Hazard rescues draw for Chelsea against Wolves
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's stoppage-time strike for Chelsea recovered a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Hazard scored his 13th league goal of the season to...
Maurizio Sarri isolated at Chelsea after fans turn on him
LONDON (AP) — The volley of abusive chants from Chelsea supporters were aimed in a different direction this time. Toward the sideline at Stamford Bridge.
Players were spared on Monday, there was no need to dig out the "rats" banners from 2015, and supporters seem just fine with Eden Hazard and Co.
Typically loyal to their managers — and there have been a dozen alone this century — many Chelsea fans instead seem to be done with Maurizio Sarri even before the end of his first season in charge.
Sarri gets immediate response from rampant Chelsea
This time there was no need for Maurizio Sarri to get mad with his players.
The Chelsea manager could instead sit back and enjoy their performance in a 5-0 win over Huddersfield that lifted them back into the top four in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Higuain at double for 1st Chelsea goals in Huddersfield rout
LONDON (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Chelsea goals in a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield on Saturday, halting the slump after back-to-back English Premier League losses that created uncertainty about manager Maurizio Sarri's future.
In the striker's third game since joining on loan on Juventus, Higuain turned the ball into the net in the 16th minute and curled in Chelsea's fourth in the 69th.
"He has the quality," Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard said.
Chelsea coach Sarri questions Hazard’s leadership qualities
LONDON (AP) — Months after captaining Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, Eden Hazard had his leadership qualities questioned by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday and was urged to do more to fulfil his potential.
"In this moment, he's more an individual player than a leader," said Sarri, who hasn't been afraid to point the finger at Chelsea's players since arriving in England in the offseason.
Sarri must face up to own failings in Chelsea blame game
Maurizio Sarri has decided to go down a dangerous road by using a post-match news conference to criticize the attitude and character of his Chelsea players.
Memories were suddenly revived of a TV interview that Jose Mourinho gave after a game in December 2015, accusing the Chelsea team of "betraying" him. Mourinho was fired a few days later.
Chelsea strengthens grip on 4th place by beating Newcastle
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea went six points clear in the chase for Champions League qualification by sending Newcastle into the English Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.
While Willian's curling strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Newcastle, manager Maurizio Sarri was still unhappy with the labored performance and fragility.
Pedro Rodriguez collected David Luiz's pass before netting to put Chelsea in front in the ninth minute.
Fabregas says goodbyes as Chelsea advances in FA Cup
LONDON (AP) — Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game not only for Chelsea but also in English football after bidding the team's fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Frustrated Chelsea held to 0-0 draw by Southampton
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea dropped two points in its bid for a Champions League return as Southampton ground out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Eden Hazard was twice denied by goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was making his Premier League debut, and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside as Chelsea's lack of attacking precision was evident once more.
Hazard reaches milestone in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford
WATFORD, England (AP) — Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard became the 10th player to score 100 goals for the club when his double clinched a 2-1 win at Watford in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
Coach Maurizio Sarri criticized Chelsea's players after Saturday's shock home loss against Leicester and they produced the reaction he was looking for at Vicarage Road.
Vardy the matchwinner as Leicester beats Chelsea 1-0
LONDON (AP) — Leicester won at Chelsea for the first time in 18 years after a goal by former England striker Jamie Vardy clinched a surprise 1-0 away victory in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Eden Hazard struck the crossbar in the first half and teammate Marcus Alonso hit the post late on as fourth-placed Chelsea lost at home in the league for the first time this season.
A run of two wins in 12 games led to media speculation that Claude Puel's job as Leicester coach was in jeopardy.
Hazard stars in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton in EPL
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard set up an early goal and then scored for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Playing in a "false nine" role in Chelsea's attack for the second straight game, Hazard laid on the opener for Pedro Rodriguez with a low center across the six-yard box in the 17th minute.
Title defense opens up as Chelsea ends City’s unbeaten start
LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions.
Just when he seemed to be struggling to adapt to a more advanced attacking midfield role, N'Golo Kante got into space in front of goal to be set up by Eden Hazard and sweep the ball into the net.
Kante shows his better side, helps Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante showed off the better side of his game after midweek criticism by his coach to inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over west London neighbor Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
The France midfielder dispossessed Jean-Michel Seri inside Fulham's half, drove forward and laid the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score a fourth-minute goal that put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.
Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0
BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
After 65 minutes of pounding the Iceland defense, captain Eden Hazard found Thomas Meunier on the right and the Paris Saint-Germain winger crossed for Batshuayi to slot the ball home.
Morata is back in form and enjoying life at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.
Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.
Gladbach beats Duesseldorf, moves above Bayern in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Thorgan Hazard scored twice to help Borussia Moenchengladbach return to second in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday.
The Belgian forward, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, opened the scoring with a penalty early in the second half and sealed the win late after he was sent through by Alassane Plea.
Morata double helps Chelsea sink Palace 3-1 in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals and fellow Spaniard Pedro added a third to inspire Chelsea to a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Unbeaten Chelsea made a slow start but Morata cheered the Stamford Bridge crowd by putting his team in front from close range in the 32nd minute after pouncing on a cross by Pedro.
Chelsea, Man United win in EPL without their Belgian stars
The attackers who spearheaded Belgium's run to the World Cup semifinals were missing when Chelsea and Manchester United took to the field for their Premier League games on Sunday.
It didn't prove to be an issue.
Without the injured Eden Hazard, Chelsea romped to its biggest win of the season in any competition — a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley.
Without the dropped Romelu Lukaku, United played one of its best matches of a turbulent season and beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Without Hazard, Chelsea overwhelms Burnley in 4-0 win
BURNLEY, England (AP) — The absence of star attacker Eden Hazard did not affect Chelsea in its 4-0 thrashing of Burnley that kept the team unbeaten in the Premier League on Sunday.
With Hazard missing because of a back injury, Ross Barkley stepped up as Chelsea's main creative force as the attacking midfielder scored from outside the area and also set up two other goals at Turf Moor.
Murray milestone as Brighton beats Wolverhampton 1-0 in EPL
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Glenn Murray struck his 100th goal on his 231st appearance for Brighton to secure a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The 35-year-old forward, who was a doubt for the game after being knocked unconscious at Newcastle last weekend, swept home a first-time finish three minutes into the second period.
A record crowd of 30,654 was at Amex Stadium to witness the landmark goal, and a third consecutive 1-0 win for Brighton.
Moenchengladbach misses chance to join leader Dortmund
FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Second-place Borussia Moenchengladbach missed the chance to move level on points with Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund after losing 3-1 at Freiburg on Friday.
Moenchengladbach's night started badly when forward Nils Petersen put Freiburg ahead with a penalty in the first minute. But the visitors equalized from the penalty spot after 20 minutes through Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Belgium and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Lukaku leads Belgium past Switzerland with a brace
BRUSSELS (AP) — Romelu Lukaku scored both goals in Belgium's 2-1 win over Switzerland on Friday, putting the Red Devils in the lead of its group in the UEFA Nations League.
The Swiss defended strongly throughout the match, but Lukaku converted two chances of three to give top-ranked Belgium the victory.
The result left Belgium with six points from two games in Group 2 of the top-tier League A, three points more than Switzerland. Iceland lost its two matches.
Hazard leads Chelsea to 3-0 win at Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard kept up his red-hot form with one goal and an assist to inspire Chelsea to a convincing 3-0 victory against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Unbeaten Chelsea, playing in an unfamiliar pale blue kit with orange socks, made a bright start at St. Mary's and was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Wesley Hoedt fouled Olivier Giroud.
European soccer weekend: What to watch in main competitions
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Fresh from inflicting Liverpool's first loss of the season in the League Cup, Chelsea hosts Juergen Klopp's side in the Premier League on Saturday.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, who scored the winner at Anfield on Wednesday after dribbling past several opponents, said "we won against one of the best in the world at the moment." Liverpool is the only team with a 100 percent record in the league after six games.
Hazard’s brilliance seals Chelsea win at Liverpool in cup
LONDON (AP) — In a formidable display of skill and speed, Eden Hazard slalomed past Liverpool players before scoring the goal that sealed Chelsea's progress in the League Cup.
The winger's sixth goal in seven appearances ended Liverpool's perfect start to the season with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday at Anfield. And the teams have a swift reunion, with Chelsea hosting unbeaten early front-runner Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.
Europa League wins for Chelsea, Milan, Arsenal, Sevilla
Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season when Brazil forward Willian scored in a 1-0 Europa League victory at PAOK Thessaloniki on Thursday.
Two goals from Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder led Sevilla, the most successful team in Europa League history, to a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege while Eintracht Frankfurt opened its campaign by upsetting Marseille 2-1.
Hazard inspires Chelsea recovery, shows what team could miss
Chelsea should be savoring Eden Hazard's talents while he is still with the team.
As the winger's contract winds down, his future at Stamford Bridge appears more uncertain. Even as manager Maurizio Sarri talks up the contribution of a player, in his prime at 27, who has shown no public indication that he will commit to Chelsea beyond 2020.
Chelsea, Liverpool maintain EPL perfection after 5 games
LONDON (AP) — The foundations are being laid for one of the English Premier League's most exhilarating and competitive title races.
For the first time since the league's inception 26 years ago, two teams — Chelsea and Liverpool — have a 100 percent winning record after five matches.
Sarri joins elite club after Hazard hat trick for Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard's hat trick ensured Chelsea kept its perfect start to the Premier League season with a 4-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday.
Sol Bamba shocked Chelsea with Cardiff's first away goal of the season, but Hazard's treble and a late goal by Willian saw Maurizio Sarri became the fourth manager to win his first five Premier League games. He joined an elite club of Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester).
Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 in friendly
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored twice in eight minutes as Belgium eased to a 4-0 victory over Scotland on Friday in its first game since finishing third at the World Cup.
Seven minutes after coming on at halftime in the friendly, Batshuayi took a pass from Eden Hazard in a swift Belgium break and guided the ball low into the net.
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.
Yedlin own-goal gifts Chelsea 2-1 win over Newcastle in EPL
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — American defender DeAndre Yedlin put his hands to his head and buried his face in the turf after scoring an 88th-minute own-goal to hand Chelsea a 2-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.
Fouled, shoved and pushed, Hazard has last laugh for Chelsea
Eden Hazard was repeatedly fouled, shoved and hacked down on his first start of the season in the Premier League. On one occasion, he was even kicked off the field by a particularly crude challenge.
So the Chelsea forward responded in the best way possible to being targeted with rough treatment: By scoring a goal.
English Premier League wasn’t always a global beast
LONDON (AP) — Somerville, Massachusetts, 26 May, 1989. Answerphone message, Beep:
"It's your brother-in-law, Andre. Arsenal needed to win by two clear goals at Anfield to win the league and did it with almost the last kick of the match!"
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Neymar used Brazil's famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn't hide their relief.
Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years, holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday in one of the country's greatest soccer feats.
"We've achieved something that is really beautiful," said Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Belgium's second goal, "and it's not easy."
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Belgium forward Eden Hazard accepts the spotlight is on him at the World Cup, increasingly so now that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have gone home.
"They are not in the World Cup, so now it's time to shine," a smiling Hazard said before Belgium's last-16 match against Japan on Monday.
Belgium, team of tomorrow, hopes to finally win now
MOSCOW (AP) — Belgium is the team of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.
De Rode Duivels, as the Red Devils are known, have been playing for 114 years and remain in search of their first major title.
A polyglot known for waffles, chocolate and beer, the nation of 11 million hopes for soccer to join the national identity, boosted by a golden generation that includes Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bryune.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has all the ingredients for success at the World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Thibaut Courtois is in goal.
But for all the exceptional talent, Belgium keeps underwhelming at major tournaments, only reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea could squeeze into the Champions League after all.
In the space of 20 days, Antonio Conte's side has reduced Tottenham's hold on fourth place in the English Premier League from 10 to two points.
Cesc Fabregas was set up by Eden Hazard to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea that gave Chelsea a third successive victory to take advantage of Tottenham's stumbles on Saturday. After Tottenham plays Watford on Monday, the north London club and Chelsea will have three games remaining.
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Chelsea's chase for Champions League qualification gathered pace on Saturday when Cesc Fabregas clinched a 1-0 win at Swansea that deepened the hosts' concerns about being relegated from the English Premier League.
Fabregas struck his 50th Premier League goal in the fourth minute on a wet evening in south Wales. Eden Hazard found Fabregas unmarked in the penalty area and the Spanish midfielder curled a shot past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0 in the second semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
Giroud, who had been selected ahead of Morata to spearhead Chelsea's attack, scored the first goal within 30 seconds of the second half after a mesmerizing piece of dribbling inside the Southampton penalty area.
Giroud leads Chelsea fightback in 3-2 win at Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes, including two from substitute Olivier Giroud, in a stirring second-half comeback from 2-0 down to beat relegation-threatened Southampton 3-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The victory kept alive fifth-place Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, with seven points now separating Chelsea from Tottenham and Liverpool above them.
It was news that capped a miserable start to 2018 for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.
The Spain squad was announced on Friday for the team's friendly matches against Germany and Argentina this month, and Morata's name was conspicuous by its absence.
Not so long ago, he was considered the first-choice striker for one of the favorites for the World Cup in Russia. Now he might not even be at the tournament.
As World Cup looms, Willian claims Chelsea spotlight
LONDON (AP) — Willian isn't used to receiving much acclaim. Even a place in Chelsea's starting lineup isn't certain.
And if any Chelsea player was going to outshine Lionel Messi against Barcelona, surely it was going to be Eden Hazard.
Perhaps that's why Barcelona underestimated Willian on Tuesday night, leaving him unmarked in dangerous spots so often.
Messi scores vs Chelsea at 9th attempt to give Barca CL draw
LONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football.
At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes.
Hazard reaches goal milestone as Chelsea gets back on track
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard scored his 100th and 101st league goals to help defending champion Chelsea collect its first Premier League win of the year with a 4-0 victory at Brighton on Saturday.
The Belgium winger put Chelsea in front after three minutes when Brighton failed to clear a cross from Victor Moses and Hazard slammed the ball home from eight meters (yards).
Son rising to celebrated status in Premier League
He's the humble Tottenham attacker in the form of his life, breaking records in the Premier League and helping to carry his nation's hopes heading into the World Cup.
Son Heung-min might operate in the shadow of Harry Kane at the London club — after all, who doesn't? — but there is a growing appreciation of the artistry and end product of the South Korean and he is establishing himself as one of the best forwards in English soccer.