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Hazard stars in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton in EPL
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard set up an early goal and then scored for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Playing in a "false nine" role in Chelsea's attack for the second straight game, Hazard laid on the opener for Pedro Rodriguez with a low center across the six-yard box in the 17th minute.
Kante shows his better side, helps Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante showed off the better side of his game after midweek criticism by his coach to inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over west London neighbor Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
The France midfielder dispossessed Jean-Michel Seri inside Fulham's half, drove forward and laid the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score a fourth-minute goal that put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.
Morata is back in form and enjoying life at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.
Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.
Morata double helps Chelsea sink Palace 3-1 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals and fellow Spaniard Pedro added a third to inspire Chelsea to a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Unbeaten Chelsea made a slow start but Morata cheered the Stamford Bridge crowd by putting his team in front from close range in the 32nd minute after pouncing on a cross by Pedro.
Chelsea beats Bournemouth 2-0 after late Pedro, Hazard goals
LONDON (AP) — Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard scored late goals as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to clinch a fourth straight victory to open the season.
Maurizio Sarri's team was being frustrated by Bournemouth's defensive set-up when Pedro exchanged passes with Olivier Giroud — both of them second-half substitutes — and shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area in the 72nd minute.
Chelsea beats Arsenal 3-2 for 2nd straight win in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard came off the bench to set up a late winning goal by Marcos Alonso as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a frenetic London derby on Saturday for its second straight win in the Premier League.
It is the first time Arsenal has opened a Premier League season with back-to-back losses.
Coming off a 3-0 victory at Huddersfield last weekend, Chelsea started rampantly and scored through Spaniards Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata in the opening 20 minutes.
Sarri starts EPL life with Chelsea beating Huddersfield 3-0
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a winning start to life as a manager in the English Premier League as Chelsea outclassed Huddersfield 3-0 on Saturday.
Former Napoli coach Sarri replaced Antonio Conte in a restless summer for the London club but any fears of an opening-day upset disappeared with goals from France international N'Golo Kante, summer signing Jorginho and Pedro.
Gabriel Jesus staying at Man City 2 extra years to 2023
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus extended his Manchester City contract on Friday to 2023, adding two more years to his previous deal.
Jesus joined City in January 2017, and has 24 goals in 53 matches. He helped City win the English Premier League and League Cup last season.
"I can say that it was the best decision I've made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I'm here I'm improving as a professional and as a person," Jesus told the club website.
Pedro heads Chelsea into FA Cup semifinals in extra time
LONDON (AP) — Pedro scored with a header in extra time for Chelsea to advance to the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Sunday.
Chelsea next faces Southampton at Wembley Stadium after new manager Mark Hughes' side beat Wigan 2-0.
Manchester United plays Tottenham in the other semifinal, which is also at Spurs' temporary Wembley home.
Chelsea overwhelms Stoke in 5-0 win in Premier League
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea left Eden Hazard on the bench and still overwhelmed Stoke in a 5-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday, with the first three goals coming in the opening 23 minutes.
Goals by Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater — with a thumping shot from the edge of the area — and Pedro Rodriguez put Chelsea in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Willian converted a penalty to make it 4-0 before Davide Zappacosta completed the rout with a strike from outside the area.
Chelsea comes from behind to beat Watford 4-2
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea left it late but came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 and avoid a third straight defeat in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pedro had given Chelsea the lead in the 12th minute with a superb curling strike but Abdoulaye Doucoure leveled on the stroke of halftime and Roberto Pereyra put Watford in front four minutes after the break.
Watford wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage before substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in the equalizer.
Morata hat trick leads Chelsea to big win over Stoke in EPL
STOKE, England (AP) — Alvaro Morata scored a hat trick as Chelsea maintained its perfect away record in the English Premier League in beating Stoke 4-0 on Saturday.
Pedro scored the other goal as Chelsea took advantage of a lackluster Stoke display to cruise to an easy win at Britannia Stadium.
Despite having won just one of its three league home games, Chelsea has been perfect on the road and stays within three points of the Manchester sides at the top of the table.
LONDON (AP) — Premier League champion Chelsea celebrated its title in style with a 5-1 victory over relegated Sunderland on Sunday.
For once the football took a back seat at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans bid farewell to John Terry as the club's long-serving captain made his final home appearance.
Sunderland took a shock lead through Javier Manquillo but goals from Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi's late brace ensured Chelsea's party wasn't spoilt.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho ensured the path to the English Premier League title will no longer be a procession for his former club, Chelsea.
Only four points separate Chelsea and second-placed Tottenham with six games left after Manchester United's 2-0 win over the lackluster leaders opened up the title race on Sunday. At one stage four weeks ago after a 2-1 win over Stoke, Chelsea held a 13-point lead.
Shining at Chelsea, Pedro Rodriguez returns for Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Chelsea running away from its challengers in the Premier League, forward Pedro Rodriguez has regained his spot on Spain's national team.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui picked Pedro on Friday for the country's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Israel and friendly at France. It is the first time the coach has included the 29-year-old Pedro since taking over from Vicente del Bosque following last year's European Championship.
League leader Chelsea drops points in 1-1 draw with Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Premier League leader Chelsea dropped points for only the third time since September after getting pegged back by dogged Burnley in a 1-1 draw at a snowy Turf Moor on Sunday.
The result meant Chelsea extended its lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, but this was one of the most uncomfortable games that Antonio Conte's side has experienced for some time.
Lukaku scores 4 as Everton thrashes Bournemouth 6-3
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Romelu Lukaku scored four goals, his first after just 30 seconds, in Everton's 6-3 demolition of Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
Costa no loss for Chelsea as EPL leader beats Leicester 3-0
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea easily coped without top-scorer Diego Costa, sweeping aside fading champion Leicester 3-0 to go seven points clear in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Marcos Alonso scored twice and Pedro Rodriguez headed in the third as Chelsea put its title bid back on track after a 13-match winning run ended at Tottenham in the previous game.
Klopp’s decision to field youngest ever side backfires
Juergen Klopp's decision to field Liverpool's youngest ever team backfired Sunday as the Premier League title contender was held 0-0 at home by fourth-tier Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also made sweeping changes, and was made to sweat as his side left it late to beat second-tier Aston Villa 2-0.
Chelsea had an easier time, sweeping aside third-tier Peterborough 4-1, with Spanish forward Pedro scoring twice.
Barcelona signs striker Paco Alcacer as backup for Suarez
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona strengthened its already top-class attack by signing Spain striker Paco Alcacer from rival Spanish club Valencia on Tuesday in a deal worth at least 30 million euros ($33.5 million).
Alcacer, who turned 23 on Tuesday, joins a Barcelona lineup featuring Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. He will likely play a backup role to Suarez, filling the void created last year after the departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea.