x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Drogba double gives Ancelotti and Chelsea winning start

Didier Drogba strikes in stoppage time to mark Carlo Ancelotti's first Premier League match in charge of Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Hull City.

LONDON // Didier Drogba struck in stoppage time to mark Carlo Ancelotti's first Premier League match in charge of Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Hull City. Drogba deceived Hull keeper Boaz Myhill with a lofted shot that may have been intended as a cross just when Hull seemed set to mark the opening day of the season with a surprise point. New signing Stephen Hunt, booed throughout by Chelsea fans because of a tackle that left goalkeeper Petr Cech with a fractured skull in 2006 when the Irishman played for Reading, shot Hull in front just before the half hour mark.

Hull, who narrowly survived their first season in the top flight in May, enjoyed their lead for just nine minutes before the Ivorian striker Drogba curled a free kick past Myhill. Chelsea improved after the break but were frustrated until Drogba popped up to clinch the points. * Reuters