Though the Premier League’s highest scoring attack was largely contained, Chelsea picked up the three points in their 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Blues midfielder Eden Hazard secured the lead in seventh minute with a breathtaking header in front of the net following a swooping cross from Oscar.
Hazard also helped Diego Costa snap his two-match scoreless streak in the the 68th minute, meticulously carving through Hull’s depleted defense to provide Costa a ball on the right side of the net for a right-footed diagonal strike to the bottom left corner.
Only six other clubs have allowed more goals than Hull this term, but even down to 10 men in the final 30 minutes of play the Tigers defense largely held strong against a Chelsea side that has often appeared unstoppable in all competitions.
Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone was issued his second yellow of the match in the 60th minute after committing a careless foul on defender Filipe Luis. The match was perhaps marred by rough play on both sides, with a combined seven yellows issued, and Huddletone’s red.
Costa upped his Premier League total to 12 goals, but he’s still two back of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for the scoring lead. Hazard’s tallied seven goals and Oscar earned his fifth assist of the term.
After the 2-1 letdown to Newcastle, the Blues maintained their three-point lead over City for first on the table, with City simultaneously dispatching Leicester 1-0 over at King Power.
For all their efforts on the defensive end, Hull couldn’t maintain possession long enough to make an impact on the scoreboard. The Blues dominated possession 60-40, and none of Hull’s seven shots were on target.