15th of September 2018

Pedro celebrates Premier League 100-game landmark (4-1)

Chelsea FC gained all three points on Saturday home fixture against Cardiff City. The game was also the 100th appearance for Pedro as the Spaniard played 66 minutes. An Eden Hazard hat-trick, combined with an excellent strike by Willian, extended the winning start to the season to five games as Chelsea came from behind to beat Cardiff City.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession throughout the match, there was a spell in the first half when it looked set to be a frustrating day at Stamford Bridge. The visitors found the lead against the run of play when Sol Bamba turned in a long free-kick from close range.

Two good saves from Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and a couple of efforts from Pedro, in particular, which went agonisingly wide meant it was starting to look like the footballing Gods were against blues.

Thankfully, Hazard and Olivier Giroud renewed their partnership in attack to great success, combining twice to give us the lead before the break.

Chelsea asserted their dominance more comprehensively in the second half, as Hazard completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Willian was fouled, before the Brazilian got on the scoresheet himself with a fine effort from outside the box, to make it a comfortable end to the game.

Despite the early scare it turned out to be a fairly comfortable job to see out the game. The three-goal winning margin may not have told the whole story, but given our dominant performance for much of the game there was no question Blues deserved it.

- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 49); Pedro (Willian 66), Giroud, Hazard (Zappacosta 82).
Unused subs: Caballero, Christensen, Drinkwater, Morata.
Scorers Hazard 36, 43, 81, Willian 82

Cardiff City (4-4-2): Etheridge; Manga, Morrison (c), Bamba, Bennett; Camarasa, Arter (Richards 45), Ralls, Hoilett; Reid (Paterson 70), Ward (Madine 76).
Unused subs: Murphy, Peltier, Zohore, Cunningham.
Scorer Bamba 15

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 40,499

- Match report by chelseafc.com

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