Cook 5, Nathan Ake 5, Andrew Surman 5, Charlie Daniels 7, Adam Smith 5, Lewis Cook 5, Junior Stanislas 6, Jermain Defoe 5, Benik Afobe 4. Subs: Jordon Ibe 5 (for Defoe, 45mins), Mark Pugh 5 (for Stanislas, 62).

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 7, Antonio Rudiger 7, Marcos Alonso 6, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, David Luiz 5, Davide Zappacosta 6, Tiemoue Bakayoko 6, Cesc Fabregas 7, Pedro 6, Eden Hazard 8, Alvaro Morata 5. Subs: Danny Drinkwater 5 (for Pedro, 78), Michy Batshuayi 5 (for Morata, 78), Willian 6 (for Hazard, 84).

Who's up next?

Newcastle v Bournemouth (Premier League, November 4)

Roma v Chelsea (Champions League, October 31)

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