Give me a double
#ALLINCFC Tue 10 Jan 2017
Pedro may have been denied a Boxing Day brace against Bournemouth but there was no doubt about the validity of the Spaniard’s double strike on the weekend as he became the sixth Chelsea player to score twice in a match this season.
The diminutive attacker was initially credited with two of the Blues’ goals in our 3-0 victory over the Cherries but his second in stoppage time was subsequently credited as an own goal after it took a deflection off defender Steve Cook.
However, there was no denying the 29-year-old his brace against Peterborough in the third round of the FA Cup as he opened the scoring after 18 minutes and rounded off the 4-1 win with a clinical low strike from just outside the box.
Here’s a look at the other five players who have bagged doubles for the Blues so far this season.
Bristol Rovers, EFL Cup
After opening his Chelsea account in our 2-1 win at Watford a few days earlier, Michy Batshuayi marked his first start for the Blues by netting twice as we beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the second round of the EFL Cup. The Belgian striker showed his predatory instincts as he slammed in the opener after being set up by Nemanja Matic in the 29th minute before turning in Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s cross to make it 3-1 shortly before half-time.
Swansea, Premier League
Diego Costa always seems to enjoy playing against Swansea, netting five goals in two matches against the Welsh side in the 2014/15 season and bagging another two in our 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium in September. The big centre-forward saw his 18th minute opener cancelled out by two goals in four minutes by the home side in the second half but he secured a point for the Blues in spectacular fashion by finding the net with an acrobatic bicycle kick nine minutes from time.
Leicester City, EFL Cup
So often the provider for the Blues, Cesc Fabregas proved to be our executor as we came from two goals to beat Leicester 4-2 in the third round of the EFL Cup. Having set up a goal for Gary Cahill at the end of the first half to begin the comeback, the Spaniard completed the job against the Foxes by netting twice in three minutes early in extra-time. He fired in his first after Eden Hazard set him up with a neat back-heel before latching on to a loose ball and volleying into the roof of the net for his second.
Everton, Premier League
Eden Hazard was a standout performer in the most impressive display of our 13-match winning run in the Premier League as he bagged a brace in the 5-0 demolition of Everton. The brilliant Belgian broke the deadlock after 19 minutes, bringing the ball in from the left flank before finding the far corner with an accurate low drive. He then left the Toffees’ defence flat-footed for our fourth 11 minutes into the second half, running on to Pedro’s back-heel pass and cutting in from the right before despatching the ball in at Maarten Stekelenburg’s near post.
Stoke City, Premier League
Willian claimed his first-ever Chelsea double as we saw off Stoke City 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Day. The Brazilian put us 2-1 up in the 57th minute, rifling home from 12 yards after Victor Moses’ cross had been laid off for him by Eden Hazard, and just 75 seconds after Stoke had levelled for the second time, he scored our decisive third. Running on to Cesc Fabregas’s through pass on the right, he fired an unstoppable effort high past Lee Grant at his near post.