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Football: Hazard lights Chelsea's path to summit

Published on Feb 9, 2014 6:07 AM
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Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his first goal against Newcastle United during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on Feb 8, 2014. Hazard's hat-trick gave Chelsea a 3-0 win over Newcastle United as they returned to the top of the Premier League for the first time since September. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Eden Hazard's hat-trick gave Chelsea a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, as they returned to the top of the Premier League for the first time since September.

Having previously won 1-0 at title rivals Manchester City on Monday, Chelsea are arguably the form team in the top flight at the moment and in Hazard they have the stand-out player.

He struck with two fine finishes in the first half and completed his first treble in Chelsea colours from the penalty spot mid-way through the second period.

Jose Mourinho's side jumped above Arsenal and City, both of whom dropped points, as the west Londoners signalled their intent to end a four-year wait for the biggest prize in English football.

 
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