Tuesday 12 December 2017

Chelsea v Manchester City - story of the match

Chelsea's Eden Hazard was the star of the show
Chelsea's Eden Hazard was the star of the show

Eden Hazard scored twice to ensure Chelsea remain in control of the title race with a 2-1 win over Manchester City.

The Belgian was helped by some generous goalkeeping from Willy Caballero as he slotted in the opener, before Sergio Aguero pulled one back after a Thibaut Courtois error.

But Hazard scored the winner when he tucked in the rebound after Caballero kept out his penalty to keep Chelsea seven points clear at the top.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"What a great game to watch. Great start for Chelsea @hazardeden10." Former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack enjoying the action.

STAR MAN

Hazard. Stepped up to the plate to ensure Chelsea's blip against Crystal Palace did not turn into a full-blown wobble. Two goals, albeit both with a little help from Caballero, capped another all-action display from the Belgian.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

City keeper Caballero guessed right and kept out Hazard's weak penalty low to his left, but could only palm the ball back across goal to the feet of the Belgium star, who gratefully lashed in the rebound.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

City's third kit put in a surprise appearance and received a somewhat unfavourable response on Twitter, with many spotting the resemblance between the orange and purple combination and a Double Decker chocolate bar.

RATINGS

Chelsea:

Thibaut Courtois 6

Kurt Zouma 6

David Luiz 7

Gary Cahill 6

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

N'Golo Kante 7

Cesc Fabregas 6

Marcos Alonso 6

Pedro 7

Diego Costa 6

Eden Hazard 8

Substitutes:

Nemanja Matic (for Zouma, 46) 6

Willian (for Fabregas, 80) 5

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (for Hazard, 90) 5

Manchester City:

Willy Caballero 4

Gael Clichy 5

John Stones 6

Vincent Kompany 6

Fernandinho 5

Fabian Delph 6

Leroy Sane 7

David Silva 6

Kevin De Bruyne 6

Jesus Navas 5

Sergio Aguero 7

Substitutes:

Raheem Sterling (for De Bruyne, 79) 5

Nolito (for Sane, 85) 5

Who's up next?

Bournemouth v Chelsea (Premier League, Apr 8)

Manchester City v Hull (Premier League, Apr 8)

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