Hazard inspires Chelsea to victory

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Premier League debutant Eden Hazard played a starring role as Chelsea began their season with a 2-0 victory over Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Both goals came in the first seven minutes, with Hazard setting up full-back Branislav Ivanovic for the opener and then winning a penalty that was converted by Frank Lampard.

Wigan dominated much of the rest of the game and pressed hard for a goal, with Chelsea target Victor Moses, former Blue Franco Di Santo and new striker Arouna Kone all forcing decent saves from Petr Cech, but they could not make the breakthrough.

Hazard, who impressed sufficiently to claim the man of the match award, was replaced on the hour mark by fellow summer signing Oscar. The Brazilian had the chance to mark his debut with a goal but dragged his shot wide when put through on goal.

Fernando Torres would have liked to have got his campaign up and running with a goal but was desperately unlucky to see his effort trickle towards the line before being cleared to safety. On another day the Spaniard may have scored at least two or three, but such is his luck in a blue shirt, it seems.

Victor Moses will have done his prospects of securing a move to Chelsea no harm with an inspired display, but the hulking forward couldn't quite pull his side back in the game with a goal that would have sent up a grandstand finish.

Ultimately Blues boss Roberto di Matteo will be happy with a win in his first game of the season, although he will have to get more from his richly assembled squad in the coming months if they wish to mount a genuine challenge at the sharp end of the table.

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