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Hazard Scores First Goal Of The Season As Chelsea Defeats Bournemouth

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored his first goal of the season which was enough to give the defending champions victory over Bournemouth and move them into fourth in the Premier League.

The Belgian hit a firm shot past Asmir Begovic at the Cherries goalkeeper’s near post after defender Simon Francis failed to cut out a ball over the top.

Begovic had pulled off a fine save in the first half to deny Alvaro Morata, who also found the net only to see Cesar Azpilicueta flagged for offside.

The hosts failed to manage a shot on target until Steve Cook’s effort in the 92nd minute and remain one place off the foot of the table.

Had Cesc Fabregas converted a chance late in the game, it would have given the scoreline a fairer reflection of Chelsea’s dominance, but they still moved back above Arsenal on goal difference.

“I think we deserved to win because we played good football. When you have a lot of chances to score, I think you must do it.

“To keep the result to only 1-0 can be dangerous. I think today that if I have to find a negative aspect, we could be more clinical.

“We must be pleased for the clean sheet. It’s OK when you don’t concede a goal, it means you are finding solidity which is very important for a team like Chelsea. We played a good game with a good balance and finally I think we deserved to win,”┬áChelsea manager Antonio Conte said.

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