Hazard: Panenka Was All Instinct


Chelsea ace, Eden Hazard says playing the penalty as a panenka was not at all planned and purely down to instincts.

The Belgium international scored the third goal for the Blues from the spot, after Moses was brought down in the box.

Hazard’s goal from the spot was a panenka, that capped a brilliant performance by the attacker, who equalised for Chelsea after Gayle’s opener.

“When I take the ball in my hands, it’s instinct,” he told Sky Sports. “I just want to do this. I want the goalkeeper to move because, if he doesn’t, I’m in trouble.”

Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow said it was a frustrating way to concede for a third time, having performed well to keep his side in with a chance of a result.

“The chip annoyed me a little bit. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t, but it’s a great penalty,” he said.

“There are positives. We’ve gone to Manchester United and Chelsea and done all right in spells but you get punished at this level. We have to keep improving.”


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