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Hazard leads Blues past Brighton

Goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard guided Chelsea to a 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The game got off to a slow start as neither side looked like carving out a chance in the opening stages of the encounter.

With 17 minutes gone, the Blues eventually got the breakthrough goal when Eden Hazard surged into the box before teeing up Pedro, who made no mistake from close range.

The lead was doubled in the 33rd minute as Willian turned provider to play in Hazard, who raced clear on goal before slotting past Matt Ryan.

The Blues nearly bagged a third goal shortly before the break, but defender Antonio Rudiger was unable to direct his header on target following a corner.

Brighton looked a bit more livelier in the second half after withdrawing the in-effective Glen Murray for Florin Andone, although clear-cut chances were still hard to come by.

The hosts were rewarded for their pressure after 66 minutes when Bernado knocked a cross back into the box. where Solly March was on hand to volley home.

Chelsea looked a little nervous with some of their clearances as the second half winded down, although Brighton were unable to take advantage.

Chelsea looked a little nervous with some of their clearances as the second half winded down, although Brighton were unable to take advantage.

The visitors suffered a blow in the final 10 minutes when Hazard was forced off with an injury and replaced Olivier Giroud for the latter stages.

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