Hazard scores brace to lift Chelsea up to third
The Blues started to make their dominance count with a little under a quarter of the match played as N’Golo Kante, finding all sorts of space high up the pitch, spun away from Angelo Ogbonna and fired over the bar.
That attempt was off target but star man Hazard lit up the match with his sublime solo goal soon after, taking the ball past Mark Noble around 35 yards from goal, knocking it between Fabian Balbuena and Ogbonna in the final third and then finishing off the move with a left-foot finish into the bottom corner of the net.
With West Ham perhaps still wondering what had just happened, Hazard turned provider as he picked out Gonzalo Higuain, who in turn found the post via a touch off Lukasz Fabianski.
Hazard then had a penalty shout turned down when barged into by Marko Arnautovic, with the referee feeling it was a simple shoulder-to-shoulder challenge, before teeing up Callum Hudson-Odoi for a blocked shot in the box.
Chelsea also looked just as dangerous as they did in the first half, coming close through another Hazard shot – which Hudson-Odoi got in the way of – and substitute Olivier Giroud was also thwarted by the legs of Fabianski.
With a minute of normal time to play the home side made certain of the points, and it was Hazard who killed off the contest with his second of the night.