Two goals in the first seven minutes from Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard helped Chelsea to a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory against Wigan at the DW stadium.
New Chelsea signing Eden Hazard showed why Chelsea paid £32million as he turned neatly before sending Ivanovic clear and he beat Ali Al Habsi at his near post with a low shot to give the European champions the lead after only three minutes. Hazard also played a part in Chelsea’s second goal after he was fouled in the box by Wigan debutant Ivan Ramis and Frank Lampard tucked away the resulting penalty.
Victor Moses, who has been linked heavily with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, tested Petr Cech twice during the match and gave England international Ashley Cole a hard afternoon but Wigan struggled to create any noteworthy opportunities.
Wigan’s best chance to halved the deficit came on the stroke of half time when former Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo raced onto a clever through ball from Figueroa but he failed to beat Cech when through one-on-one after a slack first touch narrowed the angle.
Wigan continued to push forward in the second half but Fernando Torres then had the chance to put the game beyond the hosts with his first real sight of goal. The Spaniard came in behind Wigan’s defence after Ryan Bertrand had headed on but despite touching the ball past Al-Habsi, Ramis successfully chased back to clear off the line.
Roberto Martinez’s men refused to lie down as new signing Arouna Kone headed wide following a corner before Jordi Gomez acrobatically fired over the bar but it was too little to late for the Latics.
Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Maloney (Gomez 48′ ), Moses, McArthur,(Watson 80′ ), Di Santo (Kone 67′ )
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, David Luiz, Terry, Bertrand, Lampard, Mikel, Hazard (Oscar 64′ ), Torres, Mata (Meireles 82′ )
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