December 26, 2018 / 10:07 PM / 6 months ago

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

* Hazard scored brace in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford

* Goal either side of break sealed three points

* Pereyra volleyed superb equaliser for Watford

* Watford defender Kabasele suffered rib injury

* Chelsea remained fourth on 40 points, 11 behind leaders Liverpool

* Chelsea away to Crystal Palace on Sunday, Watford host Newcastle on Saturday WATFORD 1 CHELSEA 2

Dec 26 (Reuters) - 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)

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