Bouremouth 1-4 Chelsea Eden Hazard’s first Premier League goals of the season helped Chelsea ...
Bouremouth 1-4 Chelsea
Eden Hazard’s first Premier League goals of the season helped Chelsea to a 4-1 win over Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Cesc Fabregas’s inch-perfect through-balls teed up strikes for Pedro and Willian, while his astute flick round the corner let fit-again Hazard drill home from 20 yards.
At the death another sumptuous Fabregas flick let Nemanja Matic square into the box for Hazard to tap home his second goal and cement the visitors’ victory.
John Obi Mikel endured an uncomfortable afternoon as a makeshift centre-back, such was Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink’s reluctance to start Matthew Miazga.
In a dusty basement next to videos of the loch ness monster and bigfoot, someone has found footage of a Hazard goal pic.twitter.com/2VrS6phGrQ— WantMyBet? (@wantmybet) April 23, 2016
Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle
Rafael Benitez inspired a second-half fightback as Newcastle claimed what could be a precious point with a 2-2 draw at Liverpool.
The Spaniard is still fondly remembered at Anfield for the 2005 Champions League final when the Reds recovered from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan, but the locals were less enamoured with this effort.
Trailing to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana at the interval the Magpies salvaged a valuable point in their battle against relegation thanks to strikes from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback.
They are still a point from safety, having played one match more than 17th-placed Norwich, but having looked out of the game after 45 minutes this result may turn out to have a galvanising effect.
The drama on the pitch matched that off it as Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho’s failed drugs test for an apparent ‘fat-burning’ substance grabbed the pre-match headlines.
Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton
Southampton breezed to a 4-2 victory against wretched Aston Villa as supporters continued to turn on the relegated hosts.
Awful defending gifted Shane Long and Dusan Tadic first-half goals before Tadic bagged his second after the break and Sadio Mane netted at the death.
Ashley Westwood’s double spared Villa outright humiliation, although Southampton dominated for long spells with Long and Virgil van Dijk hitting the woodwork.
Villa, who are dropping out of the top flight for the first time since 1987, are now a game away from equalling their club record losing streak of 11 from 1962-63 after a 10th straight defeat.
Manchester City 4-0 Stoke
Manchester City warmed up for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid by thumping Stoke 4-0 at the Etihad.
The victory takes City above Arsenal into third, before the Gunners face Sunderland on Sunday.
Iheanacho (64 and 74) helped himself to a second-half brace to secure the victory against a Stoke side who have now conceded four goals in each of their last three matches.