Loic Rémy gave Chelsea a vital victory in their pursuit of a first Premier League title in five years, as Chelsea beat Hull 3-2 at the KC Stadium.
The visitors raced into a two-goal lead inside nine minutes, as Eden Hazard opened the scoring with a marvellous 20-yard left-footed strike after just 87 seconds. This was the Belgian winger’s 16th goal of the season in all competitions. Then Chelsea doubled their lead in the ninth minute, when Diego Costa, coming down the left-flank, scored his 20th league goal of the season with a fine finessed finish inside Alan McGregor’s far post.
At this point Chelsea looked to be cruising, but unfortunately they controversially threw away a two-goal lead, and the home side stunned the visitors by replying with two quick-fire goals 74 seconds apart, in the 26th and 28th minutes. Hull's Scottish left-back Andy Robertson evaded Branislav Ivanovic and Willian on Chelsea’s right-flank, to cross an excellent ball into the corridor of death, which Ahmed Elmohamady reached to stroke in, to ignite a comeback from the Tigers.
The revelation of the season, Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, then made a gaffe when a poor Ivanovic’s back pass was rolled to him, and he was unable to clear the ball with his right foot. He tried with his left, only for the ball to take a heavy touch and go straight to Abel Hernandez - who made up for his earlier missed chance to stroke the ball into a gaping net for a shock 2-2 scoreline.
The second-half proved to be a tense affair, as Courtois atoned for his earlier error, with perhaps the goalkeeping moment off the season, when he made a terrific triple save to keep the scores level. The Tigers then dominated Chelsea, who scored with all three of their shots on target in the match, as Rémy was sent on to replaced injured Costa. The substitute then snatched all three points for the West-Londoners in the 77th minute, as his scuffed effort luckily went through the legs of McGregor. The Blues restored their six point lead over Manchester City and retained a game in hand over their rivals. #Football