Hazard scores in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat of Brighton

Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea
Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea

EDEN HAZARD ended his goal drought to Chelsea kept up their perfect record against Brighton.

The Belgian superstar dazzled in the first half, setting up Pedro’s early opener before clinically doubling the lead on 33 minutes.

It was his first goal since October 7 – a run of 12 games for club and country.

Albion grabbed one back after the break through Solly March’s close-range finish.

But it was not enough to avoid defeat – meaning the Blues have won all SEVEN of their league meetings against their South-Coast hosts.

In fact you have to go back to 1933 for the last time the Seagulls beat Chelsea and that was in an FA Cup match.

Hazard was deployed as a false nine as he was in the 2-0 win over Manchester City, with Olivier Giroud on the bench and Alvaro Morata out with a knee injury.

The Real Madrid target was unstoppable in the first half and created the opener with a brilliant cutback across the face of goal to hand Pedro an easy tap-in.

Hazard then netted his first league goal of the season without Giroud on the pitch by sprinting onto Willian’s through ball and firing past Matty Ryan.

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He almost had another assist in the second half when laying back to Marcos Alonso, but the left-back cracked the post with a brilliant drive.

Albion improved in the final 30 minutes and did grab one back when Bernardo nodded down Pascal Gross’ cross – and there was March to turn home.

But it was not enough to prevent another defeat to Chelsea – which is becoming as much of one of life’s guarantees as death and taxes.

Brighton felt Alonso should have been sent off in the final minutes as he took down March, claiming he denied a goal-scoring opportunity – but ref Stuart Attwell only awarded a yellow.

All ears were focused on the away fans after the alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling last weekend and the antisemitic chants in Budapest on Thursday – but there did not appear to be any trouble.

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