Television commentator Martin Tyler called it “astonishing,” “absolutely amazing,” and “a stroke of magic from a genius.”
By halftime, he had seen it enough times to label the goal “one of the great Premier League goals of all-time.”
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“And I’m not exaggerating.” No, no he is not.
Eden Hazard dodged, weaved, slithered, and glided through no fewer than four West Ham defenders and ended between the final two, finishing cooly under pressure from a desperately sliding Ryan Fredericks. As he soared away in celebration, Chelsea found itself with the opening goal, a spot – for the moment – in third place in the Premier League table, and a sparkling memory to savor for a long time.
The Belgian, who is rumored to be off to Real Madrid this offseason, blew by the likes of Fabian Balbuena, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, and Angelo Ogbonna before firing into the back of the net with Fredericks arriving just too late and Aaron Cresswell helpless to watch the brilliance.
Is it one of the best goals in Premier League history?