LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Samuel Eto’o fired home a hat-trick and Chelsea kept the pressure on the English Premier League leaders by beating Manchester United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Video Highlight: Chelsea beat Man United 3-1
Eto’o Scores – Chelsea 1-0
Eto’o Scores – Chelsea 2-0
Eto’o Scores – Chelsea 3-0
Hernandez Scores – Chelsea 3, Manchester United 1
Manchester United dominated the game in the early goings, but poor defending afterwards saw Jose Mourinho’s men capitalizing to take the lead through Eto’o, who opened the scoring in the 17th minute after his shot took a deflection off Michael Carrick and beat David De Gea in goal.
Shortly before the half-time whistle, Eto’o, once again took advantage of some poor marking by Rafael to sweep home past the Manchester United goalkeeper.
The Cameroon international who got the starting nod ahead of Fernando Torres, then justify his place in the lineup by completing his hat-trick after blasting home from close range in the 49th minute.
Manchester United got a goal from substitute Javier Hernandez, but it wasn’t enough to prevent David Moyes’ men from falling to their seventh Premier League defeat of the season.
Nemanja Vidic was sent off in stoppage time for a poor tackle on Eden Hazard.
Eto’o was named Man of the Match.