Haz­ard reaches mile­stone in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Wa ord

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

CHELSEA tal­is­man Eden Haz­ard be­came the 10th player to score 100 goals for the club when his dou­ble clinched a 2-1 win at Wat­ford in the English Premier League on Wed­nes­day.

Coach Mau­r­izio Sarri crit­i­cized Chelsea’s play­ers after Satur­day’s shock home loss against Le­ices­ter and they pro­duced the re­ac­tion he was look­ing for at Vicarage Road.

Brazil play­maker Wil­lian hit the post from an acute an­gle after round­ing goal­keeper Ben Fos­ter be­fore Haz­ard showed his team­mate how it should be done in first-half stop­page time.

Haz­ard was sent rac­ing clear of the Wat­ford de­fense and slot­ted the ball into an empty net after drib­bling his way round Fos­ter.

Fourth-placed Chelsea was rocked by an equal­izer on the stroke of half­time, though. The vis­i­tors cleared a cor­ner to the edge of the penalty area and Roberto Pereyra drilled a fine vol­ley low into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

David Luiz then es­caped with­out pun­ish­ment for a ro­bust chal­lenge in the area on Wat­ford’s for­mer Barcelona winger Ger­ard Deulofeu.

Ref­eree Martin Atkin­son looked more kindly on Haz­ard when he col­lided with Fos­ter in the 58th minute and the Bel­gium for­ward picked him­self up to score from the penalty spot.

Haz­ard could also have had two as­sists late on, but Wil­lian missed a good chance and N’golo Kante drilled his shot wide after go­ing through one-on-one with Fos­ter.

“Scor­ing 101 goals with this club is amaz­ing, some­thing I will never for­get,” Haz­ard said. “Now I want to score more for this club and try to be a le­gend like Frank Lam­pard, Di­dier Drogba and John Terry.”

Wat­ford’s de­feat left them ninth in the stand­ings. – AP

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