Hazard leads Chelsea to 3-0 win over West Brom in EPL
London, Feb 13 (IANS) Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard scored a brace here to take defending champions Chelsea to a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion as the defending champions jumped to the fourth spot in the English Premier League.
Yet the contest at the Stamford Bridge on Monday was not as lopsided as the score would indicate, with last-placed West Brom playing like a team determined to avoid relegation, reports Efe.
The Antonio Conte-coached Chelsea, who began the match in fifth-place after two straight losses, were not impressive during the opening minutes.
The visitors showed surprising ambition on offence, even after losing striker Daniel Sturridge to injury in the fourth minute.
It was only after the Baggies twice threatened the Chelsea goal that the hosts seemed to become fully engaged, allowing the vast difference in talent between the two sides to become evident.
Hazard led the way, putting the Blues up 1-0 in the 25th minute with an assist from French striker Olivier Giroud, making his first start since coming over from fellow London club Arsenal.