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Eden Hazard expertly mocked Asmir Begovic after Chelsea beat Bournemouth

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Chelsea's title defence hasn't exactly been convincing so far, but they picked up a vital three points against Bournemouth.

Eden Hazard got the only goal of the game to seal a 1-0 victory and take some of the pressure off Antonio Conte.

Defeats to Burnley, Manchester City, and Crystal Palace mean the Blues are still only fourth, yet after coming so close to dropping points in the Watford game, all that mattered was that they didn't suffer another slip-up against the Cherries.

Conte's men were frustrated in the first half, largely thanks to one of their former team-mates.

Asmir Begovic, now in goal for Bournemouth, did incredibly well to deny Alvaro Morata from close range.

The Bosnian stopper's performance proved a major talking point among Chelsea fans, who couldn't remember seeing him make so many saves in their colours.

The 30-year-old finally moved away from Stamford Bridge in the summer after failing to nail down a regular place, making just 19 first-team appearances in two years.

Ultimately, Hazard got the better of him in the end, blasting a firm shot beyond him in the 51st minute after a chipped assist from Morata. 

It was no less than the dominant visitors deserved. 

Hazard trolls Begovic

In celebration after the game, the Belgian took a selfie which was posted on the club's Instagram channel - and fans couldn't help noticing the picture in the background.

Very cheeky from Hazard. That has to be deliberate, doesn't it?!

Despite Begovic's best efforts, Bournemouth remain in trouble after their seventh loss in ten league games. Eddie Howe's side sit 19th in the table, propped up only by Crystal Palace.

As for Conte, he was a relieved man after the final whistle.

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"I think we deserved to win because we played good football," he said, per the BBC.

"When you have a lot of chances to score, I think you must do it.

"To keep the result to only 1-0 can be dangerous. I think today that if I have to find a negative aspect, we could be more clinical."

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