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Hazard brace gives Chelsea 2-1 win at Watford, Kabasele injured

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Hazard brace gives Chelsea 2-1 win at Watford, Kabasele injured
Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Chelsea - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - December 26, 2018 Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores their second goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs   -   Copyright  PAUL CHILDS(Reuters)

Dec 26 (Reuters) – WATFORD 1 CHELSEA 2

Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea secured a 2-1 win at Watford on Wednesday to stay fourth in the Premier League.

After a home loss to Leicester on Saturday, Chelsea bounced back with a well-deserved win at Vicarage Road. They remain 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

The match, however, was overshadowed by the injury suffered by Watford defender Christian Kabasele, who crashed into the goalpost early in the game. Despite appearing to suffer a rib injury following the collision, he tried to continue but ended up being carried out of the grounds on a stretcher while being given oxygen.

Hazard opened the scoring in first half stoppage time when he rounded Watford ‘keeper Ben Foster and slotted home after being put through with a pass by midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

But Watford equalised moments before the break with a well-worked corner to Argentine midfielder Roberto Pereyra, whose superbly-timed volley from the edge of the box rocketed into the net for his sixth Premier League goal of season.

Hazard scored the winner from the spot early in the second half after being brought down by Foster.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Pritha Sarkar)