Eden Hazard has given the Blues the lead from the penalty spot at Stamford Bridge.
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The Belgian who has an 100% record from the spot in the Premier League, made no mistake from 12 yards to finally break the deadlock against a stubborn Stoke City side managed by former Blues striker Mark Hughes.
The league leaders saw their lead at the top of the table cut down to four points after the day’s earlier action which saw Arsenal move into second with a 4-1 win against Liverpool at the Emirates.