Haz­ard hat trick sends Blues to top of the ta­ble


Sunday Sun - - Football -

CHELSEA climbed to the top of the Premier League ta­ble af­ter Eden Haz­ard’s hat-trick in­spired Mau­r­izio Sarri’s side to a 4-1 come­back vic­tory over Cardiff.

Cardiff took a shock lead in the 16th minute when Sol Bamba bun­dled in from close-range af­ter Sean Mor­ri­son had headed the ball into his path.

Chelsea pulled them­selves level in the 37th minute when Haz­ard burst up the field be­fore fir­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner from just out­side the area.

Haz­ard was on the score­sheet again two min­utes be­fore the break.

And the Bel­gian for­ward com­pleted his h a t - t r i c k from the p e n a l t y spot in the 80th minute af­ter Wil­lian had been fouled in the box, be­fore Wil­lian put the ic­ing on the cake when he un­leashed a fierce strike into the top cor­ner two min­utes later.

Liver­pool also main­tained their 100 per cent league record with a 2-1 vic­tory over in­jury-hit Tottenham in the day’s early kick­off at Wembley.

Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum and Roberto Firmino scored Liver­pool’s goals ei­ther side of the break, with Spurs goal­keeper Michel Vorm at fault for both strikes.

David Silva scored his 50th Premier League goal for Manch­ester City as they cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory over Ful­ham.

Bournemouth moved up to fifth in the ta­ble af­ter record­ing a thump­ing 4-2 vic­tory over 10-man Le­ices­ter.

Wil­fried Zaha scored on his re­turn from in­jury as Crys­tal Palace edged past Hud­der­s­field 1-0.

Palace tal­is­man Zaha put them in front seven min­utes be­fore half-time when he bounded into the box be­fore strik­ing the ball into the top cor­ner.

The home side came close to find­ing an equaliser when Aaron Mooy hit the post in the 59th minute but Palace held on to se­cure all three points. NEW­CAS­TLE United have now en­dured their worst home start to a top flight season in 30 years af­ter los­ing three suc­ces­sive home matches. The Mag­pies’ pal­try tally of just one point from 15 is also equal with their worst ever start in a Premier League cam­paign. Ciaran Clark’s late goal proved to be no more than a con­so­la­tion against the Gun­ners on a day in wh cas­tle failed to make the most of their pos­i­tive first half spells of pos­ses­sion.

Toon play­ers trudged off the field with the club still in the bot­tom three but the gloomy scenes at St James’ Park hadn’t looked on the cards at half-time af­ter a pretty up­beat per­for­mance.

There were also fresh protests against owner Mike Ash­ley be­fore the game out­side the club shop and in the stands on a dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­noon for Rafa Ben­itez.

In truth, Ash­ley’s lack of sum­mer in­vest­ment is now shin­ing through but United did not make life easy for them­selves on the pitch.

Sadly, New­cas­tle lack that lit­tle bit of ex­tra qual­ity and so have now slipped to nar­row 2-1 losses to Arse­nal, Spurs, Chelsea and Man City in the first five games of the season.

The Mag­pies made a pos­i­tive start to the game as they tested Arse­nal with a se­ries of balls into the fi­nal third with Matt Ritchie the chief tor­men­tor in the open­ing ex­changes.

On 10 min­utes a Ritchie cor­ner was headed across the six­yard box by Ja­maal Las­celles just un­able to pick out Ay­oze Perez as Shko­dran Mustafi scram­bled clear.

The vis­i­tors barely threat­ened in the first 15 min­utes and even when Mezut Ozil re­leased Hec­tor Bel­lerin down the right, Paul Dum­mett got across to block with a text­book chal­lenge.

With 21 min­utes on the clock Shko­dran Mustafi’s slip-up

SHOTS ON TAR­GET SHOTS OFF TAR­GET COR­NERS FOULS POS­SES­SIONCiaran Clark scores a con­so­la­tion goal for United, right; Ay­oze Perez is closed down by an army of Arse­nal play­ers, bot­tom right; Paul Dum­mett clears the ball and left, Rafa Ben­itez watches from the touch­line

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