Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Chelsea stays in first

- By Jack Bezantis

LONDON >> Eden Hazard converted a second-half penalty as Chelsea beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Saturday to remain four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal and Southampto­n also won, but Liverpool’s inconsiste­nt start to the season continued with an away loss to Newcastle.

Oscar put Jo se Mourinho’s Chelsea side ahead on 32 minutes with a sublime finish across the goal, but Charlie Austin hauled QPR level with a clever back-heeled flick.

Hazard was then fouled by Eduardo Vargas, and the Belgium internatio­nal won the game from the penalty spot.

But Chelsea manager Mourinho was not impressed with the performanc­e from his team.

“I don’t think we played a very complete game like we normally do,” Mourinho said. “We had a fantastic reaction at 1-1 but if we play better, we win the game with different numbers. They had very good defensive organizati­on.”

QPR manager Harry Redknapp felt aggrieved at the decision to award Chelsea a penalty, and praised the effort from his team at Stamford Bridge.

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