Eden Hazard scored a brace as Chelsea came from behind to defeat Sunderland 4-3 in Wednesday’s English Premier League, EPL clash.
Sunderland were ahead through Jozy Altidore’s first league goal for the club before Frank Lampard equalised with a back breaking close-range header.
Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a curling 20-yard strike, while John O’Shea equalised after a scramble before Hazard’s hazardous shot increased the tally to 3-2.
Phil Bardsley’s own goal made it 4-2 before he scored at the right end. There may be nearly a division between Chelsea and Sunderland but on Wednesday night one man was the difference between the two sides fighting at opposite ends of the Barclays Premier League.
Gus Poyet knows an unplayable figure in Chelsea colours when he sees one and Eden Hazard produced his finest display for Jose Mourinho in a 4-3 thrilling match against Sunderland, to keep Chelsea right in the title hunt.
“We had a special Hazard”, said the Chelsea boss. “That was his best for me. He showed ambition from the first minute to the last.
“Sometimes he does incredible things, then he disappears from the game, a bit like a kid enjoying it. Today he was fantastic throughout. So was Mata”.
This was a Hazard warning to Chelsea’s title rivals, but Mourinho’s side did it the hard way, overcoming a second-half Sunderland revival to secure the points.
“Hazard was unplayable”, admitted Poyet. “I don’t remember another player performing at this level against me as a manager. It was spectacular. We tried everything, doubling up, tripling up. We even changed the wide man. It was a great display”.
-Source: bbc & dailymail.