Hazard helps Blues down Toon

Hazard opened the scoring from the spot in the 22nd minute

before laying on the second goal for Torres in first-half stoppage

time.

Chelsea were without injured skipper John Terry and left

vice-captain Frank Lampard on the bench, but still had enough

quality and experience to dominate the opening 45 minutes before an

improved Newcastle performance in the second half.

The victory saw the Blues maintain their perfect start to the

new season and return to the top of the fledgling league table.

The opening 15 minutes were uneventful, with John Obi Mikel

firing high and wide and Hazard shooting straight at Newcastle

goalkeeper Tim Krul.

But the home side created the first real chance three minutes

later.

Torres controlled a cross-field pass from Raul Meireles before

rolling a ball just inside the box to Ryan Bertrand, whose effort

was not strong enough to test Krul.

The European champions were ahead soon after, though, when

Vurnon Anita – making his first Premier League start for Newcastle

– brought down Torres just inside the area.

With regular penalty-taker Lampard on the bench, Hazard – who

earned spot-kicks for his side in each of their first two games

this season – stepped up and directed a low penalty past Krul.

Branislav Ivanovic nearly doubled Chelsea’s lead just after the

half-hour mark when he out-jumped Davide Santon to meet Ashley

Cole’s deep cross but his header was too close to Krul, who managed

to keep the Serbia captain’s effort out.

Hazard could have grabbed his second of the game five minutes

later but he blazed over from the edge of the area as the hosts

started to dominate possession.

Torres was then showed a yellow card by referee Phil Dowd for

diving after knocking the ball around Fabricio Coloccini with the

whole of the Chelsea bench up in arms as it appeared the Newcastle

captain caught Torres with his trailing leg.

The visitors went close to equalising a minute before half-time

when full-back Danny Simpson challenged David Luiz as he tried to

carry the ball out of the box.

The loose ball broke for Papiss Cisse, but his snap-shot –

although hit with venom – was straight at Petr Cech, who held the

ball well.

There was still time before the interval for Chelsea to double

their lead as the impressive Hazard back-heeled the ball perfectly

into the path of Torres, who finished coolly into the top

corner.

Newcastle came out in the second half looking for an early goal

to get themselves back into the game.

First Hatem Ben Arfa wriggled free before shooting wide before

Jonas Gutierrez followed suit moments later.

Demba Ba then forced Cech into a smart save with his legs after

breaking free inside the Chelsea penalty area.

With the visitors starting to get a foothold in the game,

Roberto Di Matteo introduced Ramires off the bench in place of Juan

Mata to add more guile to the Chelsea midfield.

But it was Newcastle substitute Ryan Taylor who almost

orchestrated the third goal of the game.

His deep free-kick was met by the head of Cisse but the Senegal

striker could not keep his effort down and it comfortably cleared

Cech’s crossbar.

With Newcastle pushing forward Chelsea were able to launch

several counter-attacks and Bertrand almost scored a third with 10

minutes to go but his drilled effort was deflected past Krul’s far

post for a corner.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew introduced Sylvain Marveaux for the

final 15 minutes and his injection of pace added to Newcastle’s

potency in attack.

His 84th-minute cross found its way to Ba who, after mis-kicking

his first effort, forced a low save out of Cech from eight

yards.

With 90 minutes on the clock Luiz required treatment following a

clash of heads with Ba as the two contested another Marveaux

cross.

Despite requiring a bandage after suffering a nasty cut, the

Brazilian defender was untroubled for the five minutes of

additional time as Chelsea saw out the remainder of the game

without incident.