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Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City: GK blunders, Hazard PK highlight Blues win (video)

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Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard scores from the penalty spot for the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in London on April 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Two big goalie blunders highlighted Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Stoke City on NBC this Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

After an Eden Hazard PK put Chelsea up 1-0, Thibaut Courtois was caught off his line by a 65-yard bolt from Charlie Adam to tie it at 1, only to see Stoke counterpart set Hazard up for Loic Remy’s match-winner.

Top of the table Chelsea has a 7-point lead on Arsenal with a match-in-hand, and a nine-point lead on Manchester City.

Stoke’s 42 points sit mid-table, level with ninth-place West Ham.

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Chelsea nearly scored in the third minute, as Asmir Begovic had to leap to deprive Loic Remy’s shot from near the spot.

What followed was a lot of tight quarters play, almost a feeling out period between the two sides apart from Eden Hazard’s speculative blast from 25 yards out that sailed over the goal.

The first half wasn’t too lively for most of the first half hour, with Hazard the only threat. Oscar hit a low ball wide in the 30th minute that should’ve made it 1-0.

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Then Cesc Fabregas worked Phillipp Wollscheid for a 39th minute penalty kick, and Eden Hazard hit a low strike barely left of the middle to make it 1-0.

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Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois falls into his own goal after chasing back but failing to keep out a long range shot from Stoke City’s Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam (unseen) who scored to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in London on April 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

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You’re lying if you thought a first-half equalizer was coming, but Adam found it from well inside his own half. Thibaut Courtois had drifted past his 18, and Adam unloaded a 65-plus yard shot that sailed over the Chelsea keeper and into the goal. Wow.

Diego Costa was unveiled at halftime, and lasted a walloping 11 minutes before his wonky hamstring went out again. It would be Didier Drogba joining Loic Remy for the rest of the match.

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Fittingly, it was a goalkeeper error that undid Stoke. Begovic rolled out a poor offering from the top of the 18, and Hazard dribbled into the 18 before deferring to Remy, who passed it home and subbed off with Chelsea up 2-1.

Steven N’Zonzi put a shot past Courtois but off the right post moments later.

Begovic made a pair of huge saves as the clock hit 80, denying Juan Cuadrado twice after a nice combination play with Hazard.

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Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar (Costa, 46'; Drogba, 57'), Hazard; Remy (Cuadrado, 63').

Goal: Hazard (PK, 39'), Remy (62')

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wollscheid, Wilson; Ireland (Crouch, 78'), Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Pieters, 79'); Walters, Diouf (Arnautovic, 62').

Goal: Adam (44')

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