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Morata's hat-trick lifts Chelsea

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

LONDON, England (AP):

Despite having been Chelsea's second choice in the transfer window, Alvaro Morata is quickly proving his doubters wrong in the English Premier League.

The former Real Madrid forward showcased his skills with a hat-trick as Chelsea defeated Stoke 4-0 yesterday, drawing him level with Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero with six league goals.

"Alvaro took his goals very well, which, for a striker, is very important," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. "I am pleased with the team also because it means we are creating chances for our strikers."

Aguero and Lukaku were on the scoresheet, too, as Man City and Manchester United won but stayed unbeaten by different paths.


Leaky defence


City's latest victims were winless Crystal Palace by 5-0, while United ground down Southampton 1-0 thanks to Lukaku's first-half strike.

Liverpool overcame their leaky defence to secure a first win in September as Philippe Coutinho starred in a 3-2 win at Leicester.

Tottenham and Watford also maintained perfect away records. Spurs withstood a late West Ham comeback to win at the London Stadium 3-2; Watford won at Swansea 2-1; Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 2-1; and Burnley and Huddersfield played out a goalless draw.