Higuain, Hazard send Chelsea into Premier League top-four with win over Huddersfield

Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Premier League goals as Chelsea stormed to an emphatic 5-0 victory over Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old struck the opener in the 16th minute before hitting a stunning curler from 25 yards to cap an impressive home debut.

Eden Hazard also bagged a brace, with a penalty on the stroke of half-time and a smart finish in the second half, before David Luiz wrapped up the three points for the Blues late on.

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Huddersfield could and probably should have taken the lead moments after. Aaron Mooy rose well to meet Chris Lowe’s cross but couldn’t keep his header down.

Chelsea began to bombard the Huddersfield goal and with quarter of an hour gone, the deadlock was broken – and in some style too.

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N’Golo Kante received possession on the edge of the area and with a deft through pass, using the outside of his boot, found Higuain in space. The striker took one touch before slamming home into the roof of the net.

The second was perhaps less straightforward as Cesar Azpilicueta surged into the Huddersfield box and appeared to be caught by Elias Kachunga, with referee Paul Tierney pointing to the spot.

players’ performance after a humiliating 4-0 defeat in midweek by Bournemouth. But the Italian was determined to keep faith in his ‘Sarriball’ system – and it appeared to pay off as Chelsea knocked the ball about with swagger and confidence.

Higuain, who cut an isolated figure on his Premier League debut, appeared to have a spring in his step this time and the Argentine had his first sniff of goal after just three minutes, seeing his clever volley blocked by Terence Kongolo.

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Huddersfield could and probably should have taken the lead moments after. Aaron Mooy rose well to meet Chris Lowe’s cross but couldn’t keep his header down.

Chelsea began to bombard the Huddersfield goal and with quarter of an hour gone, the deadlock was broken – and in some style too.

N’Golo Kante received possession on the edge of the area and with a deft through pass, using the outside of his boot, found Higuain in space. The striker took one touch before slamming home into the roof of the net.

The second was perhaps less straightforward as Cesar Azpilicueta surged into the Huddersfield box and appeared to be caught by Elias Kachunga, with referee Paul Tierney pointing to the spot.

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Hazard stepped up and planted his effort into the corner to give the home side a crucial two-goal lead at the break.

The task was made a lot more simple in the second half, with Higuain scoring a splendid goal from 25 yards, curling into the far corner, before Hazard rounded Lossl and finished from a tight angle to make it four.

There was still time for a fifth when David Luiz’s header was deflected home by Steve Mounie to help Chelsea back to winning ways and back into the top four

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