Hazard’s hat trick takes Chelsea up

Hazard (10) who struck twice in quick succession before half-time, is mobbed by team mates after completing a hat-trick from the spot

Hazard (10) who struck twice in quick succession before half-time, is mobbed by team mates after completing a hat-trick from the spot

Eden Hazard’s hat trick helped Chelsea move top of the Premier League table on goal difference as they came from behind to defeat Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Sol Bamba struck first for Cardiff, finishing from close range with a volley from a set piece in the 16th minute.

But Hazard, who has scored in three consecutive games for the first time since October 2016, equalised in the 37th minute with a low drive into the corner from Olivier Giroud’s pass, put Chelsea ahead six minutes later when he finished the deflection of Giroud’s shot and then converted a penalty in the 80th.

Willian finished Chelsea’s scoring with a curler into the top right in the 83rd minute.

Former leaders Liverpool claimed a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday with goals by Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino.

Lamela pulled one back in added time for Spurs, who were supposed to open their new stadium with the game before it was pushed back by construction delays.

Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling scored within a span of three minutes as Manchester United ruined Watford‘s first perfect start to a Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Ashley Young fed Lukaku from close range in the 35th minute before Smalling controlled Marouane Fellaini’s pass with his chest and volleyed home from close range.

Andre Gray got Watford — and the crowd — back into it in the 65th minute, but Watford’s efforts to equalise fell short.

A pair of second-half goals helped Arsenal stake a 2-1 wins over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Granit Xhaka opened the scoring in the 49th minute as he curled a free kick from 30 yards out into the top right corner, and Mesut Ozil extended the lead nine minutes later when he finished the rebound of Alexandre Lacazette’s blocked shot.

Newcastle pulled one back in added time when Ciaran Clark scored from a header in the 91st minute.

Leroy Sane scored in the opening minutes of his first start of the season as Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 victory over visiting Fulham.

Sane, dropped from Pep Guardiola’s squad altogether in the previous game against Newcastle United, struck after 102 seconds, meeting Fernandinho’s cross at the end of a three-on-two at the edge of the box and poking it past charging Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

David Silva doubled the lead in the 21st minute, scoring his 50th league goal in his 350th league game when he finished past Bettinelli following a deflect, and Raheem Sterling scored his third goal of the season in the 47th minute on a cross from Sergio Aguero after Ryan Sessegnon lost possession.

Ryan Fraser scored twice in the first half for Bournemouth and Josh King converted a penalty in a 4-2 victory over 10-man Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium.

Wes Morgan was sent off for Leicester in the 68th minute when he picked up a second yellow card for a challenge on Adam Smith, who responded by finishing from Fraser in the 81st.

James Maddison scored a penalty in the 88th minute and Marc Albrighton scored in the 89th before time ran out.

Wilfried Zaha scored in his return from injury as visiting Crystal Palace defeated Huddersfield Town 1-0. –ESPN

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