Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick to send Chelsea to the top of the Premier League with victory against Newcastle.
Hazard, magnificent in Monday's 1-0 win at Manchester City, was in inspired form throughout and drove in the opener from Branislav Ivanovic's pass.
Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko was denied one-on-one by Petr Cech, before Hazard finished off a fine sweeping move.
Hazard got his third in the second half, scoring from the penalty spot after Samuel Eto'o was fouled.

Hazard lights up Chelsea

  • Eden Hazard has scored 12 goals for Chelsea this season, three more than he managed in the whole of 2012-13
  • The Belgium international has also provided six assists for the Blues this season
  • Prior to this game, he had embarked on 162 dribbles in the Premier League this season, more than any other player
With league leaders Arsenal losing 5-1 to Liverpool and Manchester City drawing at Norwich, Chelsea's win moved them one point clear at the top of the standings.
Boss Jose Mourinho had claimed earlier in the week that Chelsea were "the little horse" in the Premier League title race, but their win at City on Monday, coupled with this clinical dismantling of Newcastle underlined their credentials as genuine contenders as they extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches.
Chelsea's recent fortunes were in stark contrast to those of Newcastle. They had won only one of their previous six games, had just lost to local rivals Sunderland, and were evidently struggling to compensate for the loss of playmaker Yohan Cabaye, who joined Paris St-Germain at the end of January.
There was some good news for Newcastle, though, as Chelsea captain John Terry, hugely impressive at Manchester City, missed his first league game of the season with a minor muscle strain.
Chelsea initially looked vulnerable in his absence as Hatem Ben Arfa twice created decent opportunities, going closest when he got the better of Oscar to force Cech into a save at his near post.
The home side soon gained a grip on the game, with Hazard in particular proving a menace to the Newcastle defence and it did not take long for him to make a telling contribution as the Belgium international put Chelsea ahead following a move he both started and finished. Hazard spread the ball wide to Ivanovic before racing into the box to rifle in a first-time shot from the return pass.
Newcastle should have been level just after the half hour when Davide Santon sent Sissoko clear but the midfielder's first touch was too heavy, giving Cech time to race out and block the opportunity.
That missed chance proved costly as Chelsea swiftly added a second, with Hazard again instrumental.
The 23-year-old ran towards goal before passing to Eto'o, who back-heeled the ball into the path of the winger, leaving Hazard to calmly side-foot into the far corner.
Newcastle looked a defeated side with Ben Arfa, who had been dangerous in early stages of the first half, struggling to impose himself on the game.
The away side almost conceded a third in embarrassing circumstances as Krul was caught out by a long David Luiz ball which bounced over the stranded Newcastle keeper but dribbled wide of the empty goal.
Victory was wrapped up for Chelsea just after the hour when Eto'o was brought down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa when challenging for a corner and Hazard sent Krul the wrong way from the penalty spot.
With the points safe, Mourinho opted to give new signing Mohamed Salah his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt and the Egypt winger almost grabbed a fourth late on but shot straight at Krul after being sent clear by Oscar.



  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 08 Lampard
  • 24 Cahill
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 22 Willian (Salah - 78' )
  • 21 Matic
  • 29 Eto'o (Ba - 71' )
  • 11 Oscar
  • 17 Hazard (Schürrle - 85' )


  • 03 Cole
  • 07 Ramires
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 15 Salah
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa - 40' Booked )
  • 36 Dummett
  • 03 Santon
  • 06 Williamson
  • 27 Taylor
  • 10 Ben Arfa (Gosling - 64' )
  • 08 Anita (Marveaux - 84' )
  • 18 de Jong
  • 07 Sissoko Booked
  • 28 Sa Ameobi Booked


  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 15 Gosling
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 23 Sh Ameobi
  • 43 Armstrong
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 41,387


Possession41%59%90minsChelseaNewcastle United



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Full TimeSecond Half ends, Chelsea 3, Newcastle United 0.
Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dan Gosling.
Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).
Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar.
Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Chelsea. Gary Cahill tries a through ball, but Andre Schürrle is caught offside.
BookingMoussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).
Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gary Cahill.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Sylvain Marveaux (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a through ball.
Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar.