Chelsea moved up to third in the Premier League table thanks to Eden Hazard’s brace in a 2-0 victory over West Ham.
Hazard scored midway through the first half after a solo run, before finally ending the contest in the 90th minute with a well-taken winner.
West Ham had threatened during the second-half, with the home side unable to put the game to bed until their Belgian again showed just what they will be missing should he leave this summer.
Hazard produced a moment of magic to break the deadlock in the 24th minute.
He picked the ball around 30 yards from the West Ham goal but expertly jinked his way past four defenders to work his way into the penalty area before sliding his shot into the bottom corner.
Gonzalo Higuain almost doubled Chelsea’s lead just three minutes later when Hazard played a terrific pass over the visiting defence for the striker and forced a save from Lukasz Fabianski and onto the near post from a tight angle.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, starting successive Premier League matches for the first time found space on the right wing before sprinting past Angelo Ogbonna to force Fabianski to tip over the bar.
Chelsea went close again from the resulting corner as the West Ham goalkeeper failed to deal with Hazard’s set-piece but Antonio Rudiger could not pounce on the loose ball.
And Higuain had a glorious chance to put the hosts 2-0 up two minutes before the break when he brought down N’Golo Kante’s cross on his chest in the area, only to see his powerful volley somehow deflects wide from a superb Ryan Fredericks block.
West Ham then almost levelled with their first meaningful attack of the match.
Felipe Anderson set Marko Arnautovic free down the right wing before the Austria international cut the ball back for Manuel Lanzini, but he could only shoot straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga.
At the other end, Ruben Loftus-Cheek then broke into the West Ham penalty area but curled his effort into the hands of Fabianski before the midfielder fired high and wide with another chance moments later.
Declan Rice blazed high and wide as West Ham pushed for an equaliser in the final 15 minutes but Hazard was on hand again to ease Chelsea nerves and fire them into third.- Advertisement -