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.
Hazard then ran onto a pass from Marcos Alonso and fired a finish underneath Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to seal victory in the 85th.
Chelsea joined Liverpool on a maximum of 12 points, marking a superb start to Sarri’s tenure at Stamford Bridge after he replaced Antonio Conte in the offseason.