A league of his own
Inside Blue Mon 4 Dec 2017
Eden Hazard became the top-scoring Belgian in Champions League history with his goal against Qarabag last time out. Here's a reminder of how he reached that tally.
The Blues No10 had to wait a while to break his duck against Europe's elite, having gone scoreless in his debut campaign in the competition with Lille and repeating the trick in his first season at Stamford Bridge, when we exited in the group phase for the only time in our history.
However, at the 14th time of asking he opened his account in the Champions League with a late strike in our 3-0 win at Schalke. It was a typically brilliant goal by Hazard, who raced through on goal and finished clinically with his left foot to put the icing on the cake.
He followed that up later in the season with a nerveless penalty against Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc Des Princes and though it was a largely forgettable night for the travelling Blues support as we lost 3-1, the away goal proved vital as we won the second leg 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
His first Champions League brace arrived in the 2014/15 in a thumping 6-0 triumph over Maribor, which set the record for our biggest-ever win in the competition. Once again he proved a dab hand from the penalty spot and his second goal was an absolute peach as he sublimely controlled a lofted pass by Nathan Ake before smashing home.
There was another penalty that season in the last 16 against PSG, who we were facing for the second consecutive season in the knockout stages, although his extra-time conversion wasn't enough to see us through as we exited on away goals.
Hazard's tally of three goals in 2014/15 was his best in a Champions League campaign, but that has already been matched this term with one Group C game to be played and with the Blues guaranteed a spot in last 16.
Roma were on the receiving end of another two-goal haul by the Belgian, whose powerful strike had put us 2-0 up in the game before the Italian side stormed back to lead 3-2. However, a deft header, perfectly placed into the far corner, brought an equaliser for the Blues.
In our most recent Champions League game we made our longest-ever trip for a competitive European fixture when we travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan, to take on Qarabag, and the Blues fans who made the lengthy journey were given some early cheer when Hazard scored from the penalty spot to set us on the way to a 4-0 victory.
He also set up one of Willian's brace with a cheeky backheel to both score and assist in a Champions League game for the first time in his career.