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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

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Key events Show 2.23pm EST 14:23 FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United 1.46pm EST 13:46 GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United (Willian 57) 1.18pm EST 13:18 HALF TIME: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United 1.11pm EST 13:11 GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United (Clark 40) 12.40pm EST 12:40 GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United (Pedro 9) 11.34am EST 11:34 The teams 6.14am EST 06:14 Preamble Live feed Show

2.28pm EST 14:28

Chelsea take a good grip of fourth place. They move six points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, and nine ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United, the latter with a game in hand and a chance to close that gap tomorrow. They’re only a point behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur. It’s Arsenal next weekend!

Newcastle meanwhile remain in the bottom three. However with Cardiff City up next at St James’ Park, they’ll be hopeful of addressing that situation positively, and in short order. Not least because they play Manchester City and Tottenham afterwards.

2.23pm EST 14:23

FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United

Longstaff bursts into the Chelsea box down the right. He shoots for the top right. The ball takes a clip off Luiz, and it’s a corner to Newcastle. They load the box, but Ritchie and Atsu play it short, wasting the chance to put some late, late pressure on the hosts. Atsu eventually hoicks the ball over everyone’s head, and that’s that! Rafa wears a look of incredulity at what he’s just seen.

2.21pm EST 14:21

90 min +3: Chelsea knock it about, letting the clock do its thing.

2.21pm EST 14:21

90 min +2: Kante slips a pass wide right for Azpilicueta. He’s got men in the middle, but can’t find any of them with his cross. He’s unable to get the ball past first man Lascelles.

2.20pm EST 14:20

90 min +1: Willian busts a gut to earn a corner down the left. He then wastes it, with a little help from Hudson-Odoi, as the pair play it short and achieve nothing.

2.18pm EST 14:18

90 min: There will be four added minutes.

2.18pm EST 14:18

89 min: Longstaff looks to send Ritchie away down the left with another impressive crossfield ball. But it’s delivered just an inch or two too far upfield.

2.16pm EST 14:16

87 min: Hazard is replaced by Giroud. “In response to Benjamin Park, we should be just fine for top four without buying a striker in January,” opines Ciaran Crowther. “Hazard is auditioning for Real, remember, so his goals will probably be enough for top four before we say our goodbyes to him in the summer. Man United might challenge us if the Solskjaer feel-good effect puts them on a winning streak. Thinking long-term, a striker is urgently needed. Major investment needed during the summer in order to challenge for the title next season.”

2.15pm EST 14:15

86 min: Manquillo curls into the Chelsea box from a deep position on the right. Rondon rises above Azpilicueta at the far post, but his header flies wide left. A real chance spurned. Should he have gone back across Kepa towards the right-hand side of goal?

2.13pm EST 14:13

85 min: Jorginho tries to spring Hudson-Odoi clear down the right with a fizzing diagonal pass. But the young man goes too early, and the flag goes up for offside.

2.13pm EST 14:13

84 min: The Chelsea crowd are nervous all right, as their team defend this slim lead. Hazard plays a flick that doesn’t come off in the midfield, and the groans nearly take the roof off the stadium.

2.10pm EST 14:10

82 min: A double switch by Newcastle, as Perez and Yedlin are replaced by Murphy and Manquillo.

2.10pm EST 14:10

80 min: Hudson-Odoi replaces Pedro. The young Bayern Munich target is immediately serenaded with “We want you to stay” by the home support.

2.08pm EST 14:08

79 min: A period of possession for Newcastle now. Some patient passing. Longstaff strokes a lovely right-to-left ball to release Ritchie on the left. Ritchie’s cross is deflected out for a corner. The set piece is wasted, but there’s a sign that Newcastle are far from out of this match. A few nerves around Stamford Bridge.

2.05pm EST 14:05

77 min: Luiz is happily back up and about. A sore one, nothing more.

2.05pm EST 14:05

75 min: Rondon chests down a long ball, then lays off to Perez, who attempts to dribble his way into the Chelsea box. Luiz puts a stop to his gallop. Perez slips and catches Luiz as he falls, clattering into the defender’s standing leg. A free kick for Chelsea, and some necessary treatment to Luiz’s knee, which took a good old whack there.

2.02pm EST 14:02

73 min: Luiz sends the free kick towards the top left ... but it’s swerving all over the shop, and ends up missing the target by a big margin, high and to the left.

2.01pm EST 14:01

72 min: Chelsea put a stop to that with a period of sterile domination. A lot of pretty passing in triangles. They don’t look to be going anywhere, so Newcastle will be annoyed to see Perez lose his patience and needlessly bowl Alonso to the ground, 30 yards out. A chance for Luiz or Willian to score a trademark set-piece screamer?

1.58pm EST 13:58

70 min: Two-pass moves come at a premium right now. All very scrappy.

1.57pm EST 13:57

68 min: Lascelles is back on. Chelsea ping it around in the patient fashion, but go absolutely nowhere. A rare lull with quarter of the match remaining.

1.55pm EST 13:55

67 min: Lascelles injured himself while ensuring that Willian effort went out for a corner, running out of pitch and clattering into the advertising hoardings. He’s gashed his knee badly. He looks like he wants to continue, but he’s currently off the pitch getting some treatment.

1.54pm EST 13:54

65 min: The Luiz-Willian combination nearly undoes Newcastle again. Luiz rakes a long pass down the left that releases his team-mate. Willian draws Dubravka but this time the keeper gets a touch to ensure the ball goes wide left of the goal. Nothing comes of the corner.

1.52pm EST 13:52

63 min: Barkley comes on for Kovacic.

1.52pm EST 13:52

62 min: Jorginho is booked for a cynical tug on Rondon.

1.51pm EST 13:51

61 min: Perez and Rondon one-two their way into the Chelsea box. As Perez steps into the area, Rudiger gently tugs his wrist. Perez goes down, and he wants a penalty. He’s not getting it. Newcastle supporters who recall the Mo Salah incident on Boxing Day are permitted to raise their eyebrows. But it would have been a very soft penalty.

1.49pm EST 13:49

60 min: Hazard goes scampering down the inside-right channel. It’s a determined burst, but he’s robbed by Atsu, who sticks in a toe from behind. It’s a fine tackle. Hazard goes over, and the Chelsea fans explode in collective apoplexy. But the referee waves play on, and he’s called it right.

1.48pm EST 13:48

59 min: Do Newcastle have a second equaliser in them? That goal’s understandably deflated them; they were giving as good as they were getting beforehand. Chelsea by contrast are renewed. There appears to be an extra bounce in Hazard’s step, which doesn’t augur well for the Toon.

1.46pm EST 13:46

GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United (Willian 57)

What was that we were saying about a lack of quality in this game? Scrub that! No more! Hazard slips a pass down the left for Willian, who enters the box, shifts the ball onto his right foot, and curls a delicious shot across Dubravka and into the top right! The keeper had no chance! That was a lovely goal!

Updated at 1.53pm EST

1.45pm EST 13:45

56 min: Alonso zips down the left wing and pulls one back for Pedro, on the penalty spot. Pedro takes a first-time swipe, but there’s no power in the shot and it’s straight at Dubravka.

1.44pm EST 13:44

55 min: ... some head tennis. Lascelles tugs Rudiger, but gets away with it. Dubravka flaps. Newcastle can’t clear, but eventually the flag goes up for offside. There hasn’t been too much quality play in this match, but it’s been wonderfully entertaining ... and good luck predicting the outcome.

1.43pm EST 13:43

54 min: Kante’s not having it, though. He snaps into a challenge to strip Hayden of possession, and drives towards the Newcastle box. He slips a pass left for Willian, who enters the area and sees a low shot turned into the side netting. From the corner ...

1.41pm EST 13:41

53 min: Jorginho, in space and with time 30 yards out, sprays a pass into the stand on the left. The home crowd aren’t happy. Chelsea suddenly look a team with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

1.40pm EST 13:40

52 min: Luiz nearly splits Newcastle’s defence with a sliderule pass down the middle. Hazard can’t quite get onto the ball; Lejeune hoicks it away from danger.

1.39pm EST 13:39

51 min: Chelsea don’t look totally at the races. Luiz miskicks and nearly lets Rondon scamper clear. Hazard miscontrols. Kante lets a simple ball run under his boot. The crowd are vocal in their frustration.

1.38pm EST 13:38

49 min: Ritchie makes good down the left. His cross is eyebrowed away from goal at the near post by Atsu, who might have done well to leave the header to Rondon, standing behind him.

1.37pm EST 13:37

48 min: After making a superb save to keep Newcastle level, Dubravka looks to pluck the corner from the sky. He then drops it, and Ritchie is forced to hook away from Luiz in an emergency. Chelsea so close to regaining their lead!

1.36pm EST 13:36

47 min: A loose pass by Lascelles, 30 yards from goal, allows Kovacic to burst towards the Newcastle box. He slips the ball wide to Pedro, who is one on one with Dubravka. Pedro creams one towards the bottom left, but the keeper tips it around the post!

1.33pm EST 13:33

And we’re off again! Newcastle get the ball rolling for the second half. No changes. “Chelsea NEED a striker,” hollers Benjamin Park. “Willian plays wide, Hazard plays wide, and guess where Pedro plays. When the ball is on the wings, there’s nobody to put a cross into. Even the through balls go through the wings. Not sure if we can keep top four unless something changes ASAP.”

1.22pm EST 13:22

Half-time reading. Rafa is far from the only Premier League manager with problems. Here’s our man Andy Hunter on under-pressure Everton boss Marco Silva.

1.18pm EST 13:18

HALF TIME: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United

Chelsea are booed off by a section of their own support, which is a bit harsh. They were the better team for most of that first half. But Newcastle fought their way back into it, and after the equaliser looked very lively indeed. This could be a very interesting second half, so don’t be going out for your Saturday night quite yet!

1.16pm EST 13:16

45 min: Atsu and Rudiger combine at speed down the right. Eventually Yedlin is sent scampering away on the overlap, but he can’t find a team-mate in the area. Newcastle are suddenly a free-flowing confident collective! Chelsea need the half-time whistle desperately. They’ve got two added minutes to survive.

1.15pm EST 13:15

43 min: And now Rondon, pressing hard, bothers last man Rudiger, but can’t nick the ball off the defender. Chelsea work the ball away from danger.

1.14pm EST 13:14

42 min: This is suddenly a brilliantly entertaining match. Yedlin works his way down the right and hooks high into the Chelsea box. Ritchie meets the dropping ball with a volley from 12 yards ... but screws it miles wide right. Full marks for ambition, if not execution.

1.12pm EST 13:12

41 min: And Chelsea should have regained the lead within seconds! Kovacic wedges a pass down the inside left, releasing Willian into acres, the Newcastle defence totally asleep. He’s got to score, having drawn Dubravka off his line. But he pulls a shot wide left from close range. On the touchline, Rafa has reached the stage of teeth-baring anger.

1.11pm EST 13:11

GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United (Clark 40)

Clark, on the penalty spot, rises between Rudiger and Luiz and plants a stunning downward header into the bottom left. Kepa had no chance! That was perfectly placed. And it had been coming, Newcastle working their way slowly back into the game after a sluggish start.

Updated at 1.15pm EST

1.09pm EST 13:09

39 min: ... Luiz is forced to head behind in a panic with plenty of black and white shirts lurking. And from the second corner ...

1.09pm EST 13:09

38 min: Another corner for Chelsea on the left; another non-event. Newcastle go straight up the other end, Atsu winning one off Pedro on the left. From which ...

1.08pm EST 13:08

37 min: Rondon strips Jorginho of the ball, as the Chelsea midfielder faffs about in the midfield. Rondon races away, with Chelsea light at the back. But the play’s pulled back for the lightest of tugs. Jorginho a little bit lucky there; there are plenty of referees who would have waved play on.

1.06pm EST 13:06

35 min: Newcastle should be level. Rondon beats Luiz to a long ball, and sends Perez clear down the inside-right channel. He’s only got Kepa to beat, but slices his shot wide right. That’s poor, though perhaps good karma, because replays suggest Perez might have been just offside. So in that sense, fair’s fair. The flag didn’t go up, though.

Updated at 1.11pm EST

1.05pm EST 13:05

34 min: Kante clips Ritchie out on the left. A chance to load the box. The free kick’s tapped to Atsu, who can’t beat the first man. On the bench, steam continues to pour from Rafa’s lugs.

1.03pm EST 13:03

33 min: Chelsea attempt to reestablish their command by stroking the ball around the midfield awhile. Then Pedro has a dig from distance, but his shot, from the best part of 30 yards, bobbles harmlessly through to Dubravka.

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