Southampton and Chelsea shared the points at St. Mary's, as the two sides meet in the Premier League on Sunday. Sadio Mane gave the home side an early lead, before the afternoon's outstanding performer, Eden Hazard restored parity in first-half stoppage time.
This was yet another magnificent performance from the Belgian youngster who caused havoc in the Saints defence whenever he received possession. He proved a constant danger on both flanks, with his quick feet causing countless problems; as has been the case all season.
Unsurprisingly, Hazard completed a match-best seven take ons, as he found success in an impressive 70% of his attempts to dribble past an opposition defender. He also suffered five fouls, winning a number of dangerous attacking free-kicks for the league leaders.
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His goal was exactly what we have come to expect from the Belgian - a wonderful move, started by a deft pass from Cesc Fabregas, who has now recorded 13 assists for the season.
Hazard cut behind the Saints defensive line, before running onto the Spaniard's perfectly weighted through ball. He then continued his charge into the 18-yard-box, where he cut inside and placed a perfect low right-foot shot beyond the reach of the outstretched Fraser Forster.
This was one of two attempts he managed throughout his ninety-minute cameo, the second of which proved inaccurate. Nonetheless, having scored his first away goal for Chelsea in the Premier League since January 17th - ending a run of 16 games - Blues fans will just be happy to see him on the scoresheet.
Despite managing 65 passes, of which 86% were accurate, somewhat surprisingly, he failed to fashion a single chance for his team-mates. Considering he has averaged 2.47 key passes per game, throughout his 19 league appearances this season, he will be disappointed with his inability to create an opening against the Saints, one of only three times this has happened this season.
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This proved to be yet another brilliant performance from the Belgian who has been the league leaders' stand-out player this season. It's easy to wax lyrical about a player who has huge potential, but Eden Hazard is one of few talents who is actually living up to his suggested ability.
It's clear to see why the Blues forked out £32million for his services two summers ago.