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 By PA Sport

Chelsea knew they must avoid third-straight defeat - Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard admitted avoiding defeat was a priority for Chelsea in their 3-3 Champions League draw with Roma.

Chelsea came into the match on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and were facing a third straight loss after the Italians rallied from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes to go.

But Hazard headed in a late equaliser to secure a draw which keeps Chelsea top of Group C ahead of their trip to Rome at the end of the month.

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"We talked about this,'' Hazard said of the preceding defeats. "But we gave everything at the end of the game and we scored one [to equalise] and maybe we should score another one to win the game.

"But one point is enough today after two defeats, it's not easy to bounce back against a great team but we did.''

David Luiz had fired Chelsea ahead before Hazard doubled their advantage but Roma stormed back, inspired by ex-Manchester City pair Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko.

Kolarov pulled one back with the help of a deflection before Dzeko scored a brace -- the first a stunning volley.

Hazard's leveller means Chelsea top the group with seven points, two ahead of Roma, with three games left to play.

Hazard added on BT Sport 3: "It was a good result for both teams, but when you are 2-0 up at home you must win the game."

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