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Ten-man Chelsea lose to Watford


Eden Hazard's goal was the Chelsea highlight in a tough loss to Watford in the Premier League.

The Blues were down to ten men within half an hour when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off after being shown two yellow cards in five minutes.

Watford were ahead soon after, and despite Hazard's equaliser late on, 10-man Chelsea were unable to hold out against the Hornets.

Neither team got a grip on the game in the opening stages, so when Bakayoko was sent off Watford were able to take control.

Chelsea's French midfielder saw two yellows in the space of five minutes, both for challenges near the halfway line. The Blues protested, but the referee's mind was made up.

The night went from bad to worse just before half-time. Watford's Gerard Deulofeu, a summer loan signing from Barcelona, won a penalty after his trailing leg was caught by Thibaut Courtois. Hornets captain Troy Deeney stepped up and scored from the spot.

In the second-half, Chelsea did well to hold off the Watford attack while a man down, limiting their opponents to long-range shots, so when Hazard equalised in the 82nd minute, Blues fans would have been forgiven for thinking their team had snatched a point!

Just after the hour-mark, Antonio Conte brought on Olivier Giroud for his Chelsea debut, and the tall striker caused problems for the Watford defence. But the goal was all Hazard.

The brilliant Belgian picked up the ball 30 yards out, with his back to goal, and spun away from a defender with a fantastic flick.

He darted from one foot to the other, wrong-footing two defenders, and curled a magnificent strike into the bottom corner.

The Blues number 10 barely celebrated, making sure his teammates grabbed the ball to get the game started again: he was hungry for the win.

However, it wasn't to be, and Watford came right back to go ahead with their second goal two minutes later.

Chelsea's defence looked dead on their feet as Daryl Janmaat exchanged passes with his Watford teammates and slid the ball past Courtois to put the Hornets 2-1 ahead.

It was 3-1 four minutes later, through Deulofeu, and the 4-1 three minutes after that, when substitute Roberto Pereyra scored one in stoppage time.

It was a tough night for Chelsea, but goalkeeper Courtois stressed in an interview after the match that the Blues will be able to come back.

‘Obviously we are disappointed with the two results we have had in the last week, obviously it is not good but we have to regroup in training, have heads high and continue the hard work and just continue what we were doing,’ he said.

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