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[Match Report]: CHELSEA 2 - 0 HULL

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Jose Mourinho made a winning return to the Chelsea dugout as his side beat Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League.

Frank Lampard was denied the first goal of the Portuguese's comeback when Allan McGregor saved his early penalty, but Chelsea were ahead shortly after when Oscar completed a flowing move with a poked finish. The hosts' lead was doubled by Lampard when he smashed home a free-kick from distance to set up a second half in which Premier League new-boys Hull battled valiantly to stay in touch with their opponents.

Mourinho handed starts to two stalwarts of his first spell at the club, with John Terry and Lampard returning at centre-back and in central midfield respectively. Hull manager Steve Bruce abandoned the 3-5-2 formation that served his side so well in Championship last season to deploy a 4-3-3 set-up with loanee striker Danny Graham leading the line.

The build-up to Sunday's game had focused on Mourinho's return to Chelsea, and the Portuguese's second stint in charge appeared set for a dream start when Hull goalkeeper McGregor wandered to the edge of his box to fell Fernando Torres with five minutes gone and concede a penalty. But the Scot would earn himself an instant reprieve, diving low to his right to pound away Lampard's well-hit spot-kick and keep the scores level.

It would take just under seven minutes for Chelsea to grab the breakthrough, when a fine exchange allowed Kevin De Bruyne to work space and the Belgian picked out a slide-rule pass that Oscar poked under McGregor's dive.

Lampard went close with a drive inside the box in the immediate aftermath of the first goal, but he eventually also got on the scoresheet midway through the first half courtesy of a ferocious 30-yard free-kick that dipped over the visiting goalkeeper. The second was little more than Chelsea had deserved, and they began to play with a degree of comfort rarely seen in a season-opening fixture after carving out a two-goal advantage.

They even almost added a third just before half-time, only for McGregor to prevent a Branislav Ivanovic header from crossing the line - a fact confirmed by the use of the Premier League's new Goal Decision System.

The second half started at a leisurely pace, with Chelsea happy to spend the opening 15 minutes keeping possession and stamping out Hull hopes of a meaningful counter-attack with ruthless defending. This prompted visiting manager Bruce to make a double substitution, with close-season acquisitions from Tottenham Hotspur Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone replacing David Meyler and Graham as Hull searched for a way back into the match.

A chipped effort from substitute Andre Schurrle was the closest either side came to scoring again in the final moments of the match.

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