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Chelsea snatch controversial 2-1 win over Newcastle

Chelsea snatch controversial 2-1 win over Newcastle
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard vie for the ball with Newcastle’s Ki Sung-yeung and Rondon during an EPL match on Sunday.
London, Aug 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/26/2018 12:23:03 PM IST

Chelsea snatched a hard earned 2-1 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday, thanks to a late own goal from DeAndre Yedlin.

However, the match game more notable for two controversial refereeing decisions than any of the football played, with the decisive goal coming after both sides had had contentious goals allowed to stand.

Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot after a foul by Fabian Schar on Marcos Alonso, with replays showing that the Swiss defender had won the ball, before referee Paul Tierney chose to ignore a clear foul in the build up to Newcastle’s leveller.

Rafa Benitez made six changes to the side that drew with Cardiff, handing full debuts to four players including number nine Salomon Rondon, as Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles missed out through injury.

Maurizio Sarri brought in Hazard and Mateo Kovacic for their first starts of the season and though Hazard’s return threatened to be short lived as he twice required first half treatment, he was eventually able to carry on for the full 90 minutes.

For thirty minutes, it was a drab encounter, with the home side sitting deep and Chelsea looking blunt, despite more crisp passing from Jorginho.

However, when Rondon headed just wide of the Chelsea goal, it seemed to shake the Blues into life. Pedro twice wasted good chances while Hazard also dallied when slipped in by N’Golo Kante.

After the break Chelsea looked sharper, and Cesar Azpilicueta came close to opening the scoring after a flowing move, before Alvaro Morata saw a decent opportunity go begging after a heavy first touch.

The Newcastle defence remained resolute, if a little more frantic than they had been before the interval, and Sarri threw on Olivier Giroud and Willian in search of a winner.

However, it was defender Antonio Rudiger who came closest, rattling the bar with a terrific strike from 30 yards before Tierney adjudged that Schar had fouled Alonso inside the box, allowing Hazard to score from the spot.

Minutes later there was more controversy as Tierney waved play on after DeAndre Yedlin appeared to have elbowed Giroud in the face. The right back then whipped a cracking ball in to the near post, where it was met by a superb header from substitute Joselu.

Newcastle were level for less than five minutes before Yedlin diverted Alonso’s scuffed effort past his own keeper.

 

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