Tammy Abraham scored a hat trick as Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at Molineux in the English Premier League on Saturday. Not counting own-goals, Chelsea became the first-ever team to have 11 straight Premier League goals scored by players aged 21 or younger. Fikayo Tomori put Chelsea ahead with a superb 31st-minute strike and Abraham doubled the advantage three minutes later. Abraham, who netted twice in each of his previous two games, added a header in the 41st and a 55th-minute finish to make victory look all but secure for the Blues.
Wolves hit back via an Abraham own-goal in the 69th, and it was 4-2 in the 85th thanks to substitute Patrick Cutrone. Mason Mount got Chelsea’s fifth deep in stoppage time. Abraham came off in the 77th with an apparent injury, but it didn’t seem serious, with Lampard keen to talk up his chances of making England’s squad for international games next month. Of more concern could be a groin problem for Antonio Rudiger, after the German defender was brought off at halftime. “It was more than a precaution because he did feel some pain. We’ll assess it over the next couple of days,” said Lampard, whose team hosts Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday. After five games Chelsea has eight points — five more than Wolves in 19th place. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s verdict was simple: “Too many goals, too many mistakes.”
Chelsea have indeed bounced back from their last month's big 0-4 away loss against Manchester United in style. The Blues are now at the sixth position in the league table having won two, drawn two and lost one. The fans of the 2016 Premier League champions came forward to hail the young guns.
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Young Tammy Abraham was on a roll at Molineux on Saturday as his hat-trick had completely left the Wolves clueless. However, accidentally, Tammy Abraham had also ended up benefitting the hosts as well by scoring an own goal. It happened in the second half. During the 69th minute, Abraham bundled’ Roman Saiss’ header into his own net. As a result of this, he also created an unwanted record for himself. Tammy Abraham is now the first and only player in the history of Premier League to register a hat-trick and an own goal in the same match.
(With AP Inputs)