Eden Hazard drives Chelsea closer to title against Manchester United
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Eden Hazard drives Chelsea closer to title against Manchester United

Fola Akintomide

Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Manchester United, and probably the Premier League title. United dominated in possession and territory for much of the first half but created almost nothing with it.

Chelsea were happy to stand off their opponents, and Kurt Zouma’s marking job on Marouane Fellaini meant that Manchester United were not able to open up sides down the left or with the high ball like they had most of their recent rivals. Wayne Rooney went closest for United early on when he clipped a shot just wide of the near post when he had time to do better, but it was Chelsea who scored the only goal of the half.

Chris Smalling fired in a pass to Radamel Falcao who was tackled firmly by John Terry. The ball was swiftly worked to Hazard down the left of the box and he finished calmly past David de Gea. In the second half, chances were again at a premium as Chelsea sat back and United struggled to create, but the hosts almost doubled their lead when Hazard hit the bar, and Falcao sliced a shot high. Ander Herrera tried to win a penalty with a dive in the last few seconds, but was rightly turned down.

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