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Premier League

  • January 11, 2014
  • • 7:45 AM
  • • KCOM Stadium, Hull
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 24924

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea: Hazard and Torres strikes send Blues top

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea: Hazard and Torres strikes send Blues top

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Jose Mourinho's side scored two second-half goals to outclass Steve Bruce's men at the KC Stadium, with the Belgian forward's opener a particularly excellent effort.

Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League on Saturday as Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored in a 2-0 victory at Hull City.

After a goalless first half, Hazard broke the deadlock 11 minutes into the second period with a low drive beyond Allan McGregor, who had an otherwise impressive game in Hull's goal.

Torres then got the better of Alex Bruce three minutes from time to burst into the danger area and slide the ball beyond the Scottish goalkeeper to make sure of the points.

The win is Chelsea’s fifth in a row in all competitions and, with Manchester City and Arsenal not playing until Sunday and Monday respectively, sees the club sit atop the English top flight.

Steve Bruce made just a single change to the side that lost 2-0 to Liverpool last time out in the Premier League, George Boyd coming in for captain Robert Koren, While Jose Mourinho gave Oscar and Willian starts after starring substitute outings at Southampton on New Year's Day.

Ahmed Elmohamady had the first chance of the match for Hull in the seventh minute, with Petr Cech getting down well to gather the Egyptian’s dipping effort from 25 yards.

It was the home side which had the better chances throughout the opening half hour with Cech into action in the 22nd minute, pushing the ball around his left-hand post from a 20-yard Jake Livermore strike, while Yannick Sagbo wasted a gilt-edged chance after George Boyd charged down an attempted John Terry pass in the Chelsea penalty area.

Chelsea worked its way back into the contest and Oscar squandered a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock for the Blues in the 33rd minute, drawing a superb save from McGregor after receiving the ball somewhat fortuitously from a deflected Hazard cutback.

Scotland international McGregor had to be alert again on the stroke of halftime as a well-struck Luiz free kick required a touch over the crossbar, before a second set piece from the Brazilian after the break was again stopped by the 31-year-old.

But it was Hazard who eventually netted the first goal of the match in the 56th minute, delaying his shot on the edge of the penalty area before rifling an effort into the bottom right-hand corner for his ninth Premier League goal of the season, equalling his tally from last term.

With Hull struggling to find a response, Torres extinguished the club's hopes of salvaging a point in the 87th minute, taking the ball beyond Bruce to slot it into the bottom right-hand corner, scoring in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since Dec. 2012.

Chelsea cruised to the full-time whistle to secure its fourth clean sheet in five outings - taking Cech past Peter Bonetti's club record.