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Salah left out as Chelsea breeze past Elmo’s Hull City
It didn’t take the Blues much time to score their first goal at Stamford Bridge. Oscar, who excelled today in the absence of Cesc Fabregas, crossed the ball into the box where Eden Hazard met it with his head to scored only six minutes into the game. This was Hazard’s eighth goal of the season and his first-ever headed goal.
Chelsea looked dangerous on the pitch and Hull City manager Steve Bruce was forced into an early change by introducing his son Alex to replace the injured Michael Dawson only 10 minutes after the first half’s kick-off.
Apart from Hazard’s early goal, the first half was relatively quite and only witnessed a few chances from either-end.
As the second half kicked-off, the Blues were even more dangerous, and things only got worse for the Tigers as midfielder Tom Huddlestone was shown a red card after an aggressive tackle on Chelsea’s Filipe Luis in the 61st minute, causing the visitors to be down to 10 men for the last 30 minutes of the game.
Only 7 minutes after that, Chelsea’s top scorer Diego Costa made it 2-0 to the Blues as he placed the ball into McGregor’s net after a great effort from Ivanovic, building the attack before a superb assist from today’s Man-of-the-Match Eden Hazard.
It is worth noting this game marked Ahmed Elmohamady’s 54th league start in a row for Hull City, but unfortunately he didn’t constitute any real threats on Chelsea’s solid defence.
Meanwhile, Salah was left out of the Blue’s squad once more, although Chelsea’s coach Jose Mourinho stated in his pre-match press conference that the Egyptian “is going nowhere.”