Friday 24 November 2017

Chelsea v Everton - Story of the match

Eden Hazard stole the show for Chelsea
Eden Hazard stole the show for Chelsea

An Eden Hazard double inspired a brilliant Chelsea to the summit of the Premier League following an emphatic 5-0 victory over Everton on Saturday night.

Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro were also on the scoresheet in a crushing performance from Antonio Conte's side at Stamford Bridge.

Following Manchester City's surprise draw at home to Middlesbrough, the Blues are now back on top of the table for the first time since they were crowned champions in 2015.


"Had to stand up and applaud that Hazard goal. Football at its most beautiful." - Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker) knows a good goal when he sees it.


Eden Hazard

The 25-year-old midfielder controlled the game for 80 minutes, moving the ball quickly through the midfield and his brace helped Chelsea move to the top of the Premier League table.


Chelsea had been building momentum in the run-up to their first goal and Hazard's superb strike from the left-hand side of the box gave the home side even more confidence. The Blues doubled their lead straight from the restart when a brilliant piece of team play saw Alonso's shot go straight through the legs of Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and they never looked back.


Chelsea's performance was as close to perfect as their fans have seen at Stamford Bridge in a long time, but before the game many were expecting Everton to put up much more of a fight than they did. Two goals in two minutes shocked the Toffees and Diego Costa's goal three minutes before half-time put the game to bed. Koeman's half-time team talk momentarily worked as they came out fighting but it was not long before Chelsea overpowered them again. After Chelsea's fifth goal went in, nearly half of the travelling fans left to a loud chorus of "is there a fire drill?"



Thibaut Courtois 6

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

David Luiz 7

Gary Cahill 7

Victor Moses 8

N'Golo Kante 8

Nemanja Matic7

Marcos Alonso 8

Pedro 8

Diego Costa 8

Eden Hazard 9


John Terry (on for Cahill, 84) 5

Oscar (on for Pedro, 71) 6

Michy Batshuayi (on for Hazard, 80) 6


Maarten Stekelenburg 4

Seamus Coleman 5

Phil Jagielka 6

Ashley Williams 5

Ramiro Funes Mori 6

Bryan Oviedo 5

Gareth Barry 5

Tom Cleverley 5

Ross Barkley 6

Yannick Bolasie 5

Romelu Lukaku 6


Tom Davies (on for Barry, 66 minutes) 5

Kevin Mirallas (on for Oviedo, 36) 5

Aaron Lennon (on for Bolasie, 60) 5


Middlesbrough v Chelsea (Premier League, Sunday November 20)

Everton v Swansea (Premier League, Saturday November 19)

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