By Izuchukwu Okosi
Chelsea on Saturday evening consolidated their lead at the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win
over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and restored a seven-point gap over Tottenham Hotspur, Newslegend.com.ng
Goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso made the difference at the expense of Bournemouth who had
hitherto not lost in their previous five games. Bournemouth’s goal was scored by Joshua King.
Super Eagles star Victor Moses returned to the Chelsea line up after missing two games against Crystal Palace and
Manchester City following his toe injury but was yellow-carded in the ninth minute for a hand ball, his fourth
booking of the season.
Adam Smith scored an unlucky own goal against his Bournemouth team after he deflected a Diego Costa shot.
Moses, from the right-wing position, crossed the ball and it met Costa who turned to fire the ball that went past
the helpless Artur Boruc in the 17th minute.
Eden Hazard doubled the lead three minutes later when he received a well-taken defence-splitting pass from N’golo
Kante, raced down the Cherries’ box and buried the ball into the bottom left corner.
Victor Moses had a scoring chance for Chelsea in the first half. The Nigerian international got in front of his man
in the 37th minute and powered his header just wide of the right post. The ball went out of play and Bournemouth had
a goal kick.
With two minutes to half time, Joshua King restored hope for the home team when his shot deflected off David Luiz
and found its way to the back of Chelsea net.
It ended 2-1 advantage Chelsea at the break.
Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser received a precise pass on the edge of the box and bent his effort inches wide of the left
post in the 51st minute barely thirty seconds after Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso drove into the hosts’ penalty area and
had his low shot saved.
Left wing-back Marcos Alonso made it 3-1 for Chelsea with a beautiful freekick in the 68th minute of the game.
Victor Moses was in action for 90 minutes but was substituted by Kourt Zouma in added time.
Antonio Conte’s side now have 75 points with seven games to go in the 2016/2017 season.