Hazard scores his first league goal of the season

The Belgian scored after nearly a year as outgoing champions Chelsea overcame Bournemouth 4-1 on Saturday


Reuters April 23, 2016
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Belgian play-maker Eden Hazard scored his first Premier League goal of the season, nearly a year after he netted his last one, as outgoing champions Chelsea overcame Bournemouth 4-1 on Saturday.

Spanish forward Pedro put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute, hooking in a left-footed shot after being teed up by Cesc Fabregas.

Bournemouth, who shocked Chelsea 1-0 in the reverse fixture in December, were 2-0 down after 34 minutes when Hazard latched on to a Fabregas back-heel to end a drought going back 356 days.

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The chants that welcomed the scoring return of last season's Player of the Year, with three games remaining, were cut short when Bournemouth hit back two minutes later through a Tommy Elphick header.

Willian made it 3-1 with a right-foot shot as Fabregas completed a hat-trick of assists and Hazard added his second from close range in stoppage-time.

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