Hazard, Costa fire Chelsea past West Ham

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  • Post published:March 6, 2017

Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 2-1 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Monday evening.

The Blues got off to a good start and took the lead in the 29th minute when Eden Hazard was played through on goal before rounding West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph before sliding the ball into the back of the net.

Chelsea started to dominate possession while Diego Costa got more and more involved in the Blues attack, while the Hammers struggled to carve out any chances at goal.

West Ham came close to finding an equalising goal in the 40th minute when captain Mark Noble played Manuel Lanzini through on goal before the Argentine blazed his effort high over the target.

A minute later, the Blues nearly doubled their lead when Hazard races clear on the left before crossing the ball for Costa, who cannot turn a shot towards goal, while Moses had his rebound shot blocked by Cresswell before Randolph produced a fine save to deny Pedro’s follow-up.

However, in the first 45 minutes of the match, Chelsea went into the half time interval with a 1-0 lead over their London rivals West Ham.

Chelsea came out firing in the second half and doubled their lead in the 50th minute when Costa put the ball into the back of the net from close-range from a resulting corner to make it 2-0.

Four minutes later, West had a chance at goal when Andy Carroll did well to bring the ball down under pressure from David Luiz before turning to shoot from 25 yards but his effort just clips the top of the net.

Antonio Conte’s side came close to adding a third in the 68th minute when Hazard nudged a pass through to Costa, who spins and forced Randolph into making a fine save following his low shot at goal.

The Hammers had another chance at goal in the 71st minute when Obiang unleashed a shot at goal but saw his effort guided wide of the target.

Chelsea once again came close to grabbing a third goal in the 81st minute when substitute Willian played a pass to Cesc Fabregas before the midfielder unleashed a shot at goal from outside the box but he blazed his effort over the crossbar.

The Hammers did eventually pull a goal back in stoppage time when the ball breaks to Lanzini before he drilled the ball past Courtois to make it 2-1.

However, Chelsea held on to their 2-1 lead until the final whistle as they now move 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

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