Early goals help Chelsea see off Wigan

Wigan 0 Chelsea 2

Chelsea – and new signing Eden Hazard in particular – made a blistering start to their Premier League campaign.

Two goals in the opening seven minutes secured victory for the European champions and Belgian starlet Hazard, making his league debut for the Blues, was involved in them both.

Ivanovic got Chelsea’s first.

He skipped away from his man and threaded through a perfect pass for Branislav Ivanovic, who fired in the opener.

Frank Lampard then netted from the penalty spot after Hazard had been brought down by Ivan Ramis.

Fernando Torres came close to extending Chelsea’s lead just after the hour mark.

The Spaniard latched on to Ryan Bertrand’s header forward and poked the ball past keeper Ali Al-Habsi only to see Ramis clear off the line.

Oscar then came on as a substitute for Hazard and the Brazilian made an immediate impact on his debut, tearing down the right flank and sending a shot wide of the target.

Bertrand was handed a starting place ahead of Daniel Sturridge, while Ramires missed out because of illness.

Victor Moses was included in Wigan’s starting line-up and showed flashes of why Chelsea are keen to sign him.

But the Latics’ best chances fell to Jordi Gomez, who headed wide after getting in front of David Luiz to meet Maynor Figueroa’s cross, and later volleyed wide from 10 yards out.

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