Watford holds Chelsea to scoreless Premier League draw

WATFORD, England (AP) — Chelsea failed to turn late pressure into a goal in a 0-0 draw at Watford in the English Premier League on Wednesday.

Eden Hazard's introduction from the bench in the 73rd minute sparked the champions into life after they started sluggishly at Vicarage Road, but Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes produced brilliant saves to deny Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa.

Chelsea didn't have a shot on target until the 60th minute, with Watford creating the better openings early on for Odion Ighalo and Etienne Capoue.

Chelsea hasn't lost in nine games under new coach Guus Hiddink, but is in 13th place in a dismal defense of its title, 11 points adrift of the European positions.

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