Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth: Classy leaders win 12th straight

  • Pedro nabs brace
  • Hazard wins, converts PK
  • Chelsea go nine clear
  • It’s a dozen now for the Premier League leaders, as Chelsea handled Bournemouth 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

    Pedro scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, while Eden Hazard also netted in the Blues’ 12th-straight Premier League win.

    Chelsea will match Arsenal’s record for consecutive wins in a Premier League season if the Blues can beat visiting Stoke City on Saturday.

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    Pedro won a corner with a darting run toward a long diagonal ball that Bournemouth cleared out of play, but Chelsea’s bounding effort was collected by Artur Boruc.

    The Spaniard had another chance in the 22nd minute, but couldn’t get around his wide shot to make the required curl.

    Deservedly, he’d score in the 24th. Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas worked it well to find Pedro in traffic, and he dug hard into the turf to chip Boruc and make it 1-0 with a classy goal.

    Bournemouth fought back as Adam Smith found Jack Wilshere, but Thibaut Courtois stopped Wilshere’s close-range effort.

    At the other end, Hazard decided to try a Rabona that nearly bested Boruc. The Blues were feeling lively at home, and Fabregas came very close to dipping a free kick under the bar.

    Gary Cahill fouled Wilshere outside the 18, and Bournemouth was given a free kick even though Wilshere was able to unload the ball. It meant little, as the Chelsea wall blocked the Cherries’ effort.

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    It took just over three minutes for Chelsea to set-up a second, as Hazard dribbled Simon Francis into a penalty-worthy foul. The Belgian got Boruc going the wrong way to make it 2-0.

    Pedro should’ve tapped in Hazard’s 53rd minute pass, but it had a bit too much zip and the exclamation point would have to wait a bit.

    Bournemouth nearly pulled one back when Wilshere slid a ball through for former Arsenal teammate Benik Afobe, but Courtois made a strong save to deny the English striker.

    A deflected goal in the 90th minute made it 3-0 for the leaders.

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