A second half goal from Eden Hazard was enough for Chelsea to claim all three points as they beat a struggling Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Bournemouth 0 Chelsea 1
Begovic denies Morata
Hazard opens scoring
Ibe misses at close range
Pedro fires over
The first half saw Chelsea dominate the chances with the best coming from Alvaro Morata who was kept out from a good save from Asmir Begovic after being set up by Eden Hazard.
Chelsea eventually got their opener through Hazard who combined well with Morata, who made the most of a missed clearance from Francis, by beating Begovic at his near post to break the deadlock.
Chelsea started well and dominated from the first kick of the ball. Pedro made a good run to get away from Nathan Ake and drove towards the box but his shot from range didn’t bother former Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic.
Twenty-five minutes in Chelsea had another chance as Begovic failed to clear his lines which saw the ball fall to Eden Hazard, who immediately played it to Alvaro Morata who could not convert shooting his effort wide of the post.
Chelsea then had a goal disallowed as Morata finished a deflection from Begovic, but it was off of a Cesar Azpilicueta effort who was deemed to be off-side in a tight call from the assistant referee.
Begovic then denied Morata as Hazard set him up with a great ball and the Spaniard did well beating Simon Francis but couldn’t beat the keeper who was out quickly to make a fantastic save.
On the brink of half time, the Blues again had a chance to open the scoring as the ball fell to Cesc Fabregas, who looked ready to pull the trigger, but a great block from Steve Cook denied him the opportunity as the sides went into half time on level scores.
Chelsea got the breakthrough they needed shortly after half time as Morata passed the ball to Hazard, who was allowed in on goal after a poor clearance attempt from Francis. The Belgian slotted it into Begovic’s near post to put his side ahead.
The Cherries the had a chance to level the scores as Stanislas managed to get past David Luiz, before crossing towards Jordan Ibe who just had a to get a shot on target, but fired over off a Chelsea deflection.
Bournemouth almost had a chance to pull level as Ibe managed to beat Antonio Rudiger, before delivering a good cross for Callum Wilson, but Azpilicueta was there to deny the striker.
Eddie Howe’s men tried to press Chelsea but to no avail as the Blues cemented a solid three points to end the weekend in fourth place on the table, while Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone.