3 January 2016

Nigeria: Mikel Shines As Chelsea Beat Palace to Give Hiddink First Win

Mikel Obi posted a fine display on Sunday, as Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 in a Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.

Chelsea's Obi Mikel, Willian, Zouma and Ivanovic applaud fans at the end of the match. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The win was Guus Hiddink's first of his second spell in charge of Chelsea.

Super Eagles star Mikel was solid in the Chelsea midfield and started the move that led to Oscar's opening goal in the first half.

Mikel had 96% pass accuracy, won three tackles, had two blocks and one interception and was one of Chelsea's outstanding players.

The Blues went into the match on a seven-game winless streak on the road, but goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa ensured that they got 2016 off to an encouraging start in the first Premier League London derby of the year.

Eden Hazard was forced off early with an injury but that did not stop Chelsea from putting up a dominant performance.

Chelsea took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark, however, as Cesc Fabregas's pass sent Diego Costa through down the right channel and the striker cut the ball back for Oscar to slide a simple finish into an unguarded net.

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