A Moment in Time

In the latest instalment of a feature where we look back at memorable moments from the past through a selection of images, we recall Eden Hazard's first Chelsea hat-trick, scored four years ago today. 

Like Hazard's maiden goal for the club, it came against Newcastle at the Bridge on a day when the Belgian shone.

 

Chelsea v Newcastle United, Saturday 8 February 2014, Premier League, Stamford Bridge

The Blues went into the game in a fine run of form and having not tasted defeat in the Premier League for two months.

The breakthrough did not come during the opening stages, but two goals in the space of six minutes before the break put us firmly in control of the contest.

The first arrived when Hazard swept home a superb strike from a Branislav Ivanovic pass, giving Tim Krul no chance.

Six minutes later it was 2-0, and Hazard was at it again, advancing into the penalty area before exchanging passes with Samuel Eto'o and finishing in style.

It was a goal of the highest quality and a sign of the way in which Hazard was playing, with confidence flowing through the attacker.


Frank Lampard started the game in midfield alongside Nemanja Matic and below the midfielder is pictured bringing the ball under control. 

Later in the game he would show the quality of his character when he allowed Hazard to take the penalty to claim his hat-trick.

That moment arrived shortly after the hour when Eto'o was fouled inside the Newcastle penalty area. Lampard was the designated penalty taker, but the midfielder handed the responsibility over to Hazard, who dispatched a trademark kick to claim his maiden three-goal haul for the Blues, and the match ball in the process.

A delighted Hazard is mobbed by his team-mates after making it 3-0, capping a marvellous day both for himself and the team.

Five minutes from time he was afforded the reception from the home fans his performance had merited when he left the field of play to be replaced by Andre Schurrle.

By that stage, his work was done!