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VIDEO: Pedro scores stunning goal for Chelsea

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Not a bad way to start the Premier League weekend…

12 minutes into the first game of Matchweek 9, Chelsea’s Pedro curled home a stunning effort into the far corner and off the far post after a corner was played short to him.

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A simply stunning goal from the Spaniard which you can watch in the video above.

Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea: Clinical Morata buries Potters

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Alvaro Morata scored his first Premier League hat trick as part of a dominant display as Chelsea punished mistake-ridden Stoke City 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Pedro scored the Blues’ other goal, and Chelsea moved third in the league with 13 points.

Stoke sits 15th with five points, one ahead of the drop zone.

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It was a ruthless start from the Blues, with Tiemoue Bakayoko starting a charge with N'Golo Kante that led to Alvaro Morata 1v1 with an indecisive Jack Butland. There was only one result, as the saying goes, with Morata sliding a clinical finish beyond the splayed Butland in the second minute.

Stoke didn’t shrink away, though, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was again a threat for the Potters.

Pedro made it 2-0 off a miscue from Potters’ skipper Darren Fletcher, who chested the Spaniard through on goal.

Stoke had a chance to answer back when Bakayoko gave away a foul atop the arc, but Xherdan Shaqiri‘s effort hit the wall and went out for a corner.

Mame Biram Diouf missed an overhead kick in the 43rd minute as the Potters kept searching for a way back into the match.

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Stoke fans were living when Marcos Alonso nearly took a second yellow card in the 53rd minute, let off the hook by Mike Dean.

But Morata took his next chance very, very well, forcing a turnover and racing past Fletcher before making a difficult finish look simple. His hat trick goal was much easier, a tap-in past Butland.

Batshuayi bags brace, Chelsea hangs six

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  • Zappacosta scores beauty
  • Batshuayi nabs two
  • Three others score
  • Courtois gets assist

Michy Batshuayi bagged a brace as Chelsea pounded UEFA Champions League group stage debutants Qarabag at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Cesar Azpilicueta also scored for the Blues. Both Zappacosta and Bakayoko added assists on Batshuayi’s goals.

Chelsea had starters Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Victor Moses, and Eden Hazard on the bench, and only Hazard appeared as a sub.

The Azerbaijan visitors move on to host Roma on Sept. 27, while Chelsea heads to the Vicente Calderon for a date with Atletico Madrid.

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The early lead came Chelsea’s way via corner kick, with Willian pulling the corner to the top of the arc and Pedro spinning the ball through traffic to make it 1-0.

Then Zappacosta made sure Chelsea fans would remember his first start for a while, dashing down the right flank and curling a shot home from outside the right corner of the 18. Courtois played the outlet for an  assist.

Azpilicueta netted 10 minutes into the second half, cued up by Cesc Fabregas’ outside of the boot cross following a short-played free kick from Willian.

Bakayoko turned provider for Batshuayi’s first, while Zappacosta assisted Batshuayi’s second to make it 6-0 in the 82nd minute.

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UCL AT HALF: Chelsea, Man Utd lead; Neymar nets for PSG (video)

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Two Premier League sides are home as the group stage of the UEFA Champions League begins its multi-month run on Tuesday.

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Chelsea 2-0 Qarabag

It did not take long for the Blues to take an expected lead on their visitors from Azerbaijan, with Willian playing a corner kick that Pedro blasted into the roof of the goal.

Then Davide Zappacosta, making his first Chelsea start, dribbled down the right flank before scoring a sensational curling effort from outside the far right corner of the 18.

Olympiacos 0-3 Sporting Lisbon

Seydou Doumbia put the Portuguese visitors ahead in the second minute. Cape Verde attacker Gelson Martins made it 2-0 just over 10 minutes later, and Bruno Fernandes has also scored for Sporting.

Manchester United 1-0 Basel

Paul Pogba pulled up with a leg injury and had to leave the rainy contest before the 20 minute mark. Marouane Fellaini replaced the Frenchman, and connected with the cross of fellow longtime Premier League veteran Ashley Young to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute.

Barcelona 1-0 Juventus

A solid save from Gianluigi Buffon on Luis Suarez kept the hosts off the scoreboard, but Lionel Messi was sure to have Barca in front when the halftime whistle blew at the Camp Nou.

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Bayern Munich 1-0 Anderlecht

As if Bayern needed help from its Belgian visitors, a 11th minute red card to Anderlecht was met by a 12th minute penalty kick goal from Robert Lewandowski.

Celtic 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar scored, and set up Kylian Mbappe for another, and Edinson Cavani won and converted a penalty as each member of PSG’s trident (KEN?) have scored at Celtic Park.

Neymar struck first to kick off his UCL career at PSG in style.

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Roma 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Benfica 0-0 CSKA Moscow

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea: Gunners win Community Shield on penalties

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Victor Moses scored 47 seconds into the second half to put Chelsea in front, but Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac hit back with nine minutes remaining to even things up and send the game into a penalty shootout which the Gunners won 4-2 to take home the silverware.

The first chance fell to Arsenal in the 6th minute, as Alex Iwobi dribbled to the byline and fed the middle for Alexandre Lacazette, but his cutback was too pacey and the Frenchman couldn’t direct it on net from point-blank range. The Gunners continued to threaten minutes later as Hector Bellerin chipped the back line with Danny Welbeck in on goal, but his header was right at Thibaut Courtois.

Arsenal continued to take advantage of uncharacteristic spaces in Chelsea’s defense. Lacazette looked to bend a shot into the corner in the 23rd minute but struck the post.

There was a break in play on the half-hour mark as Per Mertesacker took an elbow straight to the nose from Gary Cahill while battling for a 50/50 ball in the air. The big German had to come off with his face bleeding profusely, and as Arsenal was without a true central defender on the bench, they were forced to bring in Sead Kolasinac in Mertesacker’s place.

With the Gunners the better team in the first half, Chelsea struck within seconds of the halftime restart. Off a corner, a poor clearance by Xhaka led Gary Cahill to head back into the box, and Moses got free behind the defense to poke home for a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute.

With Chelsea in front, Arsenal looked to break the Blues down. Arsene Wenger brought on Olivier Giroud in the 66th minute for Lacazette, while Antonio Conte countered with new signing Alvaro Morata. Xhaka had a go on net from distance with 15 minutes to go, and forced a fabulous save by Courtois with the ball destined for the top corner.

With 11 minutes to go, Pedro was given a straight red card for a nasty tackle down the back of Elneny’s ankle, and Arsenal wasted no time pulling back level with the man advantage, scoring on the ensuing free-kick. Xhaka sent in a pinpoint delivery to the far post from deep in the midfield, and Kolasinac was there unmarked to head home.

With no extra time, penalties ensued at the full-time whistle, with the new A-B-B-A format. Conte sent goalkeeper Courtois up second, and he skied the penalty over the bar. That was followed up by a save from Cech on Morata’s spot-kick, and Arsenal secured the trophy on Olivier Giroud’s strike from the spot.