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Hazard hat-trick against Cardiff sends Chelsea top

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By Reuters
Hazard hat-trick against Cardiff sends Chelsea top
Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Cardiff City - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - September 15, 2018 Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh   -   Copyright  EDDIE KEOGH(Reuters)

(Reuters) – - A hat-trick from Belgian magician Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea kept their 100 percent record this season with a 4-1 win over promoted Cardiff City that sent the Londoners to the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Chelsea, who have won their first five games of the season, were stunned when an unmarked Sol Bamba flicked home to put Cardiff ahead in the 16th minute, but Hazard replied twice before halftime as the home side upped the tempo.

He hit the bottom corner after dancing round two defenders to shoot low in the 37th minute, then latched on to another Olivier Giroud layoff with the Frenchman at full stretch in the 44th.

The Belgian scored a cool penalty in the 81st minute after Bamba brought down Willian in the area. Willian rounded off a satisfying afternoon for the London side, who moved top on goal difference, with a dipping shot from outside the area.

(Reporting by Clare Lovell, editing by Pritha Sarkar)